Motivational Interviewing Therapy and Addiction

Motivational Interviewing Therapy

Before clients enter substance abuse treatment, it’s likely that loved ones have already shown concern. Yet the confrontational approach that comes with “talking sense” into an addict is frequently unsuccessful, making the addict resentful and angry instead of feeling inspired to change.

What is Motivational Interviewing Therapy?

Motivational interviewing therapy is a different way to encourage addicts to get clean. The American Addiction Centers counselors who use this technique don’t shy away from the addiction, but they also don’t argue with the addict or tell them what he or she “must” do. Treatment options are discussed in a nonjudgmental, back-and-forth manner, as the addict actively contributes ideas and possible solutions during the discussion.

Motivational interviewing has been effective, and in fact “outperformed traditional advice giving in 80% of studies,” according to a recent article published in the British Medical Journal. This form of client interaction shows positive results because it’s a way for addicts to lead the way in their own recovery by being included in the strategy-making process. At the same time, these clients also benefit from professional advice and support.

The graphic above, designed by general-practitioner Brad Creek’s medical-training website, illustrates how motivational interviewing can be helpful throughout the various stages of a person’s attempt at quitting smoking:

  1. Thinking about quitting: motivational interviewing can raises the issue of smoking in the first place, help guide a discussion on the pros and cons of cigarettes, and finally, help the client decide to stop.
  2. Actually quitting: during this phase, counselors will provide practical advice on stopping, which may include “plan a day,” “stick to it,” “prepare for danger times” or “plan lots to do.”
  3. Staying cigarette-free: whether the habit is cigarettes or substance abuse, motivational interviewing plays a key role in relapse prevention. Counselors will continue to monitor clients’ progress. During moments that the client’s will is tested, counselors are there to provide positive encouragement.

At American Addiction Centers, our comprehensive, individualized client care includes motivational interviewing, as well as other state-of-the-art, proven techniques. Don’t put off the treatment you or your loved one needs. Call us at 877-640-1943.

No matter your insurance, be it Cigna, Aetna, Humana, Blue Cross / Blue Shield (BCBS), Assurant, Unicare, United Health Care, Anthem, Carefirst, Asuris Northwest Health, Golden Rule, Celtic Insurance, Fortis, Health Net, Kaiser, Vista, Shelter, Wellpoint, Tri Care, Accordia or even Medicare, and state insurance — we can help you find the best source for motivational interviewing therapy. We also offer many affordable self pay options for obtaining motivational interviewing therapy.

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