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What Is Motivational Interviewing?

What Is Motivational Interviewing?Motivational interviewing is a form of counseling that seeks to help clients resolve their battle with destructive behaviors such as addiction by finding the motivation within themselves. This form of counseling seeks to motivate clients to change their addictive behavior by helping them to recognize the pros and cons of addiction. This can help  Albuquerque addicts to truly understand and accept the effects of addiction.

How Can Motivational Interviewing Help Albuquerque Addicts in Recovery?

Motivational interviewing can help Albuquerque residents focus on overcoming addiction by setting personal goals. One of the main goals of motivational interviewing is to help the client explore his or her ambivalent feelings toward the addictive behavior. It is geared toward helping the individual to have a better awareness of potential problems, consequences and health risks that can arise from the addiction. Motivational interviewing can benefit individuals struggling with substance abuse and addiction in the following ways:

  • Raising awareness about the benefits of not using drugs through education
  • Inspiring hope by hearing how others have overcome addiction by changing their behaviors
  • Understanding how their addiction negatively affects close friends and family
  • Realizing that society is more supportive of them when they are drug free
  • Believing in their abilities to change and committing to seek change
  • Finding personal relationships that can support their desire to change and overcome addiction
  • Substituting negative behaviors and feelings with positive ones
  • Increasing the rewarding benefits that come from not using drugs
  • Developing a system of reminders that encourage healthy behaviors

Practitioners of motivational interviewing are empathetic and supportive of the client’s ability to change. They are careful to avoid confrontation and arguments that may increase resistance to change.

What Can Albuquerque Addicts Expect from Motivational Interviewing?

Motivational interviewing is an effective way to engage people with co-occurring disorders and to develop therapeutic relationships. This form of therapy recognizes that reluctance to change is a natural expression. The therapist helps to build the client’s confidence in his or her abilities. A person struggling with addiction who is undergoing motivational interviewing will commonly experience the following:

  • The therapist will not try to force change but rather encourage clients to elicit it from within themselves
  • The therapist will not seek to solve feelings of ambivalence but rather guide clients to explore, articulate, and resolve the issues themselves
  • The therapist is generally quiet and seeks to guide clients towards resolving negative feelings through articulation and expression.

Motivational interviewing can allow addicted individuals in Albuquerque to develop a sense of self-respect by taking ownership over their recovery. It can aid an individual through an inpatient rehab program by helping them to set personal treatment goals.

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