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The Wisdom to Know the Difference: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Workbook for Overcoming Substance Abuse (New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook) [Kindle Edition]

Troy DuFrene , Kelly Wilson
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""God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."" This healing prayer has been adopted by Alcoholics Anonymous and other twelve-step programs and, with the advent of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), has found its way into modern behavioral science. The Wisdom to Know the Difference offers readers a unique path to treating alcoholism and drug addiction through ACT, which has been proven to be clinically effective for the treatment of alcoholism and substance abuse.

This workbook unifies the most widely practiced method of substance abuse treatment, the twelve-step program, with an empirically supported psychotherapeutic model, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Each component of this ACT treatment plan has an explanation rooted in basic behavioral science, and readers will learn how these components fit into the twelve steps in Alcoholics Anonymous and similar programs. Written by Kelly Wilson, cofounder of the ACT treatment model, and Troy DuFrene, this workbook is accessible for all reading levels and can be used by those suffering from all forms of substance abuse.



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"Learning about Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) this summer, and using this workbook in particular, helped me deepen my recovery and broaden the foundation of safety and health that I am looking for in sobriety. . . .Kelly Wilson opens himself up to the reader using his own experiences as engaging illustrations of the pain of addiction, but also as opportunities for personal growth. . . .ACT and this workbook are helping me gain a much stronger sense of freedom in recovery, a sense that I can deal with my mind and have a lot of influence over my future." --Don Sheeley, MD, Volunteer Facilitator for SMART Recovery(R)

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How to use acceptance, mindfulness, and values-oriented strategies, either alone or in combination with a twelve-step program, to overcome substance abuse and permanently change their lives for the better.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 629 KB
  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (2 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006TF1INS
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #294,662 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding workbook 1 May 2012
Format:Paperback
The authors have put together an extremely valuable workbook for both individuals struggling with addiction and treatment providers. By applying an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) framework to addiction, "Wisdom" helps those struggling with substance abuse to sit in kindness with their recovery process while moving towards living a rich, full and meaningful life. Kelly Wilson interlaces his own personal recovery experiences with research-based ACT techniques to create an engaging, creative and insightful self-help workbook that offers a powerful path to recovery. Practical, easy-to-follow exercises help readers make healthy contact with difficult experiences, develop greater clarity about personal values, and take empowering steps towards behavior change. It can be used in conjunction with the 12-step approach or as a stand-alone treatment resource. As a clinical psychologist, I have found this to be an invaluable tool in helping clients in their recovery and have had an excellent response. On a personal note, "Wisdom" has been a life-changing book for a loved one struggling with addiction. I cannot thank the authors enough for this tremendous contribution to the treatment of addiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book 19 July 2012
By Fairuz1
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This is a beautiful book. This is the 6th ACT book I've read so far (I thought all of them were excellent), and this is my favourite so far. The authors write with a rare combination of clinical expertise, compassion, humility and humour.

Whilst it's targeted at substance use, in my opinion it's relevant to anyone struggling with any form of compulsive and problematic behaviour. I've recommended this to countless clinicians, clients and friends so far. It's incredibly easy to read and unbelievably helpful
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very welcome addition to addiction self help 17 Dec. 2013
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I am an addictions counsellor and really appreciate the inclusion of 12 step reflections alongside Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Very inspiring authors.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A work of art - living the serenity prayer 12 Aug. 2012
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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The title may lead you to believe this is a spiritual book or an AA book - it isn't, but contains spiritual wisdom and has principles based in a well researched type of therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as part of your decision to embark on a journey of recovery (and if you are open to it, also guides the reader with some ways to about incorporate ACT with 12 step philosophy and programs - since they both share similarities).

The authors' humility and compassion comes across, with Dr. Kelly G. Wilson being the primary voice, who guides us with humility, while sharing pearls of wisdom which come from what ACT and from his own experiences. He encourages the reader to accept both the "sad and the sweet", to commit to live healthy and fully be in the present.

You may not be impressed with this book if you are a strict AA preacher - who has trouble with ideas like self-discovery (i.e. if you think you can control your use, there is no mandate in this book from the author that you must not think that way, nor is there is confrontation). Although Dr. Wilson is very supportive of AA, he doesn't mandate that it is the only way. In addition, if you believe that you must believe in God to get sober, this may not be the book for you - although the book does not impose atheism or any religion for that matter.

