In our recent blog about coping skills we’ve introduced some of the techniques taught to our teens including an alternative form of coping called radical acceptance. This skill plays a vital part in helping our teens change their behaviors and way of thinking from negative to positive.
Here is a short of teens on radical acceptance:
What is Radical Acceptance?
Radical acceptance in a nutshell is the total and complete acceptance of one’s situation. This means you accept things completely in your mind, heart and body. There are three main components that make up radical acceptance.
For example, as our teen Molly perfectly explained in her blog radical acceptance is accepting the things I cannot change. As a teen if your parents say you can’t do something you have to accept that and focus your energy elsewhere.
How does radical acceptance works?
- Accept Reality
- Accept that your situation is causing you pain
- Accept that life is worth living despite the pain
Life is not perfect and there will be profound moments of joy as well as pain. Accepting that your life is still worth living despite the hardships and pain you face is the final step in radical acceptance and leading a happier life.
How can it help those in recovery?
This way of thinking is a game changer for those plagued by addiction. In addition to therapeutic treatment radical acceptance is a great tool for maintaining sobriety and staying happy. At Inspirations we teach our teens radical acceptance as a tool to be used when they feel overwhelmed emotionally and feel like they need to self medicate.
One of the main contributing factors of drug abuse is the users mental state. Those suffering from substance abuse disorder know that abusing drugs will have negative if not fatal consequences. Yet they still continue to use despite the warnings because of how it allows them to escape from their emotions and situation.
Through radical acceptance our teens learn to accept the challenges life has given them and to not dwell on the sadness or negativity of a situation. They are taught to read and understand the situation in a positive light.
Although radical acceptance may seem like a simple concept only few people actually live by these principles. In most instances when experiencing a hard time most individuals choose to live in denial or even place the blame on others. They do this to escape the pain. With this in mind we hope to encourage our teens to lead a more accepting lifestyle where they can successfully cope with the ups and downs of life accordingly.