Motivational Interviewing is therapy approach to help the Client to set goals and engage the client in their individual change. This is a strength-based approach that allows clients the opportunity of coming to their own conclusion and exploration on a subject. 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 recovery. 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.
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 their opinions; and self-government of the client, rather than the therapist having authority over them. One of the benefits of motivational interviewing is that our clients feel and our heard. Young men in drug treatment often feel like nobody is listening or cares about what they think or have to say. Motivational Interviewing allows them the experience of feeling and being heard. This builds a strong bond between clinician and client. This bond allows them to dive into their drug treatment with a confidence and trust that they may have never experienced in the past.
Not everyone’s level of motivation for recovery or change is the same. Motivational Interviewing is a tool our staffs utilize to help break through our client’s denial. Motivational Interviewing is a tool therapist incorporate into their therapy where they utilize strategically placed questions to get patients to can awareness about themselves that they had been struggling to identify previously. By identifying problematic behaviors in their addiction and behavior quickly, clients are able to begin enlisting other therapeutic tools and techniques to make headway towards a solution to their drug and alcohol problem.