Comedian Adam Ferrara once introduced himself when going on stage at the Just for Laughs festival by saying, "Hello, my name is Adam and I am a boyfriend. It's been two years since my last decision. The other day I had the urge to make a decision, but I called up my sponsor and he talked to me until those feelings went away.
By the end of their involvement in the series they have decided to become superheroes again , reasoning that they are adults now and can responsibly handle the situation. His story makes everyone else feel better about themselves. Ostensibly it serves to help people who want to get out of the supervillain business move on with their lives. In reality most of the people in it are only there because of court-mandate and still commit crimes when no-one's looking.
Notable members include Boomerang, Grizzly, the Looter, and Mirage. PS has a support group for metahumans who have been Brought Down to Normal. In Robin Tim goes undercover to a gambling support group when trying to track down the new violent thieving vigilante Violet since she's targeting underground casinos and gambling rings. The Catholic church that hosts the group has a signboard listing a bunch of different support groups for addicts and people dealing with various traumas like having cancer or losing a loved one.
Comic Strips Get Fuzzy: Pinkie says she's there because she likes granulated sugar. Films — Animation Finding Nemo has a group for sharks who want to give up eating fish. Besides the title character, the support group includes Bowser , Dr. Robotnik , a zombie , Zangief, and M. Clyde the Ghost seems to be the leader of the group, and the meeting place seems to be the ghost respawn box in the Pac-Man maze International Man of Mystery. Scott Evil wants to be a veterinarian.
In Half Baked , Thurgood Jenkins goes to a drug addiction meeting to help him quit marijuana. Marijuana is not a drug. I used to suck dick for coke. Now that's an addiction. You ever suck some dick for marijuana? Like Dexter, the eponymous serial killer of Mr. Brooks attends an addiction support group to deal with his compulsion to kill.
Brooks did this before that season of Dexter happened, too. In Two for the Money, Al Pacino's character is a a reformed gambling addict, but one who stills runs a business advising sports gambling to people willing to bet millions of dollars on it.
At one point he visit a Gambler's Anonymous support group, seemingly as part of staying off his gambling kick Rachel Getting Married has Kym attending local Narcotics Anonymous meetings for a few days before her sister's wedding; this is how she meets Kieran, who she ends up sleeping with, although it's not clear whether they'll actually keep in touch once Kym leaves town. Fred Claus has Siblings Anonymous, frequented by siblings of celebrities such as Frank Stallone, Roger Clinton, Steven Baldwin and of course, the title character who is the brother of Santa.
The vast majority of 28 Days the one with Sandra Bullock, not the one with the infection takes place at a rehab center, playing the trope deadly straight most of the time. At the end of his diatribe, he asks if there's more coffee. Hugh Grant attends a single parents' i. Plot follows when he begins dating one of the women, having "bared his soul" about being a single parent: Will Ferrell 's character in Blades of Glory is a sex addict in recovery.
The opening narration in The World's End is in fact a story recounted to a support group. In the thriller Changing Lanes , Samuel L. Jackson plays a recovering alcoholic who is on the verge of turning his life around, as evidenced by his cheery speech at an AA meeting near the beginning of the film. Unfortunately for him, the situation is about to change drastically for the worse.
Amy goes to Alcoholics' Anonymous meetings in Men with Brooms. Where she is hit on by, and brutally and hilariously shoots down a creepy biker guy, complete with an interpreter translating her rather crude choice of words into sign language.
Anger Management has a support group. In order to help promote his public image, Hancock is convinced by Ray into voluntarily serving time in prison to make up for the zero Hero Insurance he had, and all the collateral damage he has often caused for just being himself day by day.
He attends a support group of other prisoners who just share their problems to help explain why they committed the crimes that put them in prison, and how to cope with those problems. Repeatedly, Hancock was asked if he would like to share anything, and he always passed. He finally starts to open up and shares few brief words to the group. He progresses better and better with each group meeting after that.
But I'm a Cheerleader presents its ex-gay program in such a manner, highlighting exactly how effective it is. The independent film Boiler Maker involves two bank robbers taking refuge in a building that's currently being used for a weekly Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.
To say the combination is "explosive" is to understate it. As in the book, the movie of Fight Club has the main character going to support groups for people with terminal diseases even though he doesn't have one , because he finds that witnessing their misery allows him to sleep.
