Motivational Interviewing

motivational interviewing in south carolina

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a cooperative and goal-oriented treatment practice for improving motivation and dedication to a specific goal. Together, the client and therapist (interviewer) use justifications for change directed by the client to address indecision and turn the desired goal into actuality. Furthermore, this type of therapy at our Hilton Head rehab appeals to each client's intellect for common sense decision-making.

It is the therapist's job, through thoughtful listening, to execute MI's core Interviewing skills and help clients steer their way out of hesitation, pushing forward into change. These interviewing skills build the acronym OARS:

OPEN QUESTIONS—asking open-ended questions

AFFIRMATIONS—emphasizing the positive

REFLECTIVE LISTENING—restating what is said

SUMMARIZE—collecting and linking what is said with the emphasis on change

The client and therapist move freely through four overlapping processes in the MI experience.

  1. Engaging—constructing a collaborative relationship between therapist and client
  2. Focusing—preserving a specific direction in change conversation
  3. Evoking—prompting the client's own motivations for change
  4. Planning—creating a commitment to change and developing a plan of action

The procedure of creating change is powered by four key elements that are the spirit of motivational interviewing:

  1. Partnership
  2. Acceptance
  3. Compassion
  4. Evocation

Benefits of MI

There are quite a few reasons why MI is a broadly used form of behavioral therapy, including:

  • Supports the client's self-confidence 
  • Assists clients to take accountability for themselves and their behaviors
  • Reduces the risk of relapse
  • Helps clients become more receptive to treatment
  • Showing clients that they have the power to change their lives themselves
  • Teaching clients to take responsibility for themselves

Motivational interviewing is especially valuable to South Carolinians who may be unwilling to begin a treatment program or who are not ready to make the important life adjustments. This type of therapy is instrumental in bringing out self-motivated change, which is important for long-term recovery.

Efficacy of Motivational Interviewing

Since MI was first introduced in the 1980s, studies have shown that it can effectively treat a range of psychological and physical health conditions. Research also shows that motivational interviewing is a strategic therapeutic tool in addiction treatment. The downside is that MI doesn’t work well with patients who don’t believe they have a problem, which is a stepping stone that needs to be crossed first. Motivational interviewing can effectively treat a variety of conditions, but keep in mind that there is no one form of therapy that is applicable for everyone in every situation.

If you or a loved are tired of endless cycle of addiction, and ready to change your life, then BriteLife may be the right South Carolina rehab for you. Call us toll-free at 866-470-2187 for a confidential assessment.

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