Moral Reconation (MRT)
Therapy in Franklin, TN

Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) is a treatment strategy that seeks to decrease the amount of falling back into juvenile and adult criminal offenders by increasing moral reasoning. Its cognitive-behavioral approach combines elements from a variety of psychological traditions to progressively address ego, social, moral, and positive behavioral growth.

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Participants of an MRT group will examine underlying thinking patterns which have influenced behavior resulting in involvement in the criminal justice system. Through examining thoughts and behaviors, participants will increase their moral reasoning by looking at the impact of their behavior on not only themselves but also their relationships. Other benefits of MRT include developing a better self-concept, developing honesty and accountability, and establishing short-term and long-term goals. 

How did MRT Therapy Start

MRT was first used among prison populations to help offenders become more moral before returning to society. Quickly, its benefits for those addicted to drugs and alcohol were discovered, and MRT has been used for substance abuse ever since.

The ultimate goal of MRT is to encourage addicts and alcoholics to take responsibility for their actions and to be better able to make choices that are positive and considerate of themselves and the people around them. People of many different abilities and intellect levels can benefit from MRT, and the method of therapy adapts well to all learning styles, making it excellent for groups of people that include individuals with drastically different backgrounds and skill sets.

How MRT Works

MRT is performed in a group therapy setting under the supervision of an experienced, highly-trained facilitator. As a part of drug and alcohol rehab, MRT usually takes place after medical detox to rid the body of substances and address the immediate physical dependence on substances.
 

Normally lasting three to six months, MRT includes a series of 16 steps. The program teaches participants to:

  • Admit the role that they played in their addiction

  • Believe that they can recover and that the program can help them

  • Build trust among the group and view it as a safe place

  • Adjust to life’s circumstances

  • See the benefit of following rules and laws

  • Take an honest account of their current lives and identify areas of improvement

  • Identify people that they have hurt and work to make amends

  • Develop a master plan for life, set goals, and strive to achieve them

  • Let go of the need to be right all the time

  • Continue trying when things become difficult

  • Spot negative actions, thoughts, and beliefs and work to remedy them

  • Commit completely to acting in an ethical and moral way

  • Practice kindness and demonstrate a willingness to help others simply for the sake of doing what is right

  • Avoid behaviors that are self-destructive and harmful
     

Is Moral Reconation Therapy Right for you?

If you’re wondering whether Moral Reconation Therapy could be beneficial for you or someone that you love, TalkDr Christian Counseling is here to help you explore drug and alcohol treatment options. MRT is one of the many therapies that we use to help people break free of addiction and begin healthier, happier lives. For each person in alcohol and drug rehab programs, we develop customized treatment plans that focus on the physical, mental, and spiritual dimensions of addiction. Please contact TalkDr Christian Counseling in Franklin, Tennessee for a free 15-minute phone consultation email us or call 615-985-TALK