Motivational Enhancement Therapy
Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) is a therapeutic method that helps those seeking treatment resolve their insecurities about engaging in a treatment program for drug and alcohol addiction. MET is used for both intervention methods and counseling. MET is used to create a motivational change in the individual’s personal opinions on their personal recovery process and their actions. Motivational Enhancements is typically started in a one-on-one therapy session with a primary therapist. The therapist in the beginning sessions is looking to start the conversation with the client about their personal situation, and specifically about their struggles with substance abuse. There are motivational interviewing principles used when it comes to this therapy to motivate the individual into building a plan for the changes that should be made in their personal lives. As in most therapies for addiction treatment there is a priority placed on instilling strategies for high risk situations that a client may be in after treatment. Throughout the entire therapeutic process and treatment program, the client’s primary therapist will continue to encourage the change in the client’s attitude towards their recovery with a goal based plan.
According to the NIDA (National Institute of Drug Abuse research suggests that Motivational Enhancement Therapy and the success is dependant on the type of drug abused and the overall goal of the treatment program. MET has been successful when it comes to treatment of alcohol addiction, and specifically with improvement from the client’s part of their addiction treatment. Paired with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy it gives a more comprehensive treatment plan which is a common practice we implement here at The Beaches.
Understanding Motivational Assessment Therapy
Each and every client that comes through our doors we provide a customized treatment plan according to their needs. MET is used hand in hand with a variety of our other treatment therapies so each client has a completely unique treatment plan according to them.
MET and Addiction Treatment
The first step in any of The Beaches Treatment Center addiction treatment programs, the client will first have a medical assessment completed. This assessment will address all of the client’s needs during their treatment program and from here the therapist and medical professionals are able to discuss the appropriate therapeutic methods that will be used.
During the initial drug detoxification process, it is important that the client be monitored by a medical professional to ensure all the client’s vital signs and withdrawal symptoms are cared for. During the initial withdrawal and detox Motivational Enhancement Therapy is used to get the client on board to change their attitude and behavior towards and addiction treatment program and drug use in general.
MET and Co-occurring Disorder
MET is commonly used with co-occurring disorders in The Beaches Treatment Center therapeutic programming. It is extremely common for those who suffer with addiction issues to also have a mental health disorder, both of these disorders are affected by brain imbalances. Motivational Enhancements Therapy is a common practice used in both disorders as a form of relapse prevention.
Some co-occurring conditions MET treats include:
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Five Elements of Motivational Enhancement Therapy
There are five elements that clients will work though with their primary therapists as a part of their addiction treatment program at The Beaches. All the following elements are found to encourage motivational change for those who struggle with substance abuse and addiction issues.
Teaching Clients to Develop and Express Empathy
Therapist encourage clients to learn how to empathize with others and how their own actions are affecting other people in their lives.
Learning the Difference Between Thoughts and Reality
In cases where clients are resistant to gaining the addiction treatment they need, this process teaches them how to come to terms with where their current life is actually at. It is an eye-opening experience for clients to recognize the gap and this helps boost those feelings towards a self-motivational change.
Teaching Clients to Avoid Argumentative Situations
At The Beaches Treatment Center, none of our therapists will engage in arguing with a client concerning their drug or alcohol use. Clients are then encouraged to have a positive outlook on the Motivational Enhancement Therapy.
Accepting Resistance as Part of the Process
Therapists work hand in hand with clients who have resistance to addiction treatment. The primary therapist will engage with the recovering clients on a personal level and guide them to realize their behaviors are a direct impact on their over goals and relationships.
Supporting Client’s Goals
In any treatment program for addiction we have at The Beaches Treatment Center, our goal is to make sure the clients are able to properly integrate back into society after treatment is complete. This is encouraging clients to achieve their own personal goals. We teach clients to have the power within themselves to overcome addiction. We teach clients to have positive thoughts and behaviors to the next chapter in their life.