Cinema Therapy for Substance Abuse and Addiction
In the intensive outpatient program at Inner-Work Counseling I often use Cinema Therapy to depict the many aspects of the recovery process.
I call it “Reel Therapy” in that film is a powerful art form that often imitates real life. Watching clips of movies in group helps people in recovery from substance abuse and addiction in a number of ways.
Cinema Therapy for substance abuse and addiction helps people go beneath their unconscious defenses and provides fodder for creative solutions to their problems. It reminds us of what we already know but may not be consciously applying to our healing and growth. It helps us stretch and change. The power of film helps model traits we have not yet nurtured quite enough. Film can inspire us through its stories of resilience. It helps us aspire to the qualities of the characters.
Cinema Therapy helps people in recovery from substance abuse, depression, anxiety and addiction invent new scripts, reframe problems, stimulate emotional release, helps prioritize values, offers hope, inspiration and encouragement.
Film helps evoke emotional responses to scenes that bring issues to the conscious level. We can also learn “by proxy,” by observing the qualities of characters in the story and integrating them into our own repertoire of life skills. Film is also a powerful method of catharsis or emotional release.
Regardless if you are in recovery from substance abuse and addiction, depression, anxiety or any other issue the power of film is waiting for you.