Health and Wellness

ACT: Taking Hurt to Hope

JoAnne Dahl, Ph.D.

ACT: Taking Hurt to Hope – Struggling with Substance Abuse

Join us today for a discussion about an issue that most all of us have experience of in one way or another. Drinking problems.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) there are at least 140 million alcoholics in the world, and the majority of them are not treated. A US study estimated that about 30% of Americans report having an alcoholic disorder at some time in their lives. Besides personal costs alcoholism affects people around us.
The NIH says that over half of all American traffic deaths are alcohol-related.
Employment problems, unemployment, school problems, are often alcohol-related.
Alcohol is a major factor in spouse beating, child abuse, and conflicts with neighbors.
Suicide rates among people who are alcohol-dependent or who abuse alcohol are much higher than among other people
Our guest today is Dr Kelly Wilson who is a professor at the University of Mississippi and one of the co-developers of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Kelly is the author of a new book The wisdom to know the difference: ACT workbook for overcoming substance abuse which is available at or on his home page
Today we learn that substance abuse is just another way to avoid feelings we don’t like. The effect of a short term relief is powerful even though we know well that it causes so many problems for ourselves and for those around us. So, instead of using substance to help us feel good and avoid feeling bad, we need to get on a path that helps us to instead learn to FEEL good or to get better att feeling .