When a person enters addiction treatment, they are most likely facing feelings of fear and uncertainty. Motivational Interviewing is a patient-centered therapeutic approach that helps move clients away from the sense of indecision towards finding the motivation to move forward making positive changes in their lives.
Motivational Interviewing is a collaborative goal-oriented experience between the client and the interviewer. With addiction, individuals often have a lack of motivation to quit, which is one of the greatest barriers faced in treatment. In a Motivational Interview session, clients learn how to recognize the severity of their issues and how it affects their lives through a series of open-ended questions. Patients will begin to understand the reasons that they should make a change and how it is possible.