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Motivational Enhancement As Therapy

Learning Of Motivational Enhancement Therapy

Through concentrating on change that is motivated internally, MET or Motivational Enhancement Therapy aids individuals to defeat their dependencies by four focused periods of counselling.


MET is an approach to counselling and intervention which is done with the purpose of making the patient want to change. MET is usually paired with some kinds of guidance for dependent individuals, like the 12-step rehabilitation approach. There are four main treatment sessions in MET that come after an assessment has been done and each session has a specific focus. The needs of the individual determine how the sessions will be carried out. Before treatment goals are set, the information that is acquired during the assessment is analysed in the initial sessions. Encouragement to stay clean and a different perspective on this are provided in the sessions that come afterwards.


Learning how to change one's thoughts and habits is important in overcoming addiction and this is what MET teaches.


Motivational Enhancement Therapy Utilised For Addiction Treatment

Once somebody gets into a substance rehabilitation facility, they are assessed to know their rehabilitation necessities. As the patient withdraws from the drug, the doctors check their vital signs and keep track of any changes in their body.

Afterwards, the recovering drug users meet with MET therapists who help them to shift their thoughts and habits away from those that lead to drug use.


The mental issues that lead to the consumption of drugs are also treated by MET therapists. Mental disorders which are co-occurring our common among drug addicts. Both these disorders can get affected by the imbalanced chemistry of the brain. MET can treat dependence and a co-happening issue in the meantime to anticipate future backslide.

Some co-happening conditions MET treats include:

  • OCD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Eating disorders

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Met Used With Other Treatments

MET is usually applied as component of an in depth dependency cure scheme together with many other therapies for behaviour, such as CBT or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and 12 step programs. These treatments utilizes particular procedures to guide patients through behavioural change. For an instance, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy concentrates mainly on educating individuals on managing tactics for pressure, whilst 12 step schemes define particular moves to aid abusers to get and remain abstinent.


Techniques And Treatment Used In Met Therapy

There are five basic components of MET that patients and specialists will work through.

These are strategies, which have been identified as being helpful in encouraging feelings of motivational change among people who are suffering from drug addiction.

  • Empathy Development And Expression
  • Encouragement is provided for the patient to understand and develop empathy to learn how their actions are affecting other people around them.
  • This can be used as a factor for motivational change.
  • The patient and therapist also benefit from empathy because it helps them to develop a trusting relationship between themselves.
  • Accepting divergence among ideas and actuality.
  • It is common to notice some resistance during the treatment among patients who are required to understand the fact that there is a certain gap between where they feel they are and where they really are.
  • The inner motivation necessary to start the change can start by realizing this difference.
  • Staying Away From Conflict
  • Counsellors would not disagree with the individuals regarding the extent of their substance or liquor addiction.
  • A positive approach to MET is always encouraged in the patients.
  • Acknowledging reluctance as element of the procedure.
  • MET helps dependent individuals work through their imperviousness to dependence treatment.
  • Offering a better chance for addicts to see how their conducts have impacted on their objectives and relationships is part of the whole process at a personal level.
  • Encouraging A Recovering Addict's Self-Efficacy
  • Recovering addicts are required to develop the belief they need in their ability in order to achieve their goals.
  • Patients are taught using MET that they can meet their objectives in life and they can kick their addiction.
  • Behaviours that strengthen the idea of reaching your goals on your own are encouraged by therapists as well as positive thoughts.

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We can assist if you know anyone who is struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Mental health counselling is essential during the treatment of an addiction, and this is a factor which has been realised by many inpatient and outpatient drug rehabs. Getting the drive to be and remain abstinent could be an important component to an enduring recuperation, for assistance contact us on 0800 246 1509.