Motivational interviewing is often used to address addiction. This technique helps individuals change the behaviors that are preventing them from making healthier choices. Research has shown that this intervention works well with individuals who start off unmotivated or unprepared for change. They may not be ready to commit to change, but motivational interviewing can help them move through the emotional stages of change necessary to find their motivation.
In a supportive manner, a motivational interviewer encourages clients to talk about their need for change and their own reasons for wanting to change. It is a method to help people commit to the difficult process of change. The process is twofold. The first goal is to increase the person’s motivation and the second is for the person to make the commitment to change.
As opposed to simply stating a need or desire to change, hearing themselves express a commitment out loud has been shown to help improve a client’s ability to actually make those changes followed up with other interventions, such as cognitive therapy, support groups such as Smart Recovery and stress management training.
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