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When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story

When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story

Photo Credit: Erik Heinila
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Sunday, April 25, 2010 4.6 8 2
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  • Season: 2009-10
  • Network: CBS
  • Genre: Drama
  • Category: Movies
  • Subject Matter: Biography, True Story, Period Piece, Addiction Story
  • Based On: The Lois Wilson Story: When Love is Not Enough written by William G. Borchert

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Plot Synopsis

Based on the book "The Lois Wilson Story: When Love is Not Enough" by William G. Borchert. In 1918 Lois Burnham married Bill Wilson believing he was destined for greatness despite his increasing reliance on alcohol. By 1927, he was working on Wall Street and they were living a luxurious lifestyle. But despite her valiant efforts to control his drinking, Bill's addiction to alcohol spiraled out-of-control, destroying his career. After years of trying to manage his illness by herself, she finally witnessed him get and stay sober from the support of fellow alcoholics. When he co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935, she began to feel neglected and resentful, as he had gotten sober without her help. She soon discovered she was not alone in her isolation and anger; there were countless family and friends whose lives and relationships had been devastated because a loved one was an alcoholic or drug addict. Thus was born Al-Anon, which she co-founded in 1951. Together, Lois and Bill Wilson started movements that have helped millions of people around the world.


Production Company:

  • E1 Entertainment IAW Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions

Production Type:

  • Independent
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