According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in five U.S. adults has struggled with at least one mental health disorder in their lifetime. Most people experience the numerous challenges associated with such conditions and are looking for ways to help themselves or their loved ones.1
The National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics reports that 59.2 million people are currently struggling with drug or alcohol abuse. Fortunately, there is a wide variety of both medical and non-medical treatment options that can help you manage both mental health disorders and addiction. Acceptance and commitment therapy is one of the alternative non-medical treatment approaches that are quickly gaining popularity because it encourages the patient to embrace their thoughts and feelings as part of treatment.2
Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), also known as mindfulness act therapy, is a hands-on approach to psychotherapy that borrows heavily from cognitive behavioral and traditional behavior therapy. It encourages patients to embrace their feelings and thoughts instead of fighting or avoiding them.
ACT is based on the concept that suffering is a natural and inevitable experience. Effective acceptance and commitment training combines mindful act therapy skills with self-acceptance to help you develop psychological flexibility. By helping you overcome difficult emotions and thoughts, acceptance-based therapy helps you concentrate your energy on healing instead of negative thoughts.
While more research is needed to accurately compare the effectiveness of act therapy techniques, initial studies are showing promising results for ACT.
Based on current studies, acceptance and commitment therapy has proven beneficial in the treatment of various conditions, including:3
Though mindfulness is a huge part of commitment and acceptance therapy, ACT differs from other mindfulness-based approaches. ACT mindfulness exercises help the patient develop nonjudgmental thoughts and feelings by staying in the moment instead of thinking about the past, trying to change the present, or focusing too heavily on the future.
In contrast, other mindfulness-based approaches work by more directly addressing the issues affecting one’s mindset; it could be the past, present, or future. While it might seem a bit counterproductive, focusing solely on the present can bring a person a sense of peace, purpose, and happiness.
One of the primary benefits of ACT is its impact on psychological flexibility, which is the ability to focus on and embrace your present thoughts and emotions. This allows you to respond to your inner experience thoughtfully, which helps avoid short-term impulsive actions.
While it can be an effective treatment option, there are a few limitations to acceptance and commitment therapy. The most significant limitation is that it doesn’t look at the core issues that lead to negative experiences, such as genetics. However, the benefits can outweigh the limitations of ACT since it helps you to:
Different mental health professionals offer acceptance and commitment therapy, including social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, or mental health counselors. At Soledad House, we employ an array of mental health professionals to help you achieve your desired lifestyle.
Our facility is a recovery program for women, and we offer highly effective treatments in a peaceful healing environment in San Diego. Acceptance and commitment therapies are often part of effective addiction treatment programs, though each program is tailored to meet the needs of all of the women in recovery here.
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Feel free to contact Soledad House today if you or a loved one could benefit from therapeutic healing. We will be here for you every step of the way.