Cravings and Addictions
Free Yourself from the Struggle of Addictive Behavior with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
by Maria Karekla; Megan Kelly
Pub Date 01 Jan 2022 | Archive Date 01 Jan 2022
New Harbinger Publications, Inc., New Harbinger
A powerful, evidence-based program grounded in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) for managing cravings related to addictions and taking charge of your life.
Whether you struggle with overeating, alcohol, drugs, or smoking, you're all too familiar with the cravings that propel your habit. Cravings-that intense desire for certain substances or behaviors with the aim of feeling pleasure and satisfaction-are the root of all addictive behaviors. Knowing what to do with those urges can make the difference between managing your addiction and giving into it. This book can help.
Cravings and Addictions presents practical strategies based in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to help you cope with the cravings at the core of your addiction. You'll learn to recognize the cues that lead to addictive behaviors, and discover how you can move beyond addiction to commit to a life driven by what you care about and want in life. If you're ready to stop living life at the mercy of your cravings and addiction, let this book be your guide to regaining control.
ACT: Accept, Choose, and Take Action to Manage Your Cravings-and Take Back Control of Your Life!
·Accept that cravings are a normal part of everyday life, just like other thoughts and feelings.
·Choose to surrender to the craving-or choose to engage in actions aligned with your goals and values.
·Take action to change your life for the better-and develop a sense of meaning, purpose, and vitality.
“Looking for a self-help guide for cravings that get you into trouble? Look no further than this book. There are many self-help books out there, but very few are evidenced-based and written by clinical psychologists and professors in psychology such as are these two authors. Based on these underpinnings of original research and clinical practice, these two authors compassionately guide you step by step to changing your relationship to cravings.”
—JoAnne Dahl, PhD, professor emerita in the department of psychology at Uppsala University in Sweden, licensed psychologist, psychotherapist, peer-reviewed acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) trainer, and Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) fellow
“Written by two leading scholars in ACT, this book brings together decades of research and clinical practice on how to cope with cravings and break addictive patterns. It’s an excellent guide for learning how to develop a new relationship with your cravings so they don’t push you around so much, with a wealth of practical tips and skills that apply to a wide range of craving-related problems.”
—Michael Levin, PhD, professor at Utah State University, and coauthor of Innovations in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy