Applying ACT to Addictions SIG

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Applying ACT to Addictions Special Interest Group

Affiliated 2013

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Contact Information

Henry Steinberger, Ph.D.
Private Practice
Madison, WI, USA

Mission Statement

The mission of the Applying ACT to Addictions SIG is to foster the application of ACT and CBS to the understanding and treatment of harmful substance and activity addictions leading to their alleviation.

Topics of Interest

We will develop and share better skills and techniques for the application of ACT specifically to problems of abuse and dependence on substances, and compulsive engagement in harmful activities. We will certainly keep abreast of current research and trends in the field of addictions. We plan to dedicate some energy to updating the practices used in addiction rehabilitation programs (both inpatient and outpatient) and addiction therapy and support groups to include applications of contextual science as well as other science-based techniques and practices.

Description of SIG membership 

We are an international group of researchers, teachers, and therapists who see a rather clear connection between having addictions and attempts to avoid private internal experiences, fusing with some very unhelpful thoughts/ideas, and a disconnect from one's values.

SIG Activities

We plan to meet to discuss how to best organize our SIG, organize and promote workshops demonstrating the application of ACT to helping people with addictions, share research both basic and applied from the study of addiction and addiction treatment, and perhaps start our own listserv. We anticipate having our first meeting at the next international conference in Minneapolis, MN, in 2014.