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Motivational Enhancement Therapy

 

By using a very nonjudgmental platform, Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) employs a variation of Motivational Interviewing (MI) to analyze and dissect feedback gained from client sessions. MI focuses on re-patterning client behavior that is the result of ambiguous and undefined thoughts. This form of therapy is presented in a direct and client targeted manner that strives to transform undesired behaviors. Motivational Enhancement Therapy was Developed by William Miller, Stephen Rollnick

Goal of Motivational Enhancement Therapy

The goal of MET is to aid the client in clarifying his or her own perceptions and beliefs in order to direct him or her in a more decisive way. Most people who respond to this type of treatment have struggled for years in a mire of ambivalence and welcome the opportunity to have vision and focus in their lives.

 

MET and Addiction

MET is commonly used for the treatment of addictions, including abuse of alcohol and other substances. MET is administered in a receptive atmosphere that allows a client to receive feedback from the therapist for the purpose of fortifying the client’s resolve for transformation and to empower the client with a feeling of self-control. Rather than engaging the client’s defense mechanisms through confrontational discourse, the therapist works with the client to create positive affirmations and a sense of inner willingness to facilitate change. Once that is achieved, the client becomes receptive to the healing process and progresses toward wellness.

 

Clients who are faced with the challenge of substance abuse experience similar emotional and mental symptoms to rebellious adolescents, including resistance, narcissism, relational difficulties, and moodiness. MET has been proven to provide substantial relief from these symptoms and has been recognized as a useful tool for gaining control of these unwanted behavior patterns. MET can be applied to clients regardless of their commitment level and the course of treatment is usually brief. It has shown significant efficacy in clients who have previously demonstrated strong resistance to or weak motivation for change. It is particularly helpful to adolescents dealing with similar issues.

 

Resources Related to Motivational Enhancement Therapy:

Center for Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions

National Institution on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Wikipedia's Page about Motivational Enhancement Therapy

 

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Last updated: 05-02-2014

     

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