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Motivational Enhancement Therapy Program in Massachusetts


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Motivational enhancement therapy (MET) is a motivational psychology method created to quickly bring about internally motivated change. This is not a step-by-step approach where the therapist guides the client through the process but rather uses motivational methods to utilize the client’s own ability to change. There is an initial assessment session followed by two to four individual therapy sessions. The idea is to help the client find self-motivating proclamations to aid them in changing their addictive behaviors. This has been shown to be more effective in getting clients to engage in their own struggle for sobriety rather than dealing with the addiction itself.

At Paramount Recovery Centers, we provide a wide range of addiction therapy programs to help people begin and maintain their recovery. One of our most effective addiction treatment methods is motivational enhancement therapy, which has proved to be effective for many people. If you or a loved one may benefit from motivational enhancement therapy, reach out to our team today by completing our online contact form.

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One of the most difficult aspects of getting help with addiction is finding the motivation to seek treatment. An unmotivated person will let a substance use disorder continue to get out of hand rather than confront it and its contribution to their personal decline. In the first two therapy sessions, the client’s spouse or significant other is involved. The first session focuses on what has been learned through the initial assessment. The addiction, its causes, and probable solutions are discussed. The second session focuses on building a commitment to behavioral change. The last two sessions occur in weeks six and twelve of the program, using them as an opportunity to monitor progress and validate the changes that are being made.


Using the Acronym FRAMES, the elements to induce change include:

  • FEEDBACK of impairment
  • Personal RESPONSIBILITY for change
  • Clear-cut ADVICE to change
  • A MENU of differing change options
  • EMPATHY of the therapist
  • The client’s SELF-EFFICACY


The six stages of change that take place during motivational enhancement therapy are:

  • Precontemplation – Prior to considering making a change in behavior
  • Contemplation – Recognizing that there is a problem and deciding if treatment is affordable and useful
  • Determination – A decision to take concrete action in addressing the problem
  • Action – The addiction problem is confronted, and action is taken to get sober
  • Maintenance – Sustaining the change that has been developed
  • Relapse – If the change has been interrupted and relapse occurs, the cycle starts over


At Paramount Recovery Centers, our motivational enhancement therapy techniques include:

  • Express empathy – Respectful communication between therapist and client
  • Develop discrepancy – It is the discrepancy between the state the client is currently in and where they see themselves in a sober future
  • Avoid argumentation – Preventing defensive behavior in dealing with coping mechanisms
  • Roll with resistance – Trying to get the client to shift their perspective when there is resistance
  • Support self-efficacy – The therapist supports the client in helping them believe in their own ability to effect change


At Paramount Recovery Centers, our motivational enhancement therapy program in Massachusetts encourages clients to engage in internally motivated change. With the help of a therapist specifically trained in this method, the guest will discover their own motivations to combat a substance use disorder effectively with lasting results. MET is a unique approach that allows the therapist and guest to be partners in the guest’s well-worn path to sobriety rather than adversaries. It is this adversarial dilemma that prevents many people from achieving their goals both in a program and also when they are on their own.

At Paramount Recovery Centers, we are well-versed in this method and treat our guests with the respect they deserve. We can be reached online for you to take the first step on your journey to wellness and recovery.

Learn more about our intensive outpatient day treatment program in MA or family program today by calling 833.772.7287 or completing our online contact form.

PHP Treatment in MA

A partial hospitalization program (PHP) is similar to our intensive outpatient program. However, individuals in a PHP are medically monitored during their visits. Our partial hospitalization program in MA provides a robust substance use disorder treatment schedule while allowing individuals to return home in the evenings. At Paramount Recovery Centers in Southborough, MA, our substance abuse therapists will evaluate your needs for recovery and create an individualized custom treatment plan.

IOP Treatment in MA

Also known as intensive outpatient treatment, our IOP day treatment program in MA allows guests to attend therapy and process group sessions during the day while giving them the freedom to return home in the evenings. The main advantage of our IOP in Massachusetts is that clients can maintain their work, school, or family schedules while taking control of their recovery from substance use disorder. Our Paramount Recovery Centers team will work with your family to determine if our intensive outpatient program in MA is right for you.


12-Step Program

At Paramount Recovery Centers in Southborough, MA each of our 12-step-informed programs offers the skills and strategies that have proven to be the most effective for helping people have a lasting recovery from drug addiction and alcoholism. Completing the 12 steps allows chemically dependent individuals to control cravings long enough to overcome the denial and guilt that have been holding them hostage.


Men's Rehab Program

A men’s rehab program for drugs and alcohol may provide a clear avenue to help make that possible. Entering into one of the substance use disorder treatment programs for Men shows you care about your life, health, and friends. It’s one of the addiction treatment programs we offer at Paramount Recovery Centers in Southborough, MA.

Women's Rehab Program

For a Women's rehab program to be effective, a person has to open up and feel comfortable. That’s why many people benefit from a gender-specific program. In a women’s rehab program for substance use disorder, it is possible to gain insight, support, and compassion to facilitate healing and substance abuse recovery. 


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