Many people begin to abuse drugs or alcohol because they feel their lives are painful and out of control. In those cases, substances seem to provide a short-term solution to the problem. However, abusing drugs and alcohol works the opposite way, often complicating the issues you might have. If you find yourself in this situation, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy might work for you. Also known as ACT, this type of therapy focuses on first accepting the pain that comes from the problem. Once you begin to accept the pain and difficulty, you learn to live with the situation, instead of trying to control it.

Acceptance and commitment therapy is often part of a group sessionAt Gateway Foundation Aurora, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is one of the treatments we employ to help you recover. Our treatments and services are evidence-based, which means they are supported by research. Additionally, our patients have greatly benefitted from these treatments, which have helped them reach successful sobriety. With 50 years serving over a million patients, we promise support and professional care and guidance while you work on your recovery.

The Basic Themes of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

ACT treatment revolves around six basic themes, designed to guide your recovery process and to serve you long after you complete our addiction treatment programs. The goal of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is to teach you to live according to your values and beliefs. When you can do this, you can also learn to live with adverse situations in a healthy manner. The six themes that guide the practice include:

  • Your values and how to live according to them
  • Taking action by defining the goals to help you become who you want to be
  • Identifying the thoughts that create conflict in your life so you can take their power away
  • Accepting the negative things in your life and learning to live with them
  • Observing and reflecting on what is going on in your own life
  • Learning to live in the present moment, so you can enjoy your life instead of worrying about the past or future

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy vs. Other Traditional Therapies

ACT is relatively new, compared with older, more established therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. However, research shows that Acceptance and Commitment Therapy works relatively fast and is beneficial to many people struggling with drug and alcohol abuse. While the therapies we offer are all evidence-based, more traditional therapies often focus on erasing the problems you face by working on your behavior. ACT teaches you that feeling pain from your problems is a normal part of life. At the same time, you learn that trying to control this pain is not a way to solve the problem. It is actually part of the problem itself. The most significant benefit is that the strategies you learn while participating in this therapy will be useful throughout your whole life.

Services and Therapies to Help You Succeed

At Gateway Foundation Aurora, we believe in treating the whole person, not just the disease. With this in mind, our medical professionals design individualized treatments plans for each patient. You participate in holistic activities, focused on healing your body, mind, and spirit. You also receive evidence-based services to treat your addiction. Along with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, our services and treatments include:

We believe addiction is a life-long disease, so we are committed to offering support long-term. Whether you are going through Withdrawal Management, counseling, aftercare or part of our Alumni Engagement program, we are there for you. After you complete treatment, we provide opportunities for you to continue focusing on recovery. We have an active addiction Recovery Community where you can share your story with recovering patients and lead support groups and activities.

If you are seeking a way to recover from addiction and you want guidance that benefits you for life, you can find help with our Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Call Gateway Foundation Aurora at 630.966.7400 today to turn your life around.