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
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:
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%.
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.
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.
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.
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