AAC uses MI because:
AAC has chosen to utilize Motivational Interviewing (MI) as a component in our dual diagnosis addiction treatment curriculum due to many encouraging MI treatment outcome results and change stage benefits including:
- Well-suited for managed care setting
- Designed as brief intervention
- Normally delivered in 2-4 outpatient sessions
- Triggers change in high-risk lifestyle behaviors
- Large effects from brief motivational counseling have held up across a wide variety of real-life clinical settings
- Mobilizes client’s own resources for change
- Invokes behavior change
- Delivered within context of larger healthcare delivery system
- Compatible with health care delivery
- Does not assume a long-term client-therapist relationship
- Single sessions have invoked behavior change
- Emphasizes building client motivation — a strong predictor of change
- Clients learn something that is likely to help them within first few sessions.
- Enhances adherence which improves treatment outcomes
Because drugs change the brain in ways that foster compulsive drug abuse, quitting is difficult, even for those who are ready to do so.
Drug addiction treatment does not have to be voluntary in order to be effective.