Motivational Interviews (MI) strays from the historical means of approaching individuals suffering from substance abuse problems.
Research demonstrates that being confrontational and attempting to "talk sense", is highly unsuccessful because it is likely to result in resentment, refusal to change, distress and harms the self-worth of those in need of compassionate care. Motivational Interviewing ties into our philosophies of the need for only the most compassionate staff, collaborative processes, and individualized treatment.
Through the therapeutic conversation between licensed clinicians and clients, the client's own motivation for and commitment to change its strengthened. Rather than imposing or forcing particular changes, we meet the client where the client is and help them move towards their goals by drawing out and building his/her readiness to change.