On the road to recovery, several types of psychotherapy can help. One method is ACT, or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. This type of therapy can increase Mindfulness-Based Sobriety, showing clients how to accept their realities and take positive action. ACT therapy is available at Gateway locations in and around Illinois.
The final element of ACT therapy is taking action. Once clients have accepted their reality and chosen their direction, they can take action. ACT therapy is not just a theoretical exercise. The goal is to make concrete, lasting changes that lead to a better life.
Sometimes, this just means verbally committing to a change. A client might decide to begin a new fitness routine as a way to relieve stress. Another client might commit to nutritious meals as a way to regulate blood sugar and mood swings each day. Creating a solid plan makes it more likely that patients will work toward their new values and direction in life.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is often compared to mindfulness therapy. While the two treatment methods are different, they do have a lot in common. ACT encourages patients to be mindful of how they feel throughout the day. Registering their emotions and feelings is a huge part of recovery.
Mindfulness helps clients get away from their previous behaviors, some of which might be automatic. When clients stop and assess how they feel in the moment, then they can plan a course of action that aligns with their goals. This ties in naturally to the creation of new healthy coping mechanisms that can stave off relapse in the future.
If clients want to take responsibility for their futures and be more mindful, then acceptance and commitment therapy can help. At any of the Gateway locations, clients will be able to take full advantage of ACT. Call 877.381.6538 to learn more about creating a path to real and lasting sobriety today.