Mindfulness and Acceptance for Addictive Behaviors

Applying Contextual CBT to Substance Abuse and Behavioral Addictions

by Steven C. Hayes,

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.
  • New Harbinger Publications; November 2012
  • ISBN 9781608822171
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure EPUB format
  • Title: Mindfulness and Acceptance for Addictive Behaviors
  • Author: Steven C. Hayes (ed.); Michael Levin (ed.)
  • Imprint: Context Press

In The Press

“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

About 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.