Motivational enhancement therapy

Motivational enhancement therapy may be used in the treatment of alcohol or drug abuse problems. This therapy encourages a person to use personal motivation to stop using drugs or alcohol and to make changes that will lead to a better lifestyle.

Motivational enhancement therapy may be part of inpatient or outpatient treatment to stop abusing drugs or alcohol or to maintain sobriety. It is brief, lasting only 1 to 2 hours over 2 to 4 sessions, and may be combined with other types of counseling to enhance treatment. With the counselor's help, the person creates a personal plan and sets goals. The counselor helps the person understand the behaviors that lead to drug or alcohol use problems. The theory behind this therapy is that a person will be more motivated if he or she is able to personally set the goals for changing destructive behaviors.

Last Updated: January 26, 2010

Author: Jeannette Curtis

Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Peter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction

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