Motivational Interviewing at Southern Sky Recovery
Each person brings their own perspective and lived experience to a rehab program. Addiction therapy programs in South Carolina recognize that clients need a diverse range of approaches. The evidence-based motivational interviewing approach has been successful with clients who aren’t as open to more traditional therapy styles. Motivational interviewing techniques can be a powerful tool for sustaining sobriety.
What Is Motivational Interviewing?
Motivational interviewing is a counseling approach that helps clients find their reasons for staying in treatment. Clients get a chance to resolve any ambivalence or mixed feelings they may have about sobriety and the treatment process. It focuses on their internal motivation for change rather than external pressures. When people find their own inspirations to make significant lifestyle changes, they are more likely to stick with therapy, medication, and other forms of treatment. On the other hand, when people’s motivation comes only from others rather than themselves, they are less likely to follow through with a recovery program.
In addition to helping clients with substance use disorders, a motivational interviewing program in Bluffton, SC can be especially useful for:
- Clients who don’t accept their need for treatment
- Clients who are unwilling or unprepared to make different choices
- Clients managing physical health conditions like diabetes or heart disease
Through motivational interviewing tactics, people become better able to take responsibility for their own decisions and actions. They learn they have the power to make positive, lasting changes in their lives.
Motivational interviewing programs in Bluffton, SC can also be used as a supplement to other types of therapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy. If a lack of motivation keeps them from progressing in other therapy forms, motivational interviewing can help.
Motivational Interviewing Techniques
The counselor and client relationship in motivational interviewing sessions is similar to a partnership or collaboration. Instead of adding their own viewpoints and solutions, counselors work to understand the clients’ views. This way, the client can identify the problem and potential solutions. If clients resist change, counselors encourage dialogue rather than protesting the client’s resistance. The collaborative approach builds trust, which is a solid foundation for therapy.
Sessions are structured as a conversation. The counselor, or interviewer, invites clients to lead the discussion. One motivational interviewing technique the counselor will use is to point out discrepancies between the client’s current behaviors and future goals. In other words, the counselor can identify when the client is thinking or acting in ways that don’t match the client’s goals and values.
Counselors in motivational interviewing programs use four helpful techniques:
- They ask open-ended questions, encouraging clients to think more deeply about their problems.
- They offer affirmations or statements that acknowledge the client’s strengths and abilities.
- Affirmations inspire confidence and help clients believe in their ability to change.
- They express empathy through reflective listening, or listening and then reflecting the client’s thoughts to them. This process helps the client understand their own reasons and motivations more clearly.
- They summarize or recap the client’s statements to indicate understanding.
Through these and other techniques, counselors who practice motivational interviewing can encourage even reluctant people to take charge of their own recovery.
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Our counselors are ready to meet clients with empathy and compassion. Many staff members at Southern Sky Recovery are in long-term recovery themselves, so they understand the struggles clients go through in the process of making a lifelong change. Motivational interviewing programs are one aspect of the therapy and counseling services we offer, which include dual diagnosis treatment for clients with mental health conditions, family therapy, group therapy, and more.
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