When an addict contemplates entering treatment for his or her alcohol or drug abuse, of course there will be some ambivalence. At Pacific Solstice Treatment Center, our intakes for addiction always include Motivational Interviewing and this technique is included in all aspects of our rehab because we know that we need to flip that switch for treatment to be successful. The process and results of motivational interviewing for addicts can be magical. It prepares one for making challenging behavior changes, for example, stop abusing alcohol or drugs.
At our rehab, we embrace the conflict that goes on in the addict brain: to change or not to change. We recognize that there are good reasons to enter a rehab for treatment and there are good reasons to not enter a rehab for treatment. We get this. It is okay to not be 100% in! We will help you consider the pros and cons. It is our job.
Our therapists in our rehab are trained in client-centered approach and we know that addicts are not inherently liars in denial and pathological in their core. We know that through listening and utilizing motivation interviewing we can understand what the addicts and alcoholics are saying, including how they got to where they are, where they see themselves in the future, and what they think about their situation. We know how you treat people has a large impact on how they behave.
We believe at our rehab that change is motivated by the discrepancy between where you are and where you want to be. The bigger the gap between the two, the stronger the motivation to change lies. We also believe that motivation is an external experience that causes an internal response. Many believe that motivation is only an internal process. We know that our motivational interviewing can be the start of an internal process of motivation and ambivalence is a good starting point!