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MET (Motivational Enhancement Therapy)

Journey to a Healthy Future

a person sits and talks with a therapist during motivational enhancement therapyWhen casual drug and alcohol use spirals out of control and develops into an addiction, it can feel overwhelming and intimidating to think of seeking help. Unfortunately, many people don’t get the treatment they desperately need, and their quality of life diminishes. However, there is always hope and help available for those who can reach out for treatment from professional addiction specialists.

For example, New Horizons Recovery is a safe and supportive place where people can begin to recover from the physical and psychological effects of drug and alcohol use. Our New Castle, Pennsylvania therapy programs range from cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and motivational enhancement therapy (MET). If you are tired of living in the endless cycle of drug and alcohol use, reach out to our New Horizons Recovery team today online or at 267.435.3134 for more information about our therapy programs, including MET for addiction.

What Is Motivational Enhancement Therapy?

William Miller and Stephen Rollnick developed motivational enhancement therapy in the early 1990s to help people overcome their ambivalence and find the motivation to seek treatment. Also, MET for addiction causes people to face their addiction issues head-on and identify the underlying causes of their drug and alcohol use. In short, motivational enhancement therapy creates a willingness for a person to take control of their lives and leave their addiction behind.

There are six stages of motivational enhancement therapy, which are:

  • Pre-contemplation – In this stage, the client is stuck in their ways and is unwilling or unable to change their behavior.
  • Contemplation – In the contemplation stage, the client begins to consider the pros and cons of continuing drug and alcohol use.
  • Determination – The determination stage is when the client makes the courageous decision to change their life, leave their addiction behind, and begin their recovery.
  • Action – In perhaps this most challenging stage, the client begins their life without drug or alcohol use. Typically, they will make changes such as no longer hanging around people with addictions, enrolling in a treatment program, and attending therapy sessions and group meetings.
  • Maintenance – The maintenance stage is self-explanatory. The client upholds their recovery and commits to a lifestyle without addiction.
  • Relapse – If a relapse occurs, then the client begins the cycle again at the pre-contemplation stage.

Benefits of Motivational Enhancement Therapy

People in the maintenance stage of motivational enhancement therapy often believe in this approach because of the benefits it has afforded them.

A few of the many benefits of MET for addiction are:

  • Increases self-reliance
  • Enhances self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Helps the client to take responsibility for their drug and alcohol use
  • Prepares the client for long-term recovery
  • Encourages the client to embrace a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle

Other Therapy Programs at New Horizons Recovery

Although motivational enhancement therapy can be very effective for some, this practice isn’t for everyone. If that’s the case, New Horizons Recovery offers a plethora of other addiction therapy programs to help people in their recovery journey.

Additional therapy programs at New Horizons Recovery include:

  • ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy)
  • Anxiety treatment
  • CBT (cognitive-behavioral therapy)
  • Depression treatment
  • Dual diagnosis
  • DBT (dialectical behavior therapy)
  • Family therapy/counseling
  • Group therapy
  • Life skills training
  • Mental health
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Person-centered therapy
  • Relapse prevention therapy
  • Vivitrol treatment
  • 12-step approach

Embrace Recovery with MET for Addiction at New Horizons Recovery

At New Horizons Recovery in Pennsylvania, we a proud to be an innovator in addiction and mental health treatment in the Mid-Atlantic. Our team of dedicated and knowledgeable experts treats each of our clients with the respect and dignity they deserve as they progress through their treatment plans. If you or a loved one might benefit from motivational enhancement therapy, contact New Horizons Recovery online or at 267.435.3134.