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Motivational Enhancement Therapy for Young Adults and Adolescents


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Addiction is a challenging journey, one that requires strength, resilience, and a strong support system. If you or your loved one is battling addiction and seeking recovery, you’re not alone. Our motivational enhancement therapy (MET) services are designed to assist young adults and adolescents in overcoming addiction and achieving long-lasting change.

Kiwi Recovery offers a full range of mental health treatment services for young adults who need our help. Through thorough assessment and accurate treatment, we are able to help them develop the skills they need to build better futures. Learn more about our programs and services today by calling 617.751.6610.

What Is Motivational Enhancement Therapy?

Motivational enhancement therapy is a proven, client-centered approach that helps individuals resolve their ambivalence about engaging in treatment and stopping drug use. This therapeutic approach focuses on improving motivation and commitment to change rather than teaching coping skills. MET is particularly suitable for those who may be resistant to the idea of change or who struggle with maintaining motivation throughout the recovery process.

What to Expect from Our Teen MET Services

In our teen motivational enhancement therapy services, each counseling session is uniquely tailored to the individual’s needs and pace. The therapy typically begins with an initial assessment phase where therapists gather information about the individual’s substance use, personal goals, and readiness for change.

Our young adult and adolescent clients will experience:

  • A safe and non-judgmental environment where they can openly share their experiences with addiction.
  • A focus on the individual’s strengths and desires to create an action plan for long-term success.
  • Strategies that help build motivation, resilience, and self-confidence.
  • Education about addiction triggers, relapse prevention techniques, and other coping skills.
  • Emotional support and encouragement throughout the recovery process.

The role of a therapist in MET is unique. Rather than directing the course of treatment, they work as a collaborator, helping individuals explore and resolve their ambivalence about change. The therapist encourages the individual to take the lead in discussions about their motivations, goals, and strategies for change, fostering a sense of personal empowerment.

Lasting Effects of Motivational Enhancement Therapy for Substance Abuse

The goal of MET is to spark the internal motivation for change, leading to lasting effects that extend beyond the therapy sessions. Individuals who participate in MET often experience a positive influence on their recovery process, including improved self-esteem and increased motivation to remain abstinent.

Furthermore, MET can help in building healthier relationships, as it encourages open communication and empathy. By fostering self-awareness and personal growth, individuals are better equipped to form supportive and understanding relationships with peers and family.

Combining Therapies with Motivational Enhancement Therapy

While MET is a powerful tool on its own, it is often most effective when combined with other evidence-based therapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).

In our comprehensive recovery program, we use MET to increase motivation and readiness for change, while CBT or DBT sessions provide the skills needed to maintain these changes. This well-rounded approach allows us to address all facets of addiction, from the underlying psychological triggers to the practical strategies for managing cravings and avoiding relapse.

We believe that every individual has the capacity for change and growth. Our motivational enhancement therapy services are here to help you unlock that potential.

Teen Mental Health and Addiction Therapy Services at Kiwi Recovery

Kiwi Recovery offers comprehensive substance use and mental health services for teens in the greater Boston, Massachusetts, area. Our therapists specialize in helping young adults and adolescents overcome addiction and achieve their recovery goals.

Get started on your journey to long-term sobriety today. Call us at 617.751.6610 or use our online contact form to learn more about our teen motivational enhancement therapy services and other programs.