Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) Therapy
Addiction is a disease that impacts people from all walks of life. For example, the owner of a billion-dollar business can experience a heroin addiction just as easily as someone living on the streets can. This disease does not discriminate, nor does it mean that the people who experience it are “bad” people. Many people still think of addiction as a choice. As a result, addiction is not free from stigma. When people experience addiction, it is much harder to overcome the challenges associated with it. A common example of this is individuals facing criminal charges and/or who is serving out a sentence for one or more criminal acts. MRT therapy is beneficial for individuals who struggle with utilizing moral reasoning.
Who Benefits Most From MRT Therapy?
It is extremely common for individuals in the criminal justice system to struggle with morality. However, this does not apply to all criminal offenders. Those who do grapple between what is right and what is wrong can require a more specific approach to addiction treatment, such as MRT therapy.
Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) is traditionally most beneficial to criminal offenders who are looking to maintain their sobriety. The goal of this type of therapy is to utilize moral reasoning to reduce recidivism rates amongst this population. Since many criminal offenders struggle with deciphering between right and wrong, this approach is proven highly effective in helping them reshape their moral identity. In addition, it supports recovery from substance use disorders and other issues, such as trauma and abuse.
What is MRT Therapy?
MRT is a form of therapy that is conducted in either an individual or group setting. Participants meet at least once per week to participate in therapy that involves homework, group exercises, and utilization of an MRT workbook. MRT is rooted in 16 different steps that focus on seven basic treatment issues. According to the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), these seven issues are:
- A confrontation of beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors
- Assessment of current relationships
- Reinforcement of positive behavior and habits
- Positive identity formation
- Enhancement of self-concept
- A decrease in hedonism and development of frustration tolerance
- Development of higher stages of moral reasoning
Individuals in the criminal justice system who are struggling with drug addiction, alcoholism, or another kind of substance abuse are ideal candidates for MRT therapy. MRT works to adjust thinking patterns and behaviors tied to criminal and addictive behaviors.
What Are The Benefits of MRT?
Whether you are dealing with alcoholism, drug addiction, or any other type of substance abuse while you are incarcerated, on probation, etc., you don’t need to give up hope. MRT can help you shape your positive recovery by:
- Getting to the root of the behaviors and beliefs that keep you continually using and committing crimes
- Building up a positive sense of self-esteem and self-worth
- Learning how to manage frustration, stress, and any other dissatisfactory emotions
- Enhancing your understanding of moral reasoning and showing you how to improve your personal morality
Your participation in MRT is not just beneficial to you, as it is also beneficial to your friends, family, loved ones, and even the general public. There is no doubt that when some people are released from the criminal justice system, they go back to their addictive and/or criminal tendencies. All the time spent in jail or prison is erased when this happens. However, if you participate in MRT, you can help continue to reduce rates of recidivism. This ultimately allows for positive personal development and a safer community.
How Effective is MRT?
While there is no real new research proving how effective MRT is in today’s current world, there is research from 2005 that proves just how effective this therapeutic approach is.
Studies show that recidivism rates decreased by two-thirds between six months to two years in clients. This is a major success. After all, MRT was developed to help treat those individuals most resistant to treatment.
MRT remains one of the most common forms of therapy available in jails and prisons in the country due to its effectiveness. Consequently, there are notable changes in criminal offenders after participating in this specific therapy.
Do You Need Help?
Drug addiction, alcoholism, and substance abuse are extremely challenging issues to deal with, especially if you are experiencing other serious issues at the same time. At A Forever Recovery, we know just how many people addiction can impact, including those who have served time or who are about to serve time. If you are struggling in the Battle Creek, Michigan area, don’t hesitate to reach out and ask for help. We are here to guide you towards a life that is free from repeated jail time and continued substance abuse.