Many of us who enter a treatment program feel dejected and hopeless. We may believe that there is no hope in changing our circumstances – that addiction is just too much to overcome. This is when the therapeutic technique of motivational interviewing provides the insight and inspiration we need to truly recover.
What is Motivational Interviewing?
This counseling method was developed in the 1980s as a person-centered strategy. It is used to help those dealing with addiction and other chronic health problems to change the behaviors that are harming them. This approach is ideal for people who feel unprepared for change, or who are unmotivated to pursue a treatment program.
In a motivational interviewing (MI) session, your therapist will meet you at your level. While most of us would resist a person forcing change upon us, MI is unique in that it inspires us to create our own change. This is a collaborative process between you and your therapist, in which they will compassionately address your concerns and encourage you to embrace the spirit of recovery.
Self-efficacy is the belief that you have in your own abilities. People with high levels of self-efficacy are able to achieve their goals and change their behavior better than their peers. This mindset is especially vital to those in recovery.
Addiction is a disease that chips away at your self-efficacy. Many of us have tried multiple times to quit on our own, and because we have failed, we lose our confidence. Motivational interviewing helps to rebuild our self-image and faith in our ability to recover. Your therapist will accentuate your strengths and areas in which you have succeeded; by highlighting your wins instead of ruminating on your losses, you will be equipped to stay sober for years to come.
Addiction Treatment in Miami, Florida
Substance use is a complex condition requiring expert care. At South Miami Recovery, we provide proven, evidence-based therapies which help you to access the internal motivation and drive needed to quit for good.