Motivational Enhancement Therapy

By focusing on internally motivated change, Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) helps people overcome their addictions through four targeted therapy sessions.

Understanding Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)

Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) is an intervention and counseling approach specifically designed to help addicted individuals change their own thoughts and behaviors. The goal of this type of therapy is that individuals with an addiction will be intrinsically motivated to change. . MET is often combined with other forms of counseling for addicted people, such as the 12-Step treatment method.

MET and Addiction Treatment

When someone checks into a drug rehab center, they are evaluated to determine their treatment needs. Physicians typically monitor a patient’s vital signs and the body’s changes during withdrawal from the drug. MET therapists then work with patients to help change their thoughts and behaviors related to drug use.

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MET Therapies and Techniques

There are five critical elements of MET that patients and therapists will work through. These are strategies that have been found to encourage feelings of motivational change in those suffering from drug addiction.

  • Developing and expressing empathy – Patients are encouraged to learn and develop empathy to learn how their actions affect others. Empathy also helps to establish a trusting relationship between a patient and therapist.
  • Acknowledging the disparity between thoughts and reality – Patients often have a gap between unrealistic thought patterns and reality. Recognizing this gap can be eye-opening, and can help to elicit feelings of self-motivation to change.
  • Avoiding arguments – Therapists won’t argue with their patients about the degree of their drug or alcohol abuse. Patients are encouraged to have a positive response and outlook on MET.
  • Accepting resistance as part of the process – MET helps addicted people work through their resistance to addiction treatment. Therapists engage recovering addicts on a personal level, helping them realize how their behaviors are impacting their goals and relationships.
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Supporting a recovering addict’s self-efficacy

Recovering addicts must believe in their ability to achieve their goals. MET teaches patients they have the power to overcome addiction and to strive to accomplish their life goals. Therapists encourage positive thoughts and behaviors that reinforce the concept of self-efficacy.

MET and Other Treatments

Motivational Enhancement Therapy is often used as part of a complete addiction treatment program with several other behavioral therapies, including 12-Step programs and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). These therapies uses specific techniques to guide patients through behavioral change.

Get Help For a Drug or Alcohol Addiction

If you or someone you love is suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction, we can help. Many inpatient and outpatient drug rehabs understand the need for mental health counseling during addiction treatment. Finding the motivation to get and remain sober can be a critical piece to long-term recovery.