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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

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Man talks to therapist in an acceptance and commitment therapy programSubstance misuse and addiction recovery is a journey that requires a multifaceted approach. At The Canyon, an outpatient addiction treatment facility located in Santa Monica, California, we specialize in intensive outpatient programs (IOP), including our acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) program.

To learn more about our acceptance and commitment therapy program in Los Angeles, contact us at 424.465.5182. Our addiction therapy programs are designed to help participants identify and address the issues underlying their substance use disorder. Everyone deserves to live a happy, healthy life.


What Is an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Program?

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies together with commitment and behavioral change strategies. The goal is to create psychological flexibility, which helps individuals live in accordance with their values while developing resilience to negative thoughts and feelings.

In our ACT program, we help clients learn to stop avoiding, denying, and struggling with their inner emotions. Instead, they begin to accept these feelings as appropriate responses to certain situations without allowing them to influence their actions negatively. This approach helps our clients make healthier decisions that align with their personal recovery goals.

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Conditions That an ACT Program Can Help Treat

The Canyon’s acceptance and commitment therapy program can help treat a number of conditions, including:

  • Substance use disorder
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder

When a person struggles with substance use, they often are self-medicating an underlying mental health condition. An ACT program can help people develop skills to identify and manage these issues so they don’t lead to relapse in the future.

The goal of our acceptance and commitment therapy program is not only to reduce symptoms of mental health conditions and substance use disorders but also to help our clients develop a better understanding of themselves and their goals.

How an ACT Program for Addiction Treatment Can Help

ACT is particularly effective in addiction treatment because it addresses common issues such as avoidance and emotional pain, which often contribute to substance use disorders. Our ACT program can help clients in the following ways:


ACT encourages mindfulness, helping clients to live in the present moment rather than dwelling on past mistakes or worrying about the future.


Through ACT, clients learn to accept their emotions without judgment, understanding that feelings are a normal part of the human experience.

Values Clarification

ACT helps clients identify their core values and commit to living a life that reflects these values, which can provide motivation for recovery.

Coping Skills

ACT teaches clients how to cope with negative thoughts and feelings in a healthy way, reducing the need to turn to substances for relief.


Benefits of an ACT Program in Los Angeles at The Canyon

Choosing to participate in our ACT program at The Canyon offers several advantages:


We help provide compassionate support throughout the recovery process. They help clients develop the skills needed to:

  • Manage stress
  • Regulate emotions
  • Build healthier relationships

We also help guide people to develop a sense of purpose.

Real-World Application

As an outpatient treatment facility, we emphasize the importance of applying what you learn in therapy to real-world situations. Our ACT program helps equip clients with practical tools they can use in their daily lives.

Supportive Community

Participating in our ACT program means joining a supportive community of individuals who understand the challenges of recovery. Shared experiences can foster a sense of connection and mutual support.

Comprehensive Care

Our ACT program is part of a broader range of services we offer, including group therapy, family therapy, and holistic therapy. We believe in treating the whole person, not just the addiction.

At The Canyon, we strive to provide a high level of care that respects the dignity of each individual. Our ACT program is one way we help our clients navigate the path to recovery.

Call The Canyon Today

If you or a loved one are seeking help for substance misuse, we invite you to reach out to us and learn more about our ACT program and other services. Call us at 424.465.5182 or complete our online form to get started. We are here to help.