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Moral Reconation Therapy in Seattle (206) 777-4098

Moral reconation therapy (MRT) is a treatment strategy that aims to increase moral reasoning. Moral reconation therapy has increasingly been applied, with success, in cases of substance abuse. The goal of moral reconation therapy is to use psychological tools to encourage positive behavioral growth and social responsibility. Common components of MRT include reinforcement of positive behavior, positive identity formation, and development of frustration tolerance. Call Alcohol Treatment Centers Seattle today at (206) 777-4098

Overview of Moral Reconation Therapy

MRT involves the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy and other psychological techniques to address ego, social, and moral behavioral reasoning. Both group therapy and individual counseling are used in structured exercises to address 12 steps of treatment. The 16 steps of treatment focus on the seven basic treatment issues:

  • Confrontation of beliefs and attitudes
  • Assessment of current relationships
  • Reinforcement of positive behavior
  • Positive identity formation
  • Enhancement of self-concept
  • Frustration tolerance
  • Development of higher stages of moral reasoning.

Common uses of MRT include spiritual growth, anger management, parenting, and job readiness training. MRT has been implemented in more than 45 states in the United States, as well as in Australia, Canada, and Bermuda. Roughly 1 million individuals have been involved in MRT programs. MRT has been successful in a number of settings. A twenty-year study of MRT indicates that it reduces relapse by more than 20%. Studies from Riker’s Island in New York suggest that MRT can reduce substance abuse by 20-30%.

How Drug Treatment Centers Use Moral Reconation Therapy

MRT has found application in a number of settings that range from better parenting to improved job performance. This broad application is possible because MRT techniques focus on personal responsibility and it applies to behavior. In the case of addiction, MRT would focus beliefs and attitudes as they apply to the consequences of substance use, on the assessment of the impact of addiction on relationships as well as the impact of relationships on addiction, and so forth.

Addicts would be encouraged to form positive identities that aren’t dependent on their substance use and to find ways of dealing with stresses that lead to substance use. With its focus on positive self-worth and honest assessment of all aspects of an individual’s life, MRT can help addicts to develop a solid moral grounding on which to build their abstinence.

Steps of MRT

Like Alcoholics Anonymous, MRT is built on a 12-step model. It begins with recognition, on the part of the addict, that a problem exists. Here are the 12 steps in outline.

  • Individuals admit that they are the source of problems in their own lives and that they can take control of that.
  • Individuals choose to trust themselves and their ability to succeed in the MRT program.
  • Participants attempt to understand how beliefs can get in the way of happiness and how flexibility can improve their coping.
  • Individuals make a full assessment of their lives and attempt to become totally aware of what makes up their lives.
  • Participants assess the relationships in their lives and both the injury those relationships may cause as well as the injury individuals cause to relationships.
  • Participants begin to help others, particularly those with nothing to give in return.
  • Participants set goals and act to achieve them.
  • Individuals give up the need to always be right about the world and the way it should be.
  • Participants learn how to concede mistakes without conceding failure.
  • Efforts are made to address negative, unethical attitudes and to eliminate them.
  • Participants deepen their dedication to ethical behavior by becoming more involved with others.
  • Participants reassess their life’s master plan in order to continue improving as people.

Why MRT Benefits a Wide Range of Addicts

The benefit of MRT arises from its focus on individual control of addiction. Addicts who progress through the steps learn to take control of their own lives, to turn their thoughts toward introspection, and to place responsibility for success in life on their own shoulders rather than projecting it onto the world. In short, participants learn how to become masters of their own destinies. Studies show that the further one progresses in the 12-steps of MRT, the more successful he/she will be during relapse prevention.

Learn how MRT and other therapies can help you overcome an addiction. Speak with the experts at Alcohol Treatment Centers Seattle at (206) 777-4098.

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