Staying motivated during addiction recovery is essential to keeping on the right track in a recovery journey. Changing habits that have been ingrained for years, or maybe even decades, requires strength of will and motivation. External support is essential in maintaining positive changes and staying motivated to continue the work of recovery. A motivational interviewing therapy program can provide essential support for staying motivated in addiction recovery.

At Fort Behavioral Health, our team of compassionate professionals is here to provide the motivational support you need in addiction recovery. Contact us by completing our online form or calling 844.332.1807 to learn more about our motivational interviewing therapy program and how our team can help you continue your recovery process.

The Role of Motivation in Addiction Recovery

Staying motivated is a key component of successful addiction recovery. When the work gets tedious or overwhelming emotions creep in, returning to familiar, addictive behaviors can be incredibly tempting. If left to our own devices or isolated in this process, it is all too easy to fall into the trap of old habits. Finding and keeping a robust sense of motivation throughout the recovery process is necessary to avoid these pitfalls.

It’s crucial to have a support system in place that can bolster motivation when it’s waning. Having a community of peers, a sponsor, or a therapist can help immensely with providing motivational support. It can be tempting to wait until the moments of a real need to seek support and community. However, staying motivated in addiction recovery requires doing the work of building a motivational support network before you need it.

Motivation is an essential component of addiction recovery. It reminds you why you’re making difficult changes. It greases the gears in the engine of change. Motivation inspires you to keep working through challenging moments, days, and weeks. Your level of motivation and willpower can change from day to day. If you have done the work to establish a supportive motivational network, it becomes much easier to maintain.

Motivational Interviewing in Support of Addiction Recovery

Motivational Interviewing is a therapy program that can be especially helpful for maintaining motivation in addiction recovery. With motivational interviewing, you are guided in bolstering your own internal motivation support system through a series of interviews with a professional.

Finding a network is one thing; reaching out for support when you need help getting or staying motivated is another matter entirely. With motivational interviewing, finding motivation can become another healthy ritual that helps reinforce positive habits.

Motivational Interviewing is done by a licensed professional who acts as an impartial partner in motivation through guided conversation. A proficient motivational interviewer should have:

  • Excellent listening skills
  • Empathetic disposition
  • Proof of formal training, such as a license
  • Evidence of experience and success

Finding a therapist you feel comfortable opening up to and look forward to seeing is crucial to setting yourself up for success.

In motivational interviewing, your therapist or conversation partner will ask open-ended questions. They will offer affirmation and reflection. Expressing empathy for the self is often much harder than expressing empathy for others. Motivational interviewing programs help you build a foundation of self-empathy, roll with resistance, and build confidence.

This process will support the development of healthy autonomous motivational processes and make staying motivated throughout addiction recovery much easier.

Rely on Fort Behavioral Health for Help Staying Motivated in Addiction Recovery

Staying motivated in addiction recovery is easier with the right team behind you. At Fort Behavioral Health, we have a team of addiction recovery specialists available to support you in finding motivation for addiction recovery.

Our safe, welcoming, spacious facilities serve the greater Fort Worth, Texas, region. We offer a full range of addiction recovery support services, from detox to residential recovery programs to 12-step support groups and motivational interviewing. Our Fort Behavioral Health team provides a supportive, personalized recovery experience for every person in our care. Reach out to us today at 844.332.1807, or you can fill out our online contact form.


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