Motivational interviewing is a counseling approach in which the therapist and his morphine addicted client work together to help the addict strengthen his motivation to become drug-free. According to Psych Central, motivational interviewing (MI) focuses on things such as desire, self-empowerment, and readiness for change. Therapists who use MI recognize when a client experiences conflicting emotions about changing his behavior, and tries to reinforce the positive desire to change. MI is particularly effective early on in recovery for morphine addicts who are experiencing negative consequences from their addiction but fail to admit or recognize them.
Choosing to change one’s behavior is a major element in motivational interviewing. It is important to understand that changing behavior is more of a process than a simple action, and therefore requires thoughtful reflection that then moves toward changes in behavior. According to MI professionals, the desire for change begins in an addict’s thoughts and motivation.
According to a 2010 article in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, the stages of change include:
Pre-contemplation. In this stage, a morphine addict does not see a problem with his addictive behavior, so he is not willing to change.
Contemplation. During this stage, a morphine addict recognizes a problem with his behavior but struggles with whether or not he wants to change.
Preparation/Determination. At this point, a morphine addict is advancing toward the problem instead of ignoring or avoiding it. He is taking steps and getting ready to change. He is moving away from ambivalence toward a new course of behavior (drug-free lifestyle).
Action/Willpower. In this stage, a person is making the changes and creating the new behaviors for a drug-free lifestyle.
Maintenance. In this stage, a recovering morphine addict is maintaining behavior change that is continually being woven into his life. A recovering addict will be on lifelong maintenance to guard against relapse.
MI is one of many techniques that therapists can use when helping a morphine addict in the process of recovery. It is often paired with other techniques, like cognitive behavioral therapy, that help an addict make lifelong changes.
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