Recovery is centered around change. We strive to get better. We dedicate ourselves to daily practice of tools that we’ve learned in therapy, apply our knowledge to group or individual therapy, and rely on our support team to keep us on track. These aspects of recovery are essential to our success, and they all require change. The willingness to open and learn, the ability to let go of past hurts and step into new experiences, and the development and maintenance of hope for brighter days. Through all the beauty that recovery entails, there is still fear. Many of us feel afraid of this change; our doubts creep in and we sink a little lower into our seats, afraid of repeating past mistakes or questioning our ability to overcome our problems in the first place.
Our natural response to change is fear, and that’s okay. Being afraid of the future is fine, but we shouldn’t let that control our decision to seek treatment. One form of therapy that may help us address our fears related to change is motivational interviewing. Motivational interviewing is described by Psychology Today as “a counseling method that helps people resolve ambivalent feelings and insecurities to find the internal motivation they need to change their behavior”. This form of therapy provides a practical approach surrounding the topics of change and commitment. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration notes that motivational interviewing builds on Carl Roger’s theories about people’s capabilities for exercising free choice and changing through a process of self-actualization. What can you expect?
The University of Massachusetts at Amherst states that the following are essential components to motivational interviewing:
- Collaboration vs. Confrontation. Collaboration builds support and trust between the therapist and patient, and it does not mean that the therapist automatically agrees with the patient. Collaboration is enacted by focusing on mutual understanding.
- Evocation (Drawing out, rather than imposing ideas). Lasting change is more likely to occur when the patient discovers their own reasons and determination for change. Therapists do not impose ideas because this would not be beneficial nor productive to the growth of the patient.
- Autonomy vs. Authority. Ultimately, it is up to the patient to make changes happen. This approach is more empowering for the individual because it places the decision making in their hands, rather than having the therapist tell them what to change and how to change.
If you are seeking a treatment center that can incorporate motivational interviewing into your treatment plan, call us today at 888-743-0490. Simple Recovery is a California state-licensed, substance abuse treatment program with licensed, experienced professionals who truly care about your health and wellbeing. We will provide you with many resources to utilize both during and after treatment to ensure you receive the best care possible. Call us today for a consultation.