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How does motivational enhancement therapy help treat addiction?

Howard J. Shaffer, PhD
Addiction Medicine
Motivational enhancement therapies encourage clients to develop and advance their own agenda and set their own goals. The therapist's role is to listen carefully and to ask provocative but judgment-free questions about the value of using the object of addiction and how such use has affected the client. The answers should help the clients increase their motivation for stopping such use, identify reasons to change, and establish a recovery plan. Clinicians typically use this treatment strategy in conjunction with other therapeutic approaches.

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