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Films And Your Recovery

By May 29, 2024No Comments



Many people do not realise that watching a lot of films can be a great help in their Recovery.

It sound so easy, how it can be so helpful?

We know that the Recovery journey is not an easy process, but it is important that we look  for different ways to make it more interesting for ourselves. Sometimes the simpler things can have the biggest positive affect on us, and watching films is one of them.

Even Aristotle, theorized that plays have the capacity to purify the spirit and aid us in coping with those aspects of life that cannot be reconciled by rational thought. Applying this concept to the 21st  century is using films in Recovery.

Films draw us into the viewing experience and at the same time, more easily than in real life, offer a unique opportunity to retain a perspective outside the experience. As observing helps us to “step back”, the bigger picture becomes more obvious. We develop a skill to see ourselves and the world more objectively, with less of our habitual rigid, judgmental, or emotional filtering.

Films can connect us to the characters and plots-furnishing role models, providing inspiration and hope, and offering new solutions to old problems. They assure us that we are not alone, that others have experienced hardship and triumphed

Many of you are familiar with the theory of seven different ‘intelligences’. The more of these intelligences we access, the faster we learn because they employ different methods of information processing. Watching films can engage all seven of them: the logical (plot), the linguistic (dialogs), the visual-spatial (pictures, colours, symbols), the musical (sounds and music), the interpersonal (storytelling), the kinesthetic (moving), and the intra-psychic (inner guidance).

Every film has some impact on us. Films are not good or bad, I do not like the word ‘Film Critic’. I think every film can play some role, we either like it or not like it but it can definitely help us learn to have an opinion.

Films can be a powerful tool in our healing, they can help us to get in touch with our emotions on a deeper level, they can help us learn to understand ourselves and others more. Films can bring us new inspiration and develop our personal growth and self-discovery.

It is a great exercise and helps in improving our conscious awareness . We learn how to laugh more. We learn that crying is very healing,  and we feel much better after  because neurotransmitters in tears release emotional stress.

Films are one of the best way how to improve our communication with people, we can watch films with friends, with family members, with children and enjoy discussing them. Films can be endless topics in our conversations.

Although people might be surprised when a therapist recommends a movie, using fiction as a clinical tool is not actually new. Since the 1930s, when Dr William C. Menninger first assigned fiction to psychiatric patients, therapists have introduced literature-novels, short stories and poetry-into the therapeutic process. Movies are simply the latest, most accessible and time-saving addition to what has become known as Bibliotherapy.

Movies connect a client’s world to the characters and plots-furnishing role models, providing inspiration and hope, and offering new solutions to old problems. They assure clients that they are not alone, that others have experienced hardship and triumphed. Clinicians have found movies particularly effective in couples therapy.

Our lives are like a film, we are the directors, the actors and the script writers, watching more of these will help us to make our own story even richer and full of life.

Let’s start to enjoy the movies…



Healing power of Film therapy :


Laughter can create distance from problems, and enhance a sense of wellbeing: Scientific research has proven what many have held intuitively for a long time: laughter can lead to an increase in activity in the immune system (T cells, immunoglobulin A and G, gamma interferon, and Natural Killer Cells). Laughter can also decrease stress hormones, which constrict blood vessels and suppress hormone activity (epinephrine and dopamine).

If you are obsessing over something and just want to get a little vacation from your troubles, a funny films be a powerful tool. This is not about “escaping” from your problems. It might help you to approach a solution with less emotional involvement and a fresh and creative perspective. If you are feeling good already and would like to enhance your sense of well-being, view a film that makes you laugh. Which films makes you laugh depends on your taste, personality, and life situation.


Researchers found the reason why we feel better after crying. They discovered two important neurotransmitters in tears, which release emotional stress. Leucine-enkephaline is one of the brain’s natural opiates associated with pain relief, while prolactin is released from the pituitary gland in response to stress. Unreleased, pent up emotions may find an outlet somewhere else such as in ulcers, colitis and other stress-related conditions.

Sometimes we experience challenges in our life, such as losses or disappointments, as so overwhelming that tears don’t even come, even though we know from experience that it would feel so good to cry. A film that makes us cry can stimulate the emotional release we need. This might lift our spirits for the moment and open the door to a new perspective. Our emotional healing process can start this way.

Gaining hope and encouragement

No film by itself can reverse a negative worldview. But if we feel temporarily helpless and discouraged, films that begin in despair and end in triumph can give us hope. If we can identify with characters, trapped in their circumstances, and share their disappointments as well as unsteady steps toward liberation, we may find reason for optimism in your own situation. We can gain the courage to do what is necessary to change our situation.

Questioning negative beliefs about yourself and rediscovering your strengths

Sometimes we may hold negative beliefs about us. At those times we are not aware of our assets and the means by which we can access them. We need some help to recall forgotten and discounted resources and to become aware again of opportunities for those resources to be applied. Allow us to identify with film characters that have their ups and downs, as they do in almost all films. Did they find solutions to their problems through skills that we may have forgotten we had too? Most likely, these skills seem still somehow familiar and accessible to us. A shift in our perspective can happen, when we recognize and appropriate resources from our own repertoire. An integration of our “reel life” into “real life” can best take place when we reflect on the film afterwards by us, or with a practitioner, or a friend. We ask ourselves: Do I discount the skills and strengths that I have in common with the movie characters. Write these strengths down on a sheet of paper. Place this paper somewhere in your house where you see it frequently.

Improving communication

Our communication with our partner, friend, or colleague might be strained because we try to communicate a concept that is unfamiliar to him or her. Some films demonstrate how communication can go wrong. We can learn from them as well as from the films that model good communication. With a friend or partner we can watch a movie together. Choose a film with the message we want to convey. A film can introduce understanding through readily grasped images. By watching the film together and explaining to our partner or friend why we picked that particular film, we may be able to enter into a more productive conversation. The film serves as a metaphor that might more accurately represent the feelings and ideas that we had trouble putting into words.