Episode 39 – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

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Episode 39 – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Nuggets from this Episode of the Podcast

  • The average person spends around 70% of their life on operating on auto-pilot, and this can lead to negative consequences such as addiction.
  • One of the main aims of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is to become aware (more mindful) of the auto-pilot mode so we can switch off negative patterns of behavior and develop a more meaningful and purposeful life.
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy can be challenging because it requires that we approach our life in a new way – we get better at using this tool simply by doing it.

A conversation between Jamie Wilkes and Paul Garrigan

In this episode of the podcast, Jamie chats about the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) program we offer at Hope Rehab. This is a popular course that is available to senior clients. ACT can help us to take control over our life by helping us to identify and overcome negative patterns of behavior that we perform on auto-pilot.

Hope Mindful Compassion Show – Episode 39

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Topics covered in this week’s show include:

  • What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?

  • What is the goal of this approach?

  • Is ACT a new approach? Where did it come from?

  • How can ACT be useful for clients in rehab?

  • How do clients engage in this therapy?

  • Does it work for everyone?

  • How do clients at Hope usually respond to ACT?

  • Is it a ‘learning thing’ or a ‘doing thing’?

  • Is this something clients can continue when they return home?

Reccomended Resources

ACT Peer Recovery Website 



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