A mindful detox takes commitment. It requires one to think about how they are allowing the world to affect them and thereby they themselves are affecting the world. It’s cyclical with one either feeding or feeding on the other. How we choose to approach is solely upon our own heads moreover I choose to ACT. I’ve unknowingly utilized these very therapies I present here without knowing this was what it was, that it had a formal name or protocol.
ACT, Acceptance and commitment therapy, similar to cognitive-behavior therapy, is a form of counseling which uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies mixed along with commitment and behavior-change strategies, to increase an individual’s psychological flexibility. Once referred to as called comprehensive distancing, ACT therapies have many forms and the one that works best for you is for you to find I can only share with you what I have done. There are a plethora of protocols for ACT, depending on the behavior one is targeting. Such as, in behavioral health, a brief version of ACT known as FACT (focused acceptance and commitment therapy) is used.
The book Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The Process and Practice of Mindful Change (2 ed.) states the objective of ACT is not an elimination of difficult feelings; but rather, it is to be present in that which life brings us and to “move toward valued behavior”.
This therapy invites people to open up to unpleasant emotions and feelings, learning to not overreact to these emotions and feelings, to not avoid unpleasant situations where they are invoked. It’s about speaking the truth with the truth becoming what we speak. In Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, ‘truth’ is measured by the concept of ‘workability’. To determine the workability I ask myself what works to take another step toward what matters.
Accept your reactions and be present
Choose a valued direction
There are a plethora of resources on ACT Mindfully I find useful to help guide me through the process along with the linked articles throughout this blog.
Psychology Today (n.d.). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy | Psychology Today. Psychology Today. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/therapy-types/acceptance-and-commitment-therapy
Psychology Today (n.d.). An Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Psychology Today. Retrieved from http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/two-takes-depression/201102/introduction-acceptance-and-commitment-therapy
Wikipedia Contributors (27 Dec. 2017.). Acceptance and commitment therapy. Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acceptance_and_commitment_therapy#cite_note-7
N.a (n.d.). Free Resources | ACT Mindfully | Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Training with Russ Harris. Actmindfully.com.au. Retrieved from https://www.actmindfully.com.au/free_resources
Hayes, Steven C.; Strosahl, Kirk D.; Wilson, Kelly G. (2012). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The Process and Practice of Mindful Change (2 ed.). New York: Guilford Press. p. 240. ISBN 978-1-60918-962-4.