Is Your Story Making You Sick?

Is Your Story Making You Sick?

Is Your Story Making You Sick? shows how people can rewrite the toxic stories they tell themselves.

The film reveals how individuals battling addiction, trauma, and depression can change their stories and transcend their pain.


“This film feels like some sort of unicorn that understands my experience.”

– Ruth, Codependents Anonymous

This film shows the truth of how trauma stays with you in your mind and physical body.
— Dawn Mullinax, Georgia Council On Substance Abuse
This film highlights the reality of generational trauma and empowers you to play a role in the healing of child and adult survivors.
— Josh Shipp, best-selling author & founder of One Caring Adult®

"If you're suffering,
see this film!"

– Kevin McCauley, creator of the international best-selling film Pleasure Unwoven



We’ve launched a national campaign to bring our film to communities across the country—catalyzing important conversations about this innovative and effective approach to healing. From addiction treatment to trauma communities and beyond, many have found our film to be a powerful tool to share a message of recovery, healing, and hope.


Host a screening in your community

Use our film to facilitate important conversations about recovery and healing. Invite the filmmakers for a live post-film Q&A including experts from your organization.


Share a virtual event with your online network

We’ll create a custom web page for your community to stream the film online. Following the screening window, we can host an interactive live Q&A.


Heal Your Story Toolkit

Our toolkit includes multiple lengths of the film, a comprehensive discussion guide and may qualify towards CE accreditation.




Is Your Story Making You Sick? 
is a breakthrough new documentary about an innovative approach to healing.

The film combines top experts in mental health, brave participants sharing their stories, and a revealing look at narrative therapy exercises and modalities. 



Leading Experts in addiction treatment, trauma, and mindfulness

Learn from decades of experience as these luminaries give scientific, evidence-based explanations for the transformations we see on screen. Experts include Ellen Langer, Gabor Maté, Dan Siegel, and others.


Ellen Langer

“The Mother of Mindfulness”

Harvard University

This film explores the deeper causes of sickness beyond what is traditionally recognized in western medicine.
— Ellen Langer
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Ellen Langer

“The Mother of Mindfulness”

Harvard University


Gabor Maté

Addiction Expert

Best-selling author

This film dramatically shows that illness is a product of our experience and how we interpret it.
— Gabor Maté

Dan Siegel

Brain Science Pioneer


People can change their lives by freeing themselves from narratives that are literally making them sick.
— Dan Siegel

Dan Siegel

Brain Science Pioneer



Carl Hart

Drug Policy Advocate

Columbia University

This film shows how the belief that drugs hijack one’s brain and creates an addiction ignores the real causes of their distress.
— Carl Hart


Moving Character Stories

The eight participants in the film were tired of living the way they were living. They were tired of living their lives through the lens of their past story and suffering; and tired of feeling disempowered and trapped in a box. Watch them find a way out.

“Characters bravely share their most difficult moments—choosing to not be defeated by them.”

-Olivia Newton-John, singer, songwriter, actress, and activist



Narrative Therapy Exercises and Modalities

Is Your Story Making You Sick? reveals interactive and cutting-edge practices that help individuals rewrite their story. The film provides a step-by-step depiction of how to conduct these healing exercises.


Passage of Transformation

Leaving our old perspectives behind and changing our stories.



Visualizing how our experiences are connected yet do not define us.


The 3 Chairs

Each chair represents three different lenses we use to interpret our stories.

Photo by Christina Weiboldt

Photo by Christina Weiboldt

About The Storyteller

Director Frances Causey is an Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist with 15 years experience as a Senior Producer at CNN and previous work hailed as a New York Times Critic’s Pick.

“This is a film I had to make because I knew it could make a difference in people’s lives”

– Frances Causey


Contact Producer Nick Kelso

To learn more about sharing Is Your Story Making You Sick? in your community!