We all know that life will naturally lead people to experience stress and anxiety. For some people, these stresses can be too much to bear, and addiction forms as an unhealthy way of coping with anxiety. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a behavioral therapy that strives to overcome negative thoughts and feelings by promoting a more fulfilled life. The goal of ACT is to help a person choose to act effectively even when faced with stressful or disruptive situations.
There are three main components to ACT:
- Accept the effects of life’s hardships
- Choose directional values
- Take action
ACT serves as the foundation for all treatment modalities at Silver Ridge. There is no way to completely eliminate difficult events from your life, but learning how to accept and manage them rather than turning to drugs or alcohol is an effective means of fighting addiction.
Separating Thoughts from Actual Facts
What drives a person to indulge in addiction? Studies have shown that it usually stems from extreme stress and feelings of worthlessness. Forgetting about problems by indulging in drug abuse or alcohol abuse may help you forget troubles for a time, but that does not mean they’re no longer there. The problems of today remain tomorrow, and they may be worse now because of the choices made yesterday.
Leaving problems unaddressed can lead to feelings of worthlessness. A person may think discouraging thoughts such as “I’m worthless. I can’t do anything. I will never be able to accomplish anything.” These feelings can further tempt a person to use substance abuse as a way to quiet the thoughts. ACT encourages people to address these thoughts and recognize them as perceptions and not actual truths.
The ACT Process
Just recognizing that thoughts are not always facts is not enough. Many people respond to recognition with resistance, but this creates an internal debate that can make the feelings worse. It is more important to accept the feeling and start making changes to make things better. For example, if a person was struggling with a past event, it would be important for them to accept the fact that it happened and choose to move forward rather than dwelling on what could have been different.
The ACT Process broken down:
- Accept – Accept that bad things happen or have happened. If you start to feel anxiety or stress, let it come and go as needed without acting upon it. Live through the anxiety rather than letting it dictate how you live.
- Defuse – When negative thoughts begin to plague the mind, remember that they are just thoughts. Change “I am bad” to “I think I am bad.” Reframing how you think of disturbing thoughts can help you overcome them once and for all.
- Focus – It’s tempting to dwell on the mistakes of the past, but you should focus on what you can do about it now. Do not avoid the thoughts by distancing yourself from them through substances. Ask yourself how you can make things actually better now.
Incorporating ACT into your day-to-day life can be difficult. At Silver Ridge, we will immerse you or your loved one into a program led by licensed and experienced therapists who can teach you the fundamentals of ACT. Treating addiction requires more than getting it out of your system—you need the tools to resist its pull for the future.
"This facility is amazing. I have worked in the substance abuse treatment field and I sent my own Mother to Silver Ridge to recover. It is a top notch facility all around and I highly recommend it."
At Silver Ridge clients are first and foremost treated with respect, kindness, and compassion. The midlife-specific groups allowed clients to form a bond with one another through shared life experiences."
- Kelly S.
"It was such a beautiful site, the home, and the mountains. I spent 42 days at Silver Ridge. My time there was emotionally healing. The therapy team worked together on my treatment plan. They really cared. I learned to love myself for the first time...I'm going to start a new chapter in my life because of Silver Ridge."
- Mary G.
"My experience has been great. I was able to gain a lot of knowledge and concentrate on my recovery. I am also very grateful for the accommodations, I am very thankful for Silver Ridge."
- Earl W.
"I came to Silver Ridge feeling like a broken man. I had lost everything I value because of my addiction. I really like myself now. Words can’t express my gratitude, Silver Ridge saved my life"
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"I entered Silver Ridge miserable and defeated. I left seeing hope & opportunity. The holistic, mid-life approach is fantastic. The clinical staff is truly top-notch. Their knowledge, insight, & compassion has been invaluable to me."
- Bryan H.
Individualized Treatment for Midlife Adults
We understand the challenges of this stage of life, and our program is specifically built to serve the mid-life adult in a meaningful and individualized way.
Our holistic approach supports your physical, mental, and spiritual health through a range of evidence-based treatment modalities.
Our staff are highly trained with dual mental health and substance use licensing. Our medical staff includes an ASAM certified addiction psychiatrist & an addiction-trained primary care physician.
From gourmet cuisine to our spacious, 10,000 square foot estate, Silver Ridge provides a tranquil and peaceful setting for recovery.
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