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Motivational Enhancement Therapy Overview

What Is Motivational Enhancement Therapy

By concentrating on inside spurred change, Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) people groups beat their addictions through four focused on treatment sessions.


MET, also known as Motivational Enhancement Therapy, is an intrusion and guidance technique especially made to induce changes that are motivated internally. 12 step treatment and other counselling techniques are normally combined with MET. There are four main treatment sessions in MET that come after an assessment has been done and each session has a specific focus. Every session is customized to the need of the person. Before treatment goals are set, the information that is acquired during the assessment is analysed in the initial sessions. Encouragement to stay clean and a different perspective on this are provided in the sessions that come afterwards.


The addicts are taught the most effective way to modify their conducts and thoughts by the MET.


Treating Dependency With Motivational Enhancement Therapy

What each addict needs from a treatment is studied at his entry in the rehab clinic. Doctors usually observe an individual's physical changes as well as vital signs throughout abstinence from the substance.

After this, MET counsellors cooperate with individuals to aid in altering their ideas and conducts connected to use of substances.


MET additionally aids in curing coexisting psychological conditions. Mental disorders which are co-occurring our common among drug addicts. Both these disorders can get affected by the imbalanced chemistry of the brain. Motivational Enhancement Therapy could aid in curing dependency and a coexisting condition simultaneously to put a stop to later setback.

Some co-occurring Conditions, Which Can Be Treated By MET Include:

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Eating issues

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Combining Met And Other Treatments

MET often is used as part of a comprehensive addiction treatment program along with several other types of behavioural therapies. These include the 12-step program and cognitive-behavioural therapy [CBT]. The objective of these techniques is to guide the patient through behavioural change through the use of specific techniques. For an instance, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy concentrates mainly on educating individuals on managing tactics for pressure, whilst 12 step schemes define particular moves to aid abusers to get and remain abstinent.


Techniques And Treatment Used In Met Therapy

Therapist and patients will focus on five crucial aspects during MET.

For addicts, there are good for stimulating changes on the inner motivations.

  • Creating And Showing Compassion
  • Through empathy, the addict will discover how their conducts have impacted in other people's life, that is why is so important.
  • This can be used as a factor for motivational change.
  • Compassion additionally aids in creating a faithful connection between an individual and counsellor.
  • Accepting divergence among ideas and actuality.
  • Individuals usually have some reluctance to rehabilitation, and should accept the truth that there is a space between the point where they believe they are and where they really are.
  • Perceiving this crevice can be educational, and can inspire sentiments of self-inspiration to change.
  • Avoiding Confrontation
  • How hard the addicts have used the drugs is not a theme of discussion during the sessions.
  • A positive approach to MET is always encouraged in the patients.
  • Part of the treatment process is accepting resistance.
  • Working through the resistance to the treatment is also part of the MET treatment process.
  • Therapists connect with recouping addicts on an individual level, helping them understand how their practices are affecting their objectives and connections.
  • Supporting The Self-Efficacy Of A Recovering Addict
  • Recovering addicts are required to develop the belief they need in their ability in order to achieve their goals.
  • Patients are taught using MET that they can meet their objectives in life and they can kick their addiction.
  • The idea of self-efficacy is supported by good conducts and thoughts that are taught by a therapy.

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If you are suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction, or you are aware about someone you love being addicted you can rest assured that we can help. Mental health counselling is a major part of treatment in many residential and outpatient treatment centres. Finding the motivation to get sober and even more importantly to stay sober can be critical for long-term recovery. We are here to aid you, contact us on 0800 246 1509.