Many programs require one to leave the home, family environment or even their state in order to engage in treatment. This system prevents families from being involved in the treatment process. CRC engages families and loved ones from the moment a patient enters program. CRC Institutes believes in guiding families on the journey to recreate their lives by providing the support they need.
Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET): MET is aimed at helping individuals identify and resolve ambivalence about alcohol and other drug use. MET is also called “motivational interviewing,” MET focuses on increasing motivation with the client and on setting small attainable goals. This treatment modality usually involves weekly sessions which focus is on encouraging discussion of their substance use and evoking change through motivational therapy, strategies, weekly planning and accountability. MET strategies include setting specific and attainable goals, planning for change, and encouraging internal ones own internal motivation. Individuals are often encouraged to bring partners or other loved ones to the sessions to help them in their process. Our therapist works alongside the individual to monitor positive change, identify negative triggers, and review ones coping and cessation strategies. The goal of MET is to resolve ambivalence and help individuals make changes to their substance-use patterns.
MET involves addressing four key components through a therapeutic approach:
- Empathy: The therapist conveys empathy through reflective listening. This is intended to encourage understanding, build rapport, and help patients recognize that change is difficult. This part of the therapy is also known as engaging.
- Developing discrepancy: The therapist helps the individual identify goals and values and how his or her current behaviors might be interfering with these. The therapist and patient work together to identify behaviors they want to change. This part of the therapy is also known as focusing.
- Rolling with resistance: MET approaches aim to avoid direct confrontation. Instead of fighting resistance, ambivalence is treated as part of the process and something to be curious about. In this phase, “change talk” is elicited and reinforced.
- Developing autonomy and self-efficacy: This is often the planning phase of therapy. Specific strategies are explored to plan for change and to manage crises and pitfalls that get in the way of it. Commitment and goal setting are often shared with family members in sessions to help reinforce changes.