Motivational Interviewing

One of the primary reasons why people don’t seek help for an addiction is they don’t have a reason to do so. If they haven’t hit rock bottom, then they might be operating under the delusion everything is fine. Regardless of the reasons why, people simply can’t find the motivation to change their behavior. When motivation becomes an issue, there is an addiction treatment option that targets that very problem. Motivational interviewing is a process therapists use to help addiction sufferers find the motivation they need to stop self-medicating.

About Motivational Interviewing

Therapist explaining a motivational interviewing program to his clientAt times, it appears the addiction sufferer is unwilling to change their behavior out of spite. While that’s certainly a possibility, the reluctance to heed another person’s advice seems rooted in something else. Just because someone finds themselves living with an addiction doesn’t mean they have lost all sense of autonomy. In fact, it’s reasonable to assume some people abuse substances just to show they are in control of their own lives. Of course, we all know the addiction is really in control.

The focus of motivational interviewing has two components. First, the therapist should strive to help the client rid themselves of any sense of helplessness. The therapist has a better chance of reaching the client if they can empower them. If a client gains a sense of empowerment, then they might recognize the fact they can make choices.

At that point, the therapist can shift their focus to helping the client find the motivation to cease the addictive behavior. The respect for the client’s personal identity creates an atmosphere where the client is more receptive to helpful information and motivation.

Motivational Interviewing Techniques

At NFA Behavioral Health, we offer a motivational interviewing program in New Hampshire. We have therapists and counselors who have training and experience in this form of evidence-based therapy. From that experience, they have been able to make use of some common but effective techniques that bring great results. While considering an individual therapy program in New Hampshire, let’s look at some of the motivational interviewing techniques that are available:

Beating Resistance

People in denial about their addiction have no interest in being told they are wrong or what they need to do. They also have a natural resistance to any suggestion that isn’t their own. When battling this resistance, a therapist has to seek permission to intrude into the client’s world. After establishing some level of respect and trust, the client is likely to lower their resistance and open up to suggestions.

Offering Advice

The key to enticing a client to listen to advice is to get permission to give the advice. Again, asking for permission empowers the client to control the situation. The asking of permission to give advice makes it likely the client will extend the invitation and listen to what the therapist offers. It’s important that the therapist delivers the advice as a suggestion and not a demand.


When a client has lost all confidence, they usually fear making decisions like when to stop abusing drugs. For a therapist, this presents an opportunity to break down the client’s barriers with praise. They can praise the client’s ability to endure, the progress they are making and the client’s desire to actually make a change. Praise is a confidence builder


Consistently, addiction sufferers feel a sense of isolation or that people misunderstand them. A bit of empathy towards the client’s circumstances can go a long way towards opening the door to them making changes.

About Motivational Interviewing at New Academy Freedom

In Canterbury, NH, we serve as one of the top addiction treatment facilities in the region. Along with our motivational interviewing program in New Hampshire, we also offer a wider range of treatment services. These services include:

If you have an interest in a unique approach to addiction treatment, motivational interviewing might be a worthy option. At NFA Behavioral Health, we would like the opportunity to use this method to help you with your addiction problem. What we need is a call from you to 866.420.6222 in order to help you start your recovery.