As a component of your recovery, you may begin receiving individual counseling from a therapist. One of the techniques your therapist might employ is motivational interviewing, which is useful in helping people with addictions to move from a state of uncertainty into a state of action. This is accomplished by helping you to identify and pursue your goals. Ambivalence is a major obstacle in the treatment of addiction. You may have experienced this already, wondering why you never seem able to take the necessary steps to quit drinking or drugging, despite weeks, months, or even years of thinking about it. Or, you may have the motivation to quit, but lack a plan to do so. By working with a therapist trained in motivational interviewing, you can quickly begin to make headway in overcoming your addiction. The technique was developed by clinical psychologists William R. Miller and Stephen Rollnick in the early 1980s. M.I., as it’s known for short, centers on the idea that human beings are fundamentally good – and fundamentally goal-driven, though they often need help in identifying their goals. In its current practice, motivational interviewing is non-judgmental and non-adversarial on the part of the therapist. Instead of confronting you about your drug or alcohol use, your therapist will instead help you to become aware of the risks and consequences caused by your addiction. Your therapist will help you to understand that you are a person of great worth and goodness, and will work with you to identify your goals for yourself. In this way, your therapist will also help you to see the ways in which your drug or alcohol use prevents you from achieving those goals. He or she will ask a great many questions and help you sort out the answers. With the right therapist, you’ll experience warmth, caring, and acceptance. Together, you and your therapist will uncover the motivation necessary for you to change. You’ll begin to see a better future for yourself, and you’ll overcome the ambivalence that has held you back. You’ll soon begin to see there is more to fear in remaining in active addiction than in letting go of drugs and alcohol. Most importantly, you’ll know you have an ally in your journey.
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