Motivation indicates goals What They Want: Motivation and Treatment Choice in Non-treatment-Seeking Substance Abusers

Although a variety of therapies exist for the treatment of substance use disorders, little emphasis is placed on allowing individuals to choose their own treatment trajectories. Considering the preference of a person for the type of substance abuse treatment; he or she would want to be made to feel important and in allowing the person to feel autonomous, which may impact the overall motivation for substance abuse behavior change.

The investigators assessed 51 country detention facility inmates recently arrested on drug-related or alcohol-related charges, examining the motivational factors and treatment preference when presented with 2 hypothetical treatments.

The findings showed that the group was relatively evenly split in terms of the percent choosing each treatment.

Furthermore, individuals who reported preferring an abstinence-based philosophy of treatment had higher levels of readiness to change than those choosing a harm reduction philosophy.

The results of this study have implications for developing brief interventions that could help facilitate the entry of motivated substance users into 12-step groups.

Peavy, Katherine Michelle PhD; Cochran, Bryan N. PhD; Wax, John BA. Addictive Disorders & Their Treatment: December 2010 – Volume 9 – Issue 4 – p 150–157. What They Want: Motivation and Treatment Choice in Non-treatment-Seeking Substance Abusers

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