While those struggling with addiction may use substances to try to make their problems go away, it never works. Accepting reality so that you can take positive actions toward your recovery is the basis of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). This is one of the therapeutic modalities we offer at Gateway Foundation’s Chicago Independence center to help patients address the underlying issues contributing to their addiction.
Acceptance is not easy, even for those not grappling with addiction. When you decide to break free from substance use and get help, you may have a difficult time accepting painful emotions or even the process of getting sober. Through acceptance, however, you can let go and move on.
Acceptance and commitment therapy is a behavioral therapy that teaches you to accept painful feelings, thoughts and experiences as part of normal human existence. As you learn to face these without judgment rather than avoid them, you can commit to taking action based on your values to create a more fulfilling life.
ACT is not just theoretical. Each session encourages you to make concrete, lasting changes that will work with your new values and direction in life. There is also an element of mindfulness, similar to mindfulness-based therapy. By assessing how you feel at any given moment, your actions can better align with healthy goals for your life.
There are many benefits of ACT for those in addiction treatment:
If you are ready to accept your past and present and choose a more mindful future, we can help. At Gateway Foundation’s Chicago Independence center, you can take advantage of the many benefits of ACT as part of your comprehensive treatment plan.
Learn how we can help you create a path to real and lasting sobriety. Contact us online or give us a call at 773-867-5115.