Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) helps individuals understand the necessity to live with their negative emotions instead of attempting to push them away. ACT focuses on what values you have, and it provides a guide to help with moving toward your values instead of staying in the problem. ACT is known to have helped many individuals struggling with substance use disorder achieve sobriety.
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
Turn the Negative into Positive
History of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
ACT was introduced in the 1980s based on Relational Frame Theory. It centers around six core principles: cognitive de-fusion, acceptance, mindfulness, self-understanding, personal values and committed action. Applying ACT to substance use disorder actually didn’t start until the 2000s when Steven C. Hayes tested how such a treatment could help reduce the shame and other painful feelings associated with drug or alcohol addiction.
Benefits of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
ACT works well with 12-step approaches to drug and alcohol treatment, especially because it links to core ideology of accepting things that aren’t in your control. It is an action-based therapy where you feel more in control of how you perceive life situations. This can be helpful as a coping strategy throughout the recovery process, as well as for conditions such as chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy at New Hope Ranch
In drug and alcohol treatment, ACT often takes place after or in conjunction with behavioral therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). A therapist trained in ACT will work with you to learn the difference between thoughts and behaviors through discussion and exercises. This might include singing, role playing and humor.
While ACT is a proven therapy for substance use disorder, it’s not offered at many programs. We’re proud to have specially trained therapists for ACT because we know it’s such an important tool in a comprehensive drug and alcohol treatment program. We’re pleased to offer this therapy at New Hope Ranch. See how it could help you on your way to lifelong recovery.