Mental health and substance abuse disorders impact more than 25% of Americans. Both mental health and substance abuse disorders are chronic conditions that can impact your brain chemistry, judgment, behavior, and emotions. Treatment is usually required in order to learn how to properly manage your symptoms. Evidence-based and holistic treatments, including acceptance and commitment therapy, are utilized to treat addiction and mental health disorders.

Finding help as soon as you begin to experience symptoms is especially important because mental health and substance abuse disorders are progressive diseases, meaning that they continue to get worse until you receive treatment with group therapy at Memphis Recovery Centers.


Substance abuse disorders affect roughly 1 out of every 7 Americans ages 12 and older. Overdoses are also the leading cause of a doctor and her patient going through acceptance and commitment therapy accidental death in the country. Addiction causes you to compulsively abuse drugs and alcohol, even if you deal with serious negative consequences or have a strong desire to quit. During addiction, your brain’s pleasure and reward center change and rewards your drug and alcohol use with a pleasurable rush of neurotransmitters. When you don’t use, you have a neurotransmitter depletion which can cause the opposite emotional effects of intoxication.

Your brain connects your substance of choice and people, places or things that remind you of your substance of choice, with pleasure. You can deal with cravings and withdrawal symptoms when you don’t use, which makes it difficult to maintain abstinence.

Signs and symptoms of addiction include:

  • Inability to stop or control your use
  • Feeling guilt, shame or remorse about your substance use
  • Avoiding responsibilities in order to use
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms or cravings when you stop using

Mental Health Disorder

Mental health disorders cause you to experience changes to your mood, emotions, thinking process and cognition. Many mental health disorders can create overwhelming negative emotions, like depression or anxiety, that make it difficult to function. When you have a mental health disorder, symptoms can interfere with your daily life.

Depression can cause intense sadness which can lead to social isolation, while anxiety can make it hard to work or go to school. Mental health disorders are treated with:

Group therapy at MRC offers integrates evidence-based and holistic approaches while improving your communication skills and ability to identify with others.

What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?

An acceptance and commitment therapy program at MRC offers uses an evidence-based therapeutic approach that can help you deal with negative emotions, like stress and depression. Acceptance and commitment therapy also helps you learn that certain negative thinking patterns are detrimental in addressing personal, employment and relationship problems. Call us today at 866.304.8254 to learn more about our acceptance and commitment therapy program.