Motivational Enhancement Therapy

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a therapist takes notes in front of a patient during motivational enhancement therapyMotivational enhancement therapy (MET) is a goal-oriented, short-term treatment approach used as part of a substance use disorder treatment program. The goal of MET is to increase motivation for change. The best New Jersey addiction therapy programs, like BlueCrest Recovery, offer MET to clients to help them reach their goals. 

MET requires the client and therapist to work together to devise a plan for change that is founded on the client’s beliefs and goals. Ultimately, a motivational enhancement therapy program exists to positively impact the client’s quality of life.  

To learn more about how our MET program in New Jersey can help you or someone you know, contact BlueCrest Recovery at 888.292.9652

How Does a Motivational Enhancement Therapy Program Work? 

MET uses motivational interviewing as its main process and begins with an in-depth assessment of a client’s problem, their thoughts on it, and their goals related to the problem and challenges. The assessment is followed by four to six regular sessions that discuss substance use and evoking change. 

Even though it’s a short-term therapy, it adjusts clients’ self-defeating thoughts and behaviors to promote change and create a plan for treatment success. The following five techniques can be applied during the course of BlueCrest’s motivational enhancement therapy program in New Jersey: 

  • Expressing empathy 
  • Developing discrepancy 
  • Avoiding arguments 
  • Meeting resistance with reflection 
  • Supporting the client’s self-efficacy 

Therapists validate the client’s experience through reflection and active listening to help them realize the impact substance use is having on their life. This is what developing discrepancy is, and it can take a while for the client to come to this point.  

In other words, discrepancy is the gap between where a person is in life and where they want to be. Realizing that substance use has a negative impact on their lives can be a painful and sensitive process, but when MET is successful, the client — not the therapist — voices arguments for change.  

During a client’s time in a MET program in New Jersey, the therapist avoids challenging the client’s initial feelings and denials about substance use. There is no arguing and no pressure from the therapist; conflict can destroy any trust the client has placed in the therapist up to that point.  

Self-efficacy is a person’s belief in their ability to reach their goals. Ultimately, these programs are designed to help clients build self-efficacy, which takes time, encouragement, and support.  

During therapy, motivational interviewing techniques like reflecting the client’s statements back to them, asking open-ended questions, and summarizing the client’s progress can help cultivate self-efficacy. 

What Are the Benefits of Our Motivational Enhancement Therapy Program in New Jersey? 

A big part of discovering an individual’s inner motivation and increasing self-efficacy is realizing how their behavior impacts them. But it also includes how substance use impacts others. By expressing empathy for those around them, motivation for change can grow. 

One of the biggest benefits of MET is helping clients overcome resistance to substance use disorder treatment. Intrinsic motivation is vital at every stage of recovery, but it’s also essential in order for a person to want to begin the journey to recovery.  

Other benefits of motivational enhancement therapy are its quick timeline of four to six sessions and its emphasis on the value of the client’s choice. 

Finding Motivation to Heal with MET at BlueCrest Recovery 

Motivational enhancement therapy programs are powerful and effective treatment options that are designed specifically for individuals who struggle with substance use disorders.  

MET is a means of boosting recovery by breaking down resistance to treatment and improving self-efficacy. If you or a loved one needs help through a MET program, contact BlueCrest Recovery at 888.292.9652.

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Yes, all information provided is kept confidential and once engaged in treatment; all aspects of treatment are confidential unless otherwise noted by a signed release of information.

We accept most major private insurances. If you do not have insurance, private pay options can be discussed.

At BlueCrest Recovery Center, you will receive a comprehensive multifaceted approach to treatment that includes both group therapy sessions and individual one-on-one therapy sessions based on your unique needs.

Yes, we offer both family support and education groups run by a licensed clinician as well as individual family sessions. Every family and every person is unique, our clinicians will work with you to determine the best approach to healing for yourself and your family.

BlueCrest Recovery Center will conduct an assessment, or level of care evaluation. The goal is to determine the appropriate level of care to meet the client’s individual needs and to provide a recommendation.

Yes, in fact clients with co-occurring illnesses tend to be very successful in our program. Every client that comes to BlueCrest receives a comprehensive psychological evaluation to determine what specific mental health needs they have. From there, a personalized treatment plan that addresses both the substance use and mental health concerns.

BlueCrest Recovery adheres to the highest treatment standards established by its accrediting agencies. BlueCrest is currently accredited by Joint Commission and   The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities also known as CARF. These governing agencies certify that our services are consistently meeting rigorous treatment standards and to ensure the highest quality of care is always being provided.

Group schedules for all treatment days are outlined by a clinical curriculum that integrates a multitude of the treatment modalities we offer. Our therapists will conduct weekly individual sessions with each client. These one-on-one sessions most often occurs during treatment hours in lieu of a group session. BlueCrest’s clinical schedule offers comprehensive and diverse therapeutic approaches including, among many others, process (discussion) group, 12-step education/didactic groups, yoga and meditation sessions and life skills training.

Transitioning from treatment to independent living is a common relapse trigger. BlueCrest’s multiple levels of care are intended to gradually “step-down” clinical structure as clients build independence and grow their 12-step program. Clinicians and our Case Manager will assist in making any necessary aftercare referrals for continued care including but not limited to psychiatrists, doctors and therapists.