Motivational Enhancement Therapy

Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) is based upon principles of motivation and provides the opportunity for quick and more internal change.  Unlike CBT, this modality does not attempt to train or guide clients through the recovery process but rather allow them to develop their own motivation necessary to guide themselves through the process.  MET is similar to CBT in that early in the treatment process it allows the clients to explore and utilize a decisional balance approach to help clients identify what they stand to gain and/or lose from abstaining from drugs and alcohol.  The responsibility for developing and implementing motivation and change is primarily the clients and MET focuses more on why change is important.  If a client has low motivation to change, MET would be the most productive approach to allow the client the opportunity to develop the internal and external motivation for long term recovery as this is vital to maintaining long term recovery.