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Motivational interviewing focuses on clients gaining self-control. Within addiction, self-control is an issue. Our therapists work with each client, motivating them to change in terms of addictive patterns. Factors within this method include emotion, conditioning, learning, social aspects, and biology.
What Is Motivational Interviewing?
This is a highly client-centered perspective. Therapists offer an environment that creates hope, while eliminating confrontation. Basically, it helps clients make positive changes. This method is used to open up communication between the therapist and client. This helps clients acknowledge the fact that changes need to be made regarding their addictive behaviors.
This is most effective when trying to establish a better relationship between clients that are impassive or antagonistic. Some clients struggle to see their disease as an issue. When you approach clients in a non-confrontational manner, you create a better rapport.
This method focuses on listening to what the client has to say, instead of lecturing them. Making threats and warnings, will only create more problems within their recovery process. Our clients are the only ones who can make behavioral changes in their life. This is why therapists are empathetic and encouraging.
Which Techniques Are Used?
Within motivational interviewing, therapists use affirmations. They ask questions that require more than a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer. These open-ended questions, allow clients to recognize the discrepancies that their beliefs and addictions create.
For example, a therapist may ask, “If you were to stop using heroin, where do you see yourself in three years?” Questions like this, require the client to think about an answer. Often, their response suggests problems without the therapist needing to point them out.
This technique helps our clients come to the conclusion that the future they see for themselves, consists of an endless struggle. By making these realizations, clients begin to make positive changes. The more changes made, the less likely that addiction will continue to control their thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors.
One of the key methods used, is known as reflective listening technique. This involves truly listening to what the client is saying, rather than just listening to the words that are being used. This helps the therapist bridge the gap between what the client is trying to say, and what’s actually being said. Many feelings are often left unsaid, due to the deep-seated emotional issues surrounding it.
When a therapist suggests what the client is saying, it helps them verbalize their thoughts, without the therapist ‘attacking’ them. Their addiction has probably caused a lot of damage in their life, which is what the therapist helps uncover. Based off those realizations, changes are made.
How Can Motivational Interviewing Help Me?
When you take part in motivational interviewing, you are able to convey feelings of acceptance, understanding, and empathy. Many clients have mentioned that they avoided treatment, because they did not want to be judged. Our staff members are not here to judge you, they’re here to help you.
Motivational interviewing helps clients see that therapy does not need to feel like a place where you’re judged. This safe and caring environment, will help you face your feelings and behaviors. This is essentially a self-help program, that’s guided by professionals that care.
This gentle and understanding approach is an excellent component at WCA Rehab. If you are struggling with addiction, we can help you. Please do not hesitate to contact us today. We would be happy to address any questions or concerns you may have.