Sometimes, it’s hard to want to change, even when you know you need to. Finding the motivation to make a change doesn’t have to be the first step toward beating addiction. Just going to treatment can make all the difference when the counselor practices motivational interviewing.

What is motivational interviewing?

Motivational interviewing is a client-centered approach to therapy. A session typically involves a conversation between the individual and the counselor. The counselor’s goal is to help clients uncover their own reasons for wanting change and the doubts and fears they may feel that hold them back. Uncovering personal motivation often helps a person to commit to change.

What happens after the client finds motivation?

Once a counselor has provided the support the client needs to articulate their motivation and commitment, the therapy sessions can move forward toward a successful recovery. Counseling techniques that help the client take an active role in making the changes include cognitive behavioral therapy, stress management, and others. A client may also be encouraged to join a peer support group.

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