ACT website is http://contextualscience.org/ and
they have (or had) a list of efficacy research papers on there somewhere.
Likewise, you can email them to request that list.
worthwhile reading on ACT:
is just one of the mindfulness-based cognitive therapy-style treatments; the
others include Stan & Carolyn Block's much simpler and more
straight-forward mind-body bridging therapy or MBBT, I described last
night, as well as Jon Kabat-Zinn's mindfulness-based stress reduction or MBSR,
and several others.
all cases, it's about skills training, and the skills are:
Tolerance, or the capacity to disengage from and yet "be with" the
affective discomfort first developed by Kabat-Zin and Linehan in the late '80s;
Regulation, or the capacity to use tools / skills from REBT, CBT, and the MBCTs
to modulate the experience of "being with" the affective discomfort,
more or less like being able to control your experience of your
subjective units of distress (SUDS) even thought the
experience itself is not changed via reframing, reinterpretation,
"digestion," "metabolization," "process" and such
(MBBT is way down into this, but all of the MBCTs utilize it);
Labeling ("it's just a thought; it's not what
is"), questioning, reframing and revision to dismantle the
ego-structures of belief systems that mis-interpret experience and cause
pulled together a bibliography of addiction treatment resources more or less
relative to the understanding and treatment of addictions, and here
own articles on "Getting through Hangovers &
Withdrawal" and "CDDCR for Defense Mechanisms &
Treatment Resistance in Addiction Settings" on this list will
point you towards and/or explain a lot of the material elsewhere on this list.
Anyone who'd digested all this stuff and had your recovery experience
and street wisdom would be far closer to academically, professionally and
experientially "on top of it" than 90% of the so-called
"pros" I have yet encountered, most of whom fit neatly into "the
blind men with the elephant" rubric.)
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