It is not always easy to make the decision to change. Even if you want to see a change in addiction recovery, you may have a tough time achieving those goals. Motivational interviewing is a type of approach to treatment that helps to encourage people to stop engaging in destructive behaviors. This is one type of individual therapy we use for drug and alcohol addiction at Symetria Recovery because of how significant it can be in changing the course of a person’s life.
How Motivational Interviewing Can Change Your Future
A lack of motivation can often lead a person to relapse even if they’ve managed to be drug and alcohol-free for some time. This lack of motivation may be one of the most difficult obstacles for you to overcome. Sometimes a person just is not ready to change. They may not be at the point of deciding to work through treatment, even though they may know it is necessary and beneficial. This type of therapy helps with the process by enabling a person to overcome their fear of change and increasing motivation.
There are several key components of motivational therapy, including:
- Outside sources cannot motivate a person. Motivation has to come from within a person.
- The therapist isn’t responsible for motivating a person. Rather, you are responsible for resolving the ambivalence you feel.
- Direct persuasion is ineffective at resolving ambivalence.
- A therapist has the goal of gathering information from the client.
- The therapist’s job is to help guide a person in recognizing their ambivalence and working towards resolving it.
- A person’s readiness to change is a result of interpersonal interaction. It is not a personal trait. And it changes often.
- You and your therapist should work as a partnership to achieve the best possible outcome.
Types of Motivational Interviewing Techniques Used
There are various types of techniques used in the treatment of addiction as a component of motivational interviewing. The first step is about engaging. In this area, the focus is on discussing issues, hopes, concerns, and other core topics that help establish relationships between a therapist and the client. Then, the goal is focusing. That is, the conversation becomes about the patterns and habits that a person wants to change.
The next component of the process is evoking, which helps by increasing the sense of the importance of making changes and providing confidence that it is possible to change those outcomes. It is also the stage in which readiness for change is assessed. The final step is to plan for that change using practical steps.
This process is completed over a series of sessions with a therapist. You’ll work one-on-one with your therapist to achieve the best possible outcome.
Utilizing Motivational Interviewing in Therapy
At Symetria Recovery, you’ll have the ability to engage in this type of therapy, among others. It may be recommended to you if you are just not sure you can change or that you want to. Most often, this type of therapy is a part of a larger treatment plan that may include other therapies such as:
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Psychotherapy program
- Family counseling and support groups
- Group therapy program
Choose the Right Support at Symetria Recovery Today
Motivational interviewing is one of the tools many people need to move from where they are right now in addiction to a place of recovery. This difficult and long path is made easier through resources like those offered at Symetria Recovery. With the ability to help our clients the same day, in many cases, with no wait or line to worry about, we’re here to help you get support today. Learn more when you give us a call at 855.282.4819 or connect with us online.