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Motivational Interviewing.

Motivational interviewing is an evidence-based therapeutic technique that addiction treatment programs may offer. It involves interviewing between client and therapist to encourage motivation to establish healthy lifestyles and healing. Far too often, individuals who get help for alcohol and drug addiction aren’t motivated to remain sober or continue with recovery once treatment ends. With this technique, therapists can work to identify aspects which may hinder an individual’s recovery. And, help to establish coping skills, so these aspects don’t interfere with sobriety efforts.


The Need for Motivation During Treatment for Addiction.

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Usually, when people choose to get help for drug and alcohol addiction, it’s because they are experiencing consequences due to drug use. However, they may not yet be completely motivated to stay clean forever. Often, addictive behaviors are a means of managing and coping with negative emotions and situations. And, this means to cope with all that life throws at a person may not be something people are excited about giving up at first.

Furthermore, the risk for relapse is over 50% for individuals in treatment. While this is unfortunate, working to reduce relapse risk during addiction treatment can help individuals maintain sobriety. The motivation for remaining sober is a huge part of preventing relapse. And, as the name of this therapy suggests, it works to offer individuals in treatment the motivation needed to ward off relapse.

Finally, motivation is essential in helping individuals on the fence about sobriety. During these sessions, individuals can weigh the pros and cons of recovery for themselves. Additionally, they can emotionally and mentally prepare for the ups and downs of recovery will inevitably bring. This way, they’re motivated to begin their recovery journey regardless of what may come their way.

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Motivational Interviewing Techniques Used in Therapy Sessions.

There are three aspects to this type of addiction therapy that all work to ensure each individual has the chance to benefit from sessions. The three aspects of motivational interviewing include:

Collaboration: Basically, this is the interviewing part of this therapy. However, rather than provoking thoughts or confronting uncomfortable emotions or situations, it’s a safe and open environment. This means that the therapist works to understand a client’s history through a personal narrative rather than seem judgmental or confrontational. Basically, rather than controlling the narrative, the therapist acts as a supportive listener.

Evocation: Other therapy techniques may challenge an individual to confront self-harming thoughts or behaviors. This may lead to defensive behaviors or avoidance during sessions. Motivational interviewing is a bit different. The goal is to persuade individuals to look for alternative ways of thinking, rather than pointing out the faults in their current thoughts, emotions, or actions. This way, individuals nourish their desire to change aspects of their lives which may motivate recovery.

Self-Determination: This method of therapy is about a client’s experiences, thoughts, and actions. So, in these sessions, the client holds the authority and guides the discussion. This allows the individual to come to terms with their own changes at their own speed.

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Using Motivational Interviewing Techniques During Treatment.

Here at Mountainview Recovery, we understand that the motivation for recovery isn’t something that all patients have right off the bat. And, we want to give all people who need help the outlets they need to recover successfully. So, we offer motivational interviewing sessions along with a number of other therapeutic techniques. Ready to get the help you need and talk to an experienced addiction specialist? Contact us today right through our website or call 833-489-4460.