Monday, March 18, 2019

Gateway: WHAT IS ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an evidence-based practice that helps patients overcome their substance use problems by overcoming experiential avoidance. This practice can be personalized to fit their individual life circumstances. 

WHAT ARE THE SIX THEMES OF ACT?
  • Values
  • Action
  • Cognitive fusion
  • Acceptance
  • Observation
  • The present  
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ACT?
  • Promotes the development of both value- and goal-orientated behaviors
  • Encourages individuals to develop short-term and long-term goals for themselves
  • Increases psychological flexibility while decreasing the desire for patterns that lead to the patient’s suffering 
  • Helps patients embrace their thoughts, feelings and experiences in a compassionate manner 
WHAT DOES THE RESEARCH SAY ABOUT ACT?
ACT has not been a practice for as long as other practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and 12-Step programs, but recent research shows its effectiveness in reducing  opiate and other drug use. Studies also indicate that ACT is helpful in alcohol recovery.

About Gateway Foundation
Since 1968 our goal has been straightforward: to help clients get their life back on track and achieve a life of sobriety, free from drug use and symptoms of mental illness, that is productive, socially responsible and healthy. Gateway Foundation is the largest nonprofit treatment provider in the country that specializes in the treatment of substance use disorders, providing treatment for men, women, adolescents and clients diagnosed with co-occurring mental health disorders.

Gateway's professional clinicians help thousands of individuals successfully complete treatment by developing a personalized plan that treats the underlying causes of substance abuse—not just addiction to drugs or alcohol.



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