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Motivational Interviewing

Steps Recovery Center recognizes how vital the mind, body, and spirit are in their connection to the whole person. We take a holistic approach to treating those with substance abuse and relatable disorders that may contribute to their substance abuse; this includes treating the whole person, and find that it tends to be more successful, especially since addiction affects every aspect of a person’s life. With a customized and individualized program, a holistic approach just makes sense. It affords an opportunity to meet the patient’s physical and psychological needs and allows them to engage physically, emotionally, and mentally.

When you seek help for yourself or a loved one with long-term drug or alcohol abuse, there are several methods of treatment. Aside from the basics of detox, residential rehab, individual counseling, and group therapy, behavioral therapies are most successful for lasting recovery. Some of these therapies include CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy,) and motivational interviewing.

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What is Motivational Interviewing?

Motivational interviewing Utah is therapy focused on helping you make the right decisions toward set goals. For those in rehab or thinking about it, implementing this method, along with other proven methods, is a great way to move forward with your life. Motivational interviewing helps people with mental illnesses that coexist with substance abuse, including anxiety, depression, and gambling problems.

In a Utah recovery center, a therapist works with you to boost your progress and helps you to make changes on your terms, instead of feeling pressured. Throughout the process, you can explore how you feel about changes in your life. Your therapist is there to support you while you make choices and decisions that will benefit your life. This treatment protocol provides a life coach, if you will, who you can trust and who will listen to you. When you have someone that cares and is cheering you on toward your goals, it’s easier to push toward them.

Characteristics of Motivational interviewing

This treatment method relies upon identifying and mobilizing the client’s intrinsic values and goals to help stimulate behavioral change. It’s designed to elicit change and help the client with motivating their life toward accomplishing their goals and sticking to their values. If there’s resistance and denial, it just means the method needs to be modified since every person is different and reacts differently to various methods.

The National Institutes of Health recognizes motivational interviewing, which is based on five principles:

  • Expressing empathy through reflective listening:

– Listens rather than tells
– Communicates respect for and acceptance of clients and their feelings
– Provides support throughout the recovery process
– Allows therapists to be a supportive and knowledgeable consultant
– Gently persuades but never forces
– Sincerely compliments rather than denigrates
– Encourages a nonjudgmental, collaborative relationship

  • Develop discrepancy between client’s goals or values and their current behavior:
– Develop awareness of consequences, which helps clients examine their behavior
– The gap between present behavior and essential goals that motivates change
– The client presents the arguments for change
  • Avoid argument and confrontation:
– Defending breeds defensiveness
– Labeling is unnecessary
– Arguments are counterproductive
– Resistance is a signal to change strategies
  • Adjust to rather than oppose resistance:
– Perceptions can be shifted
– Momentum can be used to good advantage
– The client is a valuable resource for finding solutions to their problems
– New perspectives are invited but not imposed
  • Support self-efficacy and optimism:
– There is hope in the range of alternative approaches available
– Belief in the possibility of change is an important motivator
– The client is responsible for choosing and carrying out personal change

Effectiveness of Motivational Interviewing

The National Institute of Health conducted three published meta-analyses of motivational interviewing. They found that it’s 10 percent to 20 percent more effective than no treatment, and is usually equal to other viable treatments for various problems. (alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, and other drugs) It’s most effective for stopping or preventing unhealthy behaviors like binge drinking, decreasing the amount and frequency of drinking, smoking, and substance abuse.

The British Journal of General Practice found that motivational interviewing outperformed traditional advice in a broad range of behavioral problems and diseases. They discovered that psychologists and physicians obtained an effect in approximately 80 percent of the studies for physiological and psychological (75%) diseases.

Motivational interviewing Utah is an effective treatment for clients in recovery centers and outperforms that of traditional methods when executed properly.
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Steps Recovery is the place you go if you want a caring and understanding program. They have helped me gain knowledge about myself and what I want/need to do. The staff there can relate and help you through core issues and they push you to do better because being in this program you know you can do big and amazing things. Also the therapists there are awesome and walk with you through struggles of life and give you the tools you truly need. Overall this place is an amazing opportunity and you’d be missing out on a lot if you chose to not at least try this program.
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46 weeks ago

Steps Recovery in St. George has been amazing! I’m so excited to use the tools that I’ve learned here! The staff is amazing, and very understanding! I would recommend them to anyone struggling with addiction!
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Adam Kelly

47 weeks ago

What I liked most about my time at Steps is the atmosphere that was presented during my whole stay. I have done a lot of treatment centers and this one is by far the one I have felt I gained the most from. I would highly recommend Steps to anybody struggling with addiction!
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Jan 1, 2019

The staff and facility is amazing- Couldn’t ask for anything better. The program is well rounded with rec activities, equine therapy, gender therapy, group therapy, individual and couples therapy, and also attends various 12 Step support groups such as AA or NA. They also have family therapy and processing with options for individual settings or in a group. These help families understand what their loved ones who suffer from addiction is going through and how to support them, and also gives them their own support system.
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Nov 13, 2018

This place saved my life! The therapists were very helpful, friendly and really cared about the clients wellbeing. The tech’s were alway helpful with meds and anything that was needed. House manager was amazing, had high expectations on job duties, and kept a very clean organized atmosphere. Food was always amazing. I never went hungry! The information and skills that I have learned and applied to my life are priceless. If you’re not willing to put forth the work to change your life this is not your place, but if you are this is the first Step to take. I Love everyone at Steps. Thank you for all your help
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Matthew Cromar

Aug 10, 2018

I’d been to other recovery centers before but this one was the best, it stuck because I was willing to do the work, and with the help I received from staff I am now celebrating a year of sobriety in a couple of days. Update; I’m now 18 months sober as of yesterday and I still keep in touch with my steps family. The lessons I learned at steps will stick with me for the rest of my life. Thank you for giving me my life back.
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