Substance abuse is an issue that affects millions of men and women across the country, but addiction recovery isn’t a one-size-fits-all type of treatment. A treatment approach that works for one client may not work for another, and that’s why there are innovative addiction recovery programs like Moral Reconation Therapy. MRT seeks to make improvements in moral reasoning and decision-making, helping clients acknowledge that there are consequences to their behavior and actions, and the treatment approach has proven successful in changing negative behavior patterns among substance abuse clients. For more information about Moral Reconation Therapy, or to speak to an addiction recovery expert about the different types of treatment available for those addicted to drugs or alcohol, call A Forever Recovery today at our toll-free number.
What is Moral Reconation Therapy?
Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) is a systematic treatment approach that seeks to decrease recidivism, or the tendency of a convicted criminal to re-offend, among juvenile and adult offenders by increasing moral reasoning. A cognitive-behavioral type of treatment approach, MRT combines elements from a variety of psychological models to address clients’ ego, moral, social, and positive behavioral growth, and research has shown that this type of therapy can increase moral reasoning in adult drug and alcohol as well as juvenile offenders. In addiction recovery treatment, MRT takes the form of individual and group counseling, and uses prescribed homework assignments and structured group exercises to address seven basic treatment issues.
Those seven basic treatments include:
- Confrontation of beliefs, behaviors, and attitudes
- Reinforcement of positive behavior and habits
- Assessment of current relationships
- Positive identity formation
- Enhancement of self-concept
- Development of higher stages of moral reasoning
- Decrease in hedonism and development of frustration tolerance
Moral Reconation Therapy is based on the theory that thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes are the primary factors that influence an individual’s behavior, and the treatment has been granted evidence-based practice status by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
How Does MRT Work?
Moral Reconation Therapy is designed specifically for treatment-resistant clients, or clients for whom traditional treatment approaches are ineffective or inappropriate. The primary goal of MRT in addiction recovery is to change how substance abusers make decisions and judgments by increasing moral reasoning, enhancing self-image, and promoting the growth of a positive identity. It helps participants progress from hedonistic thinking, which involves making decisions based on pleasure versus pain, to reasoning that takes into account social rules and concern for others.
True to the philosophy of A Forever Recovery, which involves treating the client as a whole to overcome the destructive cycle of addiction and rehabilitate the body and mind, Moral Reconation Therapy seeks to re-educate clients morally, socially and behaviorally, to increase their chances of a positive outcome. MRT participants meet in groups once or twice a week, and the whole of the MRT program can be completed in a minimum of three to six months. Research has shown that, as clients progress through the steps of MRT and their moral reasoning is increased, their recidivism rates are also decreased.
Contact A Forever Recovery for Help
In the United States, Moral Reconation Therapy is one of the most widely implemented cognitive behavior programs, and research has shown that MRT can improve addiction recovery outcomes and lower rates of recidivism among substance abuse clients by as much as 30 percent, significantly enhance their chances of long-term success. If you or someone you love is struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction, and you believe Moral Reconation Therapy can help in installing appropriate goals, values and motivation in the substance abuser, contact A Forever Recovery at our toll-free number to speak to a certified addiction recovery counselor today about the benefits of MRT.