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Motivational Enhancement  Therapy in Franklin, TN

Often the hardest aspects of recovery is changing our thought processes and actions, especially while dealing with various life challenges stemming from past trauma, depression, anxiety, and other byproducts of addiction. Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) is a motivational style of counseling that employs principles of Motivational Interviewing. MET is an alternative to 12-step programs and is a form of addiction therapy that helps patients in recovery to overcome uncertainty related to a change in their self-destructive drug or alcohol behavior.

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Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) is an evidence-based treatment modality that has shown to be effective for individuals who may be hesitant, uncertain, or reluctant about beginning treatment for alcohol or drug use, dependence, and addiction.

As the name implies, MET enhances the motivation to begin recovery to overcome a substance use disorder. This therapy approach works well when combined with other therapies.

How do I know if Motivational Enhancement Therapy is right for me?

Motivational enhancement therapy is a form of communication that helps the patient to see inconsistencies in their self-destructive behavior and move them from a pre-contemplation state to one of action. MET applies particular focus on areas where he or she is hesitant about introducing potentially beneficial actions in their life, thus overcoming ambivalence. 

Motivational Enhancement Therapy is customized to the specific needs of the person receiving treatment. Not only has it proven beneficial to those with a substance abuse disorder, but MET has also shown to also be helpful in the management of anxiety, eating disorders and gambling addiction as well as treatment for individuals who may be going through identity issues or trying to establish their autonomy. It is clear to see how this sort of methodology is complementary to other treatment modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy or dialectical behavior therapy

What to expect during Motivational Enhancement Therapy session

  • An environment of trust is important because it expresses empathy, listening, and understanding of your experiences and feelings to help you see your destructive behaviors

  • An attempt to differentiate any discrepancies or incongruities in your state of abuse of drugs or alcohol and where you would like to be in a substance-free future.

  • No arguments that may result in distrust. Instead, we will use techniques that will ultimately encourage trust and comfort.

  • An understanding of your resistance to change. 

  • Support of your self-efficacy by offering positive thoughts, reinforcement, and feedback to help you feel hopeful and boost your self-worth and esteem.

The first step toward seeing if MET can help you, your child or your loved one is to talk to a therapist. Contact TalkDr Christian Counseling in Franklin, Tennessee for a free 15-minute phone consultation: email us or call 615-985-TALK

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