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As a clinician or researcher in the field of mental health or addictions, this book will offer you powerful insight into how acceptance and mindfulness-based interventions are being successfully used to treat a variety of addictive behaviors, ranging from substance abuse to gambling addiction.

Edited by Steven C. Hayes, a founder of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and a world renowned authority on mindfulness-based therapy, Mindfulness and Acceptance for Addictive Behaviors features chapters by leading substance abuse and addiction researchers. Each article illuminates the mindfulness and acceptance-based treatments that work best for particular addictive behaviors, reviews empirical data, and discusses future directions for research and treatment applications. An essential resource for mental health and addictions professionals, researchers, and students interested in the most effective treatments for addiction, this book will dramatically impact the way addictions of all kinds are viewed and addressed in therapy.

In this book, you will learn to apply mindfulness and acceptance to help patients with:

  • Alcoholism
  • Substance abuse
  • Smoking cessation
  • Gambling addiction
  • Pornography addiction
  • Binge eating
  • Detoxification
  • Self-stigma and shame
The Mindfulness and Acceptance Practica Series

As mindfulness and acceptance-based therapies gain momentum in the field of mental health, it is increasingly important for professionals to understand the full range of their applications. To keep up with the growing demand for authoritative resources on these treatments, The Mindfulness and Acceptance Practica Series was created. These edited books cover a range of evidence-based treatments, such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), compassion-focused therapy (CFT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) therapy. Incorporating new research in the field of psychology, these books are powerful tools for mental health clinicians, researchers, advanced students, and anyone interested in the growth of mindfulness and acceptance strategies.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Written in the same spirit of creativity and discovery that has propelled 'third wave therapies' into the mainstream, Levin, Hayes, and their contributors compellingly illustrate how acceptance, mindfulness, and context are vital resources in reducing the seemingly intractable suffering caused by addictive behavior.”
Zindel Segal, PhD, author of The Mindful Way through Depression

“The addiction field is blessed with a variety of paths to recovery, and this volume presents cutting-edge, theory-based alternatives to traditional approaches. It explores some frontiers from which a next generation of addiction treatments is likely to emerge.”
William R. Miller, PhD, emeritus-distinguished professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of New Mexico

“Steven C. Hayes and Michael E. Levin have put together a must-read for researchers, clinicians, and students of addictive behaviors and their treatment. This very substantive book is refreshingly diverse in both theoretical perspectives and clinical contexts of varying addictive behaviors. Held together by contextual cognitive behavioral therapy as a unifying theme, perspectives discussed include acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectic behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness-based relapse prevention (MBRP), motivational interviewing (MI), and metacognitive therapy (MCT), among others. Clinical problem areas range from detoxification, problem drinking, problem gambling, substance dependence (including borderline personality disorder), binge eating, shame and stigma associated with addictions, pornography addiction, and smoking cessation. With the unifying theme of teaching clients new ways of relating to their experiences, including distressing thoughts, feelings, and sensations, this book marks the progress that already has been achieved in these areas, while at the same time providing a roadmap for exciting future directions.”
Richard A. Brown, PhD, professor in the department of psychiatry and human behavior at Alpert Medical School of Brown University and director of addictions research at Butler Hospital

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Meet the Author

Editor Steven C. Hayes, PhD, is Nevada Foundation Professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada. An author of 34 books and more than 470 scientific articles, he has shown in his research how language and thought leads to human suffering, and has developed acceptance and commitment therapy, a powerful therapy method that is useful in a wide variety of areas. Hayes has been president of several scientific societies and has received several national awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy.

Editor Michael E. Levin, MA, is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno and a research associate with Contextual Change, LLC. He has been a principal investigator on two federally funded grants, seeking to develop and test web-based acceptance and mindfulness-based interventions for the prevention and treatment of mental health problems. Levin has published over twenty articles and chapters related to addictive behaviors and acceptance and mindfulness-based interventions.

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Table of Contents

Alphabetical List of Contributors xi

Introduction: Contextual Cognitive Behavioral Therapies for Addictive Behaviors Michael E. Levin Steven C. Hayes, University of Nevada, Reno 1

Part 1 Treatment Models

1 Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Addiction Kelly G. Wilson Lindsay W. Schnetzer Maureen K. Flynn A. Solomon Kurz, University of Mississippi 27

2 Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Substance-Dependent Individuals Linda A. Dimeff, Behavioral Tech Research, Inc. Jennifer H. R. Sayrs, Evidence Based Treatment Centers of Seattle 69

3 Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention: Integrating Meditation into the Treatment of Problematic Substance Use Sarah Bowen, University of Washington Katie Witkiewitz, Washington State University Neha Chawla, University of Washington 102

4 The Metacognitive Therapy Approach to Problem Drinking Marcantonio M. Spada, London South Bank University and North East London NHS Foundation Trust Gabriele Caselli, London South Bank University, Studi Cognitivi Cognitive Psychotherapy School Adrian Wells, University of Manchester 129

5 Motivational Interviewing: A Cousin to Contextual Cognitive Behavioral Therapies Christopher C. Wagner, Virginia Commonwealth University Karen S. Ingersoll, University of Virginia Stephen Rollnick, Cardiff University 153

Part 2 Clinical Issues and Populations

6 Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Values-Based Interventions for Addiction Counselors: The Benefits of Practicing What We Preach Jennifer H. R. Sayrs, Evidence Based Treatment Centers of Seattle 187

7 Self-Stigma and Shame in Addictions Jason B. Luoma, Portland Psychotherapy Clinic, Research, and Training Center Barbara S. Kohlenberg, University of Nevada School of Medicine 216

8 Detoxification: Challenges and Strategies from an Acceptance and Mindfulness Perspective Angela L. Stotts, University of Texas Medical School at Houston Akihiko Masuda, Georgia State University 239

9 Contextual Cognitive Behavioral Therapies for Smoking Cessation: Motivational Interviewing and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Jonathan B. Bricker, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and University of Washington Christopher M. Wyszynski, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center 257

10 Mindfulness-Based Therapy for Problem Gambling Tony Toneatto, University of Toronto 275

11 Contextual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Binge Eating Jason Lillis, Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center, The Miriam Hospital/Brown Alpert Medical School 289

12 A Contextual Approach to Pornography Addiction Jesse M. Crosby, Utah State University and McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School Michael P. Twohig, Utah State University 304

Index 323

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