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ACT in Addiction Treatment

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Welcome to Buckeye Recovery Network, your trusted partner in Outpatient Addiction Treatment in Huntington Beach, CA. You’ve come to the right place if you or your loved one is seeking effective Substance Use Treatment and Recovery options. In this article, we’ll introduce you to ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), a powerful and innovative approach to addiction treatment that can transform lives. Let’s dive into how ACT can lead to lasting recovery and a healthier life.

Understanding ACT: What It Means for You

ACT stands for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. It’s a holistic therapeutic approach that goes beyond just treating addiction symptoms. Our team at Buckeye Recovery Network believes in addressing the root causes of addiction while empowering individuals to create meaningful, values-driven lives.

The Core Principles of ACT

  • Mindfulness : ACT encourages mindfulness, helping individuals stay present and connected to their thoughts and emotions without judgment. This practice aids in developing greater self-awareness and emotional regulation.
  • Acceptance : Instead of resisting or avoiding painful emotions, ACT teaches individuals to accept and embrace them. This shift in perspective allows for a healthier relationship with discomfort and challenges.
  • Values Clarification : Identifying personal values and aligning actions with them is a cornerstone of ACT. This helps individuals make choices that are in harmony with their true selves.

Breaking Free from Cognitive Fusion

In ACT, cognitive fusion refers to the entanglement of thoughts and emotions. Through mindfulness exercises and cognitive defusion techniques, individuals learn to untangle themselves from unhelpful thought patterns contributing to addictive behaviors.

The Role of Committed Action

ACT emphasizes the importance of taking committed action towards one’s values. In the context of addiction treatment, this means setting goals and making daily choices that align with the desired recovery journey.

Dealing with Urges and Cravings

  • Creating Space : ACT teaches individuals to create a mental space between themselves and their cravings. This enables better decision-making and reduces impulsive reactions.
  • Mindful Distancing : By observing cravings without judgment, individuals can ride out the wave of urges and prevent relapse.

Building Resilience and Embracing the Journey

In the path to recovery, building meaningful connections is essential. Isolation can worsen addiction’s grip, fostering strong relationships crucial. ACT emphasizes developing these connections to provide vital social support that aids recovery. Simultaneously, navigating setbacks requires a compassionate approach. Relapses and setbacks are natural occurrences during recovery. ACT’s emphasis on self-compassion allows individuals to face these challenges with kindness rather than self-criticism. By doing so, they can learn and grow from setbacks, further strengthening their journey.

ACT teaches the significance of embracing the present moment. Often, addiction is fueled by dwelling on the past or fearing the future. By practicing mindfulness and fully engaging with the present, individuals can alleviate anxiety, enhance their overall well-being, and take proactive steps toward lasting recovery.

Your Journey, Your Design

At Buckeye Recovery Network, we believe that each individual’s journey to recovery is unique. ACT empowers individuals to take ownership of their recovery process, designing a path that suits their values, strengths, and aspirations. If you’re ready to take the first step towards a transformed life, access our Substance Use Treatment and Recovery services today. Our team is dedicated to providing you with the tools and support needed for a successful recovery journey.


ACT focuses on developing psychological flexibility and values-based living, creating a more holistic and lasting transformation.

Yes, ACT can be applied to various types of addiction as well as co-occurring mental health issues.

The duration of treatment varies based on individual needs. Our team will work with you to create a personalized plan.

Absolutely! The skills learned in ACT can be integrated into your daily routine for continued growth and well-being.

Our holistic approach, compassionate team, and client-centered care set us apart. We’re here to support your journey to lasting recovery.

Kelsey Gearhart

Director of Business Development

Kelsey carries multiple years of experience working in the substance abuse and mental health treatment field. Her passion for this field comes from her personally knowing recovery from addiction.

Prior to Buckeye she held titles of Recovery Coach, Operations Director, and Admissions Director. Kelsey was brought on at Buckeye Recovery as the Director of Business Development. She has a passion for ensuring every individual gets the help that they need, and does so by developing relationships with other providers.

Kelsey also oversees our women’s sober living environments – The Chadwick House for Women. She is committed to creating a safe, nurturing, and conducive environment for all women that walk through the doors of Chadwick.