If you have a substance abuse problem, choosing to seek out treatment is a major step. However, your attitude about recovery once in treatment can make a huge impact on the benefits you receive. While some patients are highly motivated about recovery, some might not be as sure about what they want. If you fall into this category, motivational interviewing might be the thing that sparks your full commitment to overcoming addiction.

At Gateway Foundation Aurora, we offer a variety of therapies to help you work towards physical, emotional, and spiritual health. We specialize in personalized treatment, with a focus on Dual Diagnosis to treat any underlying. co-occurring mental health conditions. Our 44-bed facility is a safe space for you to focus on identifying the values that resulted in addiction. At the same time, you learn how to cope with stressors you encounter and begin to plan for your future.

Benefits of Motivational Interviewing

Woman during a motivational interviewing therapy session

Motivational interviewing, or MI, can be beneficial to all patients who are seeking treatment and recovery from substance abuse. The benefits of MI are rooted in changing the way you think and how you act. Through MI, you work to improve your thinking about the recovery process itself, by learning to attach positive connotations to the idea of recovery and sobriety. Of course, with a more positive outlook in life, you can develop hope about a positive future. Another benefit is that it teaches you to plan and put the plan into action. You learn how to organize your life, and organization is important when remaining focused on sobriety.

How Does MI Work?

Motivational Interviewing works by involving you fully in your recovery process. The process asks you to focus on your plans for the future, by including specific details. It also asks you to explore how addiction negatively impacts your relationships, career and your health. As part of the treatment, our staff encourages you to focus on the positives of living a sober life. This is particularly important because patients sometimes focus on the perceived positives they relate to substance abuse. They also sometimes also attach negatives to sobriety, believing a sober life means being bored all the time.

One of the positives a therapist conducting MI might ask you to focus on is the rewards you can receive from seriously committing to recovery. These rewards can include a stronger financial situation or more stable relationships with friends and loved ones. Another part of Motivational Interviewing is making practical, detailed plans for the future. Not only do you have to specify what you hope to do in the future, but you will also have to explain how you will do it. Making concrete plans about your future life is a tool for helping you commit to a sober lifestyle. Only through concrete planning can you truly begin working towards permanent changes in your life.

Quality Recovery Services

At Gateway Foundation Aurora we design personalized treatment plans based on a range of evidence-based therapies and other services. Motivational interviewing is one of the many therapies we offer while we help you change core values and beliefs that have shaped your decisions. Our Addiction Therapy Services are supported by scientific research and by the success stories of our patients. These services include:

As a non-profit organization, we also aim to provide affordable treatment because we believe cost should not be a barrier to treatment. We accept in and out of network insurance to make sure you get the help you need.

If you are ready to make permanent changes in your thinking, motivational interviewing and our other therapies can make the difference. Call us today at 630.966.7400 and take the first step towards recovery.