Addiction Therapy

Motivational Enhancement Therapy Program in Massachusetts


At the Massachusetts Center for Addiction in Quincy, MA, we help individuals overcome addiction and alcoholism. One of our therapeutic treatments is Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), a method designed to empower you to change. Let us explain how our MET program can support you or your loved one on the journey to recovery.

What is Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)?

Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) is a unique and powerful approach to overcoming addiction. At its core, MET taps into one’s own internal motivations for making significant life changes.

This approach contrasts sharply with more traditional treatment methods, which often lay out a predefined path to recovery and expect individuals to follow step-by-step instructions. Instead of a one-size-fits-all solution, MET acknowledges that the journey to recovery is deeply personal and varies from one individual to another.

The essence of MET lies in its ability to encourage you to explore and identify your personal reasons for wanting to change. This could involve reflecting on how your life might improve without addiction, considering the impact on your relationships, health, or career, and envisioning a future where you are in control.

By focusing on what truly matters to you, MET makes the process of recovery more meaningful and tailored to your individual aspirations and values.


Female patient sitting with female clinician in her office during an motivational enhancement therapy sessions.

How Does MET Work?

Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) thrives on a partnership foundation between you and your therapist. It emphasizes mutual respect and a collaborative dialogue. This approach facilitates insightful conversations and allows you to explore your motivations and desires for change. 

By focusing on understanding your perspective, MET aims to make you feel seen and supported. It creates a non-judgmental space where the complexities of your feelings and thoughts about addiction and recovery can be openly discussed. This process is vital, as it empowers you to recognize the personal benefits of change, naturally fostering a deeper, intrinsic motivation to pursue a healthier life.

Four Key Components of MET

Empathy is at the heart of our approach; we prioritize listening and truly understanding your experiences. This creates a space where you feel safe to share your thoughts and feelings, knowing they will be met with compassion and acceptance. By empathizing with your journey, we help foster a therapeutic relationship built on trust, which is crucial for effective change.

Discrepancy involves guiding you to recognize the difference between where you are now and where you wish to be. This critical step is not about pointing out faults but about illuminating possibilities for a better future. By understanding this gap, you can begin to see the value of change and feel motivated to pursue the necessary steps to achieve your goals.

Avoiding arguments is fundamental to our method. We understand that confrontation can lead to resistance rather than change. Therefore, we adopt a supportive, non-confrontational stance that respects your perspective and encourages open dialogue. This approach helps create a positive environment conducive to exploration and growth.

Self-efficacy is about building your belief in your capacity to enact change. We aim to empower you by highlighting your strengths and past successes, reinforcing the idea that you have control over your actions and their outcomes. Boosting your confidence in this way is key to overcoming challenges and making lasting changes in your life.

These principles guide our therapy, helping you move towards recovery with your own strength.

Motivational Enhancement Therapy and Addiction Treatment

MET’s effectiveness in addiction treatment stems from its tailored approach, which actively involves you in your own recovery journey. This personalization ensures that the therapy resonates with your unique experiences and goals, leading to a higher level of engagement and investment in the process.

By centering the therapy on your individual motivations for change, MET cultivates a profound and enduring commitment to transformation. This focus on what personally drives you to seek a better life not only makes the recovery more meaningful but also enhances the likelihood of sustaining long-term change.

Treatment Techniques Used in MET

MET utilizes open-ended questions to encourage deeper self-reflection. This approach lets you articulate your thoughts and feelings freely, helping uncover your true motivations and concerns.

Reflective listening is then applied, where the therapist mirrors your sentiments. This ensures that you feel understood and validating your experiences. This fosters a strong therapeutic alliance. 

Positive reinforcement is used to acknowledge your successes and strengths, reinforcing your self-esteem and motivating continued progress.

Employing these strategies fosters a supportive dialogue, aiding you in navigating and reconciling ambivalence about change. Instead of dictating the process, the therapist gently guides you, ensuring you feel empowered to take the lead on your recovery journey.

Ready to Get Help for Addiction?

Starting with us is simple. Call us at 844-486-0671 for a free, confidential assessment. We’ll guide you through scheduling treatment and planning for the next steps. Our team aims to make your admission into our program as smooth as possible.

We accept various insurance plans, including Cigna, Aetna, and Tricare, making our program accessible. We provide a supportive environment where you can discover the motivation to change.

Taking the first step towards recovery is a significant move. At the Massachusetts Center for Addiction, we believe in the power of MET to transform lives. Contact us today, and let us support you on your path to hope and healing.