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Motivational enhancement therapy may be used in the treatment of
alcohol or drug abuse problems. It may also be used to help a person quit smoking.
This therapy encourages a person to use
personal motivation to stop using drugs, alcohol, or tobacco and to make changes that
will lead to a better lifestyle.
Motivational enhancement therapy may be part of inpatient or
outpatient treatment to stop abusing drugs or alcohol or to maintain sobriety.
It is brief, lasting only 1 to 2 hours over 1 to 4 sessions, and may be
combined with other types of counseling to enhance treatment. With the
counselor's help, the person creates a personal plan and sets goals. The
counselor helps the person understand the behaviors that lead to drug or
alcohol use problems or tobacco use. The theory behind this therapy is that a person will be
more motivated if he or she is able to personally set the goals for changing
Current as of:
February 20, 2015
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Peter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction
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