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What is addictive behavior What therapy techniques are available to people who are suffering from addiction Motivational interviewing is one alternative available to addicts today This paper will define addiction and perhaps shed a light on how motivational interviewing can be seen as an option for the treatment of addiction as well as open the door to a new way of therapy for addiction counselors By defining addiction one sees the psychological effects as well as the physical effects drugs and alcohol can portray in a individuals life Addiction is a physical and psychological dependence on a substance or behavior It begins by using something to feel good The addiction seems to help the person to avoid painful feelings Over time the person feels less pleasure and more addicted Eventually the addiction leads to a feeling of I dont care as long as I can even when the effects are devastating to the addicted person or others Arnot Ogden Medical Center 1998 So the next step is to come up with some sort of technique in order to help someone climb out of ruts of addiction In order to leave behind the addictive behavior as well as the consequences of the addictive behavior a person must in a way change the behavior they exhibit With this motivational interviewing comes into play The most current and up-to-date definition of motivational interviewing is that it is a directive client-centered counseling style for eliciting behavior change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalenceWagner Conners 1999 Now one might ask what ambivalence is Ambivalence is defined as simultaneous and contradictory attitudes or feelings as attraction and repulsion toward an object person or action In this case alcohol or drugs Because this particular approach of therapy is more focused and goal-oriented the resolution of ambivalence to the alcohol or the drug is very important The concept of motivational interviewing was developed by Bill Miller PhD
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