The Benefits of Motivational Interviewing


The Benefits of Motivational Interviewing

For anyone who has just completed a treatment program for addiction, they understand that the early stages of recovery are the most fragile and precious.

For individuals struggling with any form of addiction, the fear of the unknown during the recovery process can be intimidating. There are numerous treatment approaches and therapies that can successfully treat someone who is battling a substance abuse issue and it’s important to receive individualized care to determine what therapy method is best for you and your needs. Motivational Interviewing is a practice that therapists use to help people fight addiction, and this strength-based approach highlights the ability to change harmful behaviors. This therapy method is extremely effective and has helped numerous people on their path towards recovery. Banyan Treatment Center in Philadelphia shares with you the many benefits of motivational interviewing and if this is the right approach for you.

Motivational Interviewing works by helping patients find the strength they need to change their unhealthy behaviors through goal setting. A therapist works to instill motivation tactics to increase positivity and the drive to change enabling behaviors. The main goals of motivational interviewing include helping people envision positive outcomes and this will only allow for a more successful recovery journey. People undergoing addiction treatment can benefit from this therapy approach. The benefits include:

  • Triggers change in high-risk lifestyle behaviors
  • Increases the willingness to get help and fight through addiction
  • Increases participation rates during any treatment program
  • Lowers the chance of future relapses occurring
  • Allows individuals to find encouragement during treatment and to establish self-actualization goals

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, motivational interviewing builds on the capabilities for exercising free choice and changing through a process of self-actualization.


Many people who are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction need to find motivation to change and a professional treatment center provides therapy that allows an individual to grow through recovery. Banyan Treatment Center helps people find the strength needed to overcome addiction. Call our treatment center today at 888-280-4763 for more information on how we can guide you through recovery.

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Alyssa is Banyan’s Director of Digital Marketing & Technology. After overcoming her own struggles with addiction, she began working in the treatment field in 2012. She graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2016 with additional education in Salesforce University programs. A part of the Banyan team since 2016, Alyssa brings over 5 years of experience in the addiction treatment field.