Motivational Interviewing is therapy approach that challenges residents
to make goals for treatment and give them something tangible to reach
for as they work towards individual change. This is a strength-based approach
that allows clients the opportunity of come to their own conclusions regarding
the benefits of recovery. By giving the client ultimate power over their
decisions, clients begin to take ownership over their recovery and treatment.
The more personal investment in their personal recovery: the greater chance
of building and sustaining lasting change.
This contrasts with some other approaches to long-term drug treatment,
which are based on the therapist challenging the client and imposing their
point of view about the person’s addiction. Collaboration has the
effect of building a bond between the therapist and the client, and allows
the client to develop trust towards the therapist, which can be difficult
in a challenging situation.
How It Works
The basics of Motivational Interviewing is centered on three key ideas:
- Alliance between the therapist and the client, rather than confrontation
by the therapist
- Drawing out the individual’s ideas, rather the therapist imposing
- Self-government of the client, rather than the therapist having authority
One of the benefits of motivational interviewing is that our clients feel they are
heard. Young men in drug treatment often feel like nobody is listening or cares
about what they think or have to say. By speaking to each client about
their individual goals and challenges, they get a personal experience
that makes their recovery all the more meaningful. This builds a strong
bond between clinician and client which allows them to dive into their
drug treatment with confidence and trust.
Not everyone’s level of motivation for recovery or change is the
same. Motivational Interviewing is a tool our staff utilizes to help break
through our client’s denial. By identifying problematic behaviors
in their addiction and behavior quickly, clients can enlist other therapeutic
tools and techniques that propel their journey to recovery.