How Well Does Motivational Interviewing Work?
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, Motivational Interviewing is a useful therapeutic tool for use with people who have substance abuse or addiction problems.
A recent review of 11 clinical trials on motivation interviewing reveal that 9 of 11 of these studies found that motivational interviewing was found to be more effective than standard care. 1
What Are Some of the Benefits of Motivational Interviewing?
- Motivational interviewing is designed to work fairly quickly, often requiring just 2 to 4 sessions in total. This makes it a relatively fast acting and inexpensive therapeutic technique
- There is good evidence that Motivational Interviewing works to influence change away from high risk behaviors – and this change has been found to occur across a wide variety of real life settings
- Motivational interviewing has been shown to increase the likelihood that a person will stay on longer in further episodes of addiction treatment – which is a strong predictor of eventual success
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