With Dr. Kelly G Wilson being a cofounder of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, a recovering person, and scholar, one might expect that he take a one-up and lecture us or take the high pedestal, but instead, true to his character, and like other remarkable individuals, he humbly shares some of his regrets and helps us get in touch with our own mistakes.

If you have an open mind, and are looking for something different than the standard recovery book about going to AA, or the literature which promotes the "cure yourself now" mentality, or even "just change your thinking and your like will be good" type books, this book is very different and a good roadmap for you to embark on a journey of acceptance, action, and getting closer to what truly matters in life as part of your path in recovery.

As a therapist who has many years with a background in addiction, I highly recommend that you read this impressive work of art!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding workbook 1 May 2012
By Lisa Orban - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The authors have put together an extremely valuable workbook for both individuals struggling with addiction and treatment providers. By applying an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) framework to addiction, "Wisdom" helps those struggling with substance abuse to sit in kindness with their recovery process while moving towards living a rich, full and meaningful life. Kelly Wilson interlaces his own personal recovery experiences with research-based ACT techniques to create an engaging, creative and insightful self-help workbook that offers a powerful path to recovery. Practical, easy-to-follow exercises help readers make healthy contact with difficult experiences, develop greater clarity about personal values, and take empowering steps towards behavior change. It can be used in conjunction with the 12-step approach or as a stand-alone treatment resource. As a clinical psychologist, I have found this to be an invaluable tool in helping clients in their recovery and have had an excellent response. On a personal note, "Wisdom" has been a life-changing book for a loved one struggling with addiction. I cannot thank the authors enough for this tremendous contribution to the treatment of addiction.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Humble and Heartfelt 23 May 2012
By Simple Citizen - Published on Amazon.com
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Some books just speak to you. Some books are written in such a way that you feel the author is your buddy chatting with you in your living room. Kelly Wilson is that buddy, and his humble but heartfelt words are recorded in this book.

I don't want to sound cheesy or philosophical, but this is such a relief after reading 2 other therapy books where I felt I was being lectured. This book is not telling you what is right. It's not telling you what will work, or even how to do it. It is much like AA - this is what worked for us, come and see. Use what you can, and forget the rest.

That is what makes this book so refreshing. The author doesn't assume to have a monopoly on knowledge about addiction rehabilitation and recovery. He did it, he's helped others do it, and he wants to share what worked for them.

Kelly Wilson was one of the developers of ACT therapy - and this is a workbook for substance abusers to use to guide them toward recovery.

Here are some of my favorite quotes:
"Just because behavior is understandable does not make it good or acceptable."
Humility does not mean humiliation. It is the dignified choice to willingly forgo status to offer resources for the good of others. - John Dickson
"Lots of things make us feel better that do not make us do better."
"Many people live their lives by circumstance rather than on purpose."
"Values are intrinsically rewarding."
"That year, life got a very firm grip on my ears, and jerked my head out of my ass. And you know what? Once you get the feces wiped from your eyes, you can see a lot of things."
"If I ever get what I deserve, you do not want to be standing next to me." - Mick
"Raise our eyes toward perfection, and be ready to walk in that direction. It will seldom matter how haltingly we walk." - AA 12 & 12 book
"Do the next right thing." - from Alcoholics Anonymous
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars values or cravings 1 May 2012
By adrie de geus - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is written with an emotionally felt awareness of addiction problems and what one can do about it from an acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) model.
Easily understandable and clearly written, one feels the labour of love of the writer. After reading the book one can make a clearer distinction betweeen living one's life from values or fixing one's cravings because feelings are difficult to live with. Read it, live it and welcome the broader perspective on life that comes with it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharing the struggle 30 Dec. 2013
By Grant Dewar - Published on Amazon.com
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Kelly Wilson writes from the heart, from a deep well spring of having been at rock bottom and having reconciled himself with his own experience of despair and self destruction.

From this perspective he has not only found a pathway out of despair for himself but with the assistance of Steve Hayes and many others put together a simple and effective approach to managing the effect of substance dependence.

This approach is simple but not easy. It recognizes that universal happiness is a myth and that life encompasses both joy and despair and that by embracing life in its wholeness we can find a way to accept that which we have to; the willingness to change what is needed; the ability to get unstuck; to take useful perspectives on life and to live effectively in the here and now.

The wisdom to know the difference challenges it readers to define their values and then take daily action to live according to these values.

Once again this book provides simple wisdom but it does not provide easy solutions. If you are serious about making changes in your experience of substance dependence, treating those affected or are living with someone who is - this book is essential to informing your journey.
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