Motivational interviewing is one of the addiction therapies and mental health treatment strategies we use at True Life Center. It is designed to help you learn, grow, and heal in a meaningful manner by just thinking about things differently. We use it as a component of our outpatient treatment at our facility in San Diego, California. But how exactly could motivational interviewing help you?
What Is Motivational Interviewing?
Motivational interviewing is a type of goal-oriented communication strategy. It is a component of the change process that can help you resolve the ambivalent feelings you have while also working to overcome insecurities. The goal is to help you find the internal motivation you need to see a change in your life. Motivational interviewing is a component of many addiction therapies and is also an important part of the mental health treatment we offer.
What Happens During Motivational Interviewing?
When you come in for a one-on-one session with your therapist, they will work with you to explore past trauma and help you better understand the root causes of your addiction. There’s no blame here, but rather an opportunity for you to communicate openly about what’s happened to you.
There are several components of this type of therapy:
- Your therapist will ask you open-ended questions.
- They will show empathy and affirm what’s happened to you.
- Your therapist will engage in reflective listening and really engage with you in what’s happened.
- Then, they will summarize what you’ve communicated.
The goal is to get you to make statements that show you’re in favor of change. One of the most challenging components of addiction therapies is to help you see that you can make changes and that once you are willing to truly do so, you can then create a path of healing.
Ask yourself, what do you want to happen? Then, the conversation moves to help you to see that you have the ability to change. This ability is often more present than you think. For example, you may conclude that you can change something that’s holding you back with a bit of help.
It’s also essential to discuss the reasons. That is, why should you consider making this change? It may be because of your health, your mental wellbeing, or because of another goal you have. Define your reason for change.
Finally, it’s also crucial to embrace need statements. Here, the focus is more on the emotional components of the situation rather than the actual reasons. For example, you may need to change to save your marriage or to live a fulfilling life.
Our Outpatient Treatment in San Diego, California Can Provide You with Help
Motivational interviewing can be a powerful tool for you, but it is just one of the addiction therapies and mental health treatment strategies we offer at True Life Center. It is a combination of all of these treatment options that you can find the health and healing you need. Changing the way you think to help motivate you to stop using drugs or alcohol and to monitor symptoms of mental health disorders is life-changing.
We’re here to help make that happen with therapy programs and resources such as:
- Intensive outpatient program
- Partial hospitalization program
- Neurobiological integration approach
- Anxiety disorder treatment
- Trauma therapy program
Why Choose True Life Center for Outpatient Treatment?
True Life Center is committed to helping individuals find and express their authentic selves. When suffering is deep and enduring, understanding the path forward brings comfort and hope. Our aim is to provide a comprehensive map for long-term recovery and optimal health. We listen carefully to you and your loved ones to understand and co-collaborate in the creation of your True Life Recovery Plan. Finding treatment for mental illness may seem challenging right now, but it’s only a phone call away. Five minutes can give you the key to years of stability and contentment. Give us a ring to start your journey to healing today.
Get the Support You Need by Calling True Life Center Today
Motivational interviewing may be one of the most significant investments you make as a part of your addiction therapies and mental health treatment. Our outpatient treatment program in San Diego, California, can provide you with the tools and resources you need to start the healing process. To learn more about True Life Center, call us at 866.420.1792 or reach out to us online today.