It stops working when he encounters Marla, who does the same thing. Of course, it's more obvious that she's a fraud when she attends a support group for a condition that is impossible for her to have had: The Pretty One features a support group for surviving twins, complete with a lonely circle of folding chairs in a gymnasium, and the standard introduction.
John Link is a recovering alcoholic. He frequently attends AA group sessions with his neighbor and best friend Kirby serving as his sponsor, who often gripes that John doesn't make it easy for him. Ava's Possessions is a horror-comedy about a woman who attends a support group for people who have been subject to long-term demonic possession while trying to deal with the fall-out of the things the demon did in her body.
Literature From The Fifth Elephant — that's where the meeting is, though the group is mentioned in later books — there is the Black Ribboners, for vampires who wanted to quit drinking blood. Also, mentioned in Thud! Step one, stop using drugs, or Detritus will beat the crap out of you.
Played straight and discussed in Feet of Clay , when Vimes claims to be addicted to policing, and says that while he goes to meetings for his drinking problem, there's nowhere for people to say things like "My name is Sam, and I'm a suspicious bastard. He reacted to other's trauma by finally relaxing enough to sleep. When Marla ultimately forces him to leave the groups out of humiliation, he and Tyler found Fight Club.
Chuck Palahniuk loves this trope. The protagonist of Choke is a sex addict who routinely picks up women at his Sexaholics Anonymous meetings. While he is indeed a sex addict, his biggest problem is his growing cannibalistic urges. Nathaniel Cade from President's Vampire visits Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, even though he never speaks during them, as he considers alcoholics' addiction similar to his Horror Hunger and believes this keeps him closer to humanity by the way of You Are Not Alone.
Rachel's Holiday by Marian Keyes has this in spades, not unexpected since it deals with the titular character's recovery from drug addiction. Mostly it's mentioned in passing, but at least one meeting is described in detail. Alcoholics Anonymous plays a large role in Doctor Sleep , such as by providing crucial links between characters. Live-Action TV Happy Endings Max takes Brad to support groups and tells the same his father and the ice tray story at all of them to get free food-first AA so Max can get donuts, then an Overeaters group so Brad can have healthy food.
Max then invokes Ruleof Three -"think we should do one more? We should do one more. At an anger management group, Locke goes into a bitter diatribe about his biological father conning him out of a kidney with feigned love and affection.
And meets his love interest, who comes up to him after the session to tell him she shares his disdain for the sad sacks filling the group. Another episode features a confrontation between Jack and Christian at Christian's AA meeting; the fight pushes him off the wagon. One literal Lifetime Movie of the Week has one of these for a son who'd been beating his mother, engaging in a few Freudian slips in his near- Motive Rant at which the guy he's talking to nods in an irritatingly smug, see-what-you-said-there way.
Niki is an alcoholic who was approached by her also alcoholic father, after years of estrangement, at a meeting. He used a claim of alcoholism to cover for his previous years of erratic behavior. Roseanne criticized AA in the same vein as South Park. Malcolm in the Middle: Francis has Lois and Hal come to his meeting for his one-year anniversary sober.
When they get there, everyone calls the reason they drink their "Lois" due to Francis' exaggerated stories about her. Including a veteran who says the Vietnam War was his Lois. Oh, and Francis isn't even an alcoholic. He goes there just to complain about Lois to a large group of people. Seinfeld has "The Apology" in which George doesn't get an apology he insists on from a guy going through AA.
He talks to the guy's sponsor, who then takes George Rageaholics Anonymous so he can get help. George resists this and confronts the man again, driving HIM to go Rageaholics.
Meanwhile, there was Germaphobes Anonymous in that episode that Puddy used to go to and eventually Puddy, Elaine and Elaine's germaphobe coworker all end up at-because Kramer made a salad for them while showering with it.
Dexter has the title character go into Narcotics Anonymous after he covered up his strange behavior related to his serial killing by telling his girlfriend he is an addict she assumes it's heroin. The therapy ends up reaching over into his desire to kill, but also set him up with an enabler. And causes him to meet a hot Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette whose supportive sexual relationship actually keeps him clean for much of the season. Everybody Loves Raymond parodied it with an almost cult-like group of hippie wannabes.
Robert's cousin persuades him to join this "feel good about yourself" support group; Robert gets to feeling good and convinces Raymond to visit the group. It all turns out to be a big scam on the part of the group who just wanted to meet famous sportswriter Raymond.
Charlie spoke at the meeting, describing his own feelings of powerlessness as if being in a prison. Dani was the only one at the meeting who knew Charlie had been in prison, framed for murder.