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Movie Therapy

As times change, new resources become available. One such resource is a relatively new, creative therapy for dealing with addiction. Movie Therapy, otherwise known as Cinematherapy, involves watching specific movies that discuss different forms of addiction, such as drug abuse, alcoholism, or any other potentially damaging addiction. After watching the film, the client participates in a personal reflection of the characters and events either independently or with a therapist. Watching the characters deal with things that they can relate to offers the client a way to not only see the events from a different perspective but also see how the characters react and adapt during the movie.

There are many reasons why Movie Therapy is effective. Movies often show characters dealing with intense emotions like rejection, uncertainty, inadequacy, failure, loss, and low self-esteem. As a viewer, you watch these characters make decisions and search for solutions to their feelings and predicaments. The viewer can learn from the mistakes the characters make and find confidence in their own decisions as they watch the character meet a successful resolution. Sometimes watching a movie that really hits close to home, emotionally creates a new level of clarity.  

If Movie Therapy sounds like something worth trying, here are a few movies to start your trial of Movie Therapy.

  • 28 Days
  • When a Man Loves a Woman
  • Drugstore Cowboy
  • Postcards from the Edge
  • Leaving Las Vegas
  • Flight

As you watch these movies, consider what parts of them are hard to watch, bring out specific emotions, and define which emotions you feel. Determine which characters you relate most to and why you feel that way. Consider what positive actions occurred during the film that you could relate to your own life and how you would implement those changes.

If you or a loved one is new to recovery and unsure how to handle the transition back into life after treatment, please call Villa Tranquil at 214-799-3080 to speak with an addiction consultant about the services offered at Villa Tranquil. Women ages 18-65 are invited to join Villa Tranquil’s educated staff and like-minded patients as they work together toward a common goal of sobriety. Your life is what you make it each day. Don’t waste another day, call Villa Tranquil now to begin your recovery journey is a positive, serene environment. Make Villa Tranquil your recovery home away from home.