Evidence indicates that controlled drinking is an effective approach that reduces the physical harms associated with regular alcohol use. While the approach continues to be particularly controversial, a wide spectrum of treatment options should remain available to meet individual needs.
Motivational Interviewing (MI) revolutionized clinical perspectives on addiction. The paradigm acknowledges the inherent power of the individual, dropping the concept of, 'personal defects,' and addictive personalities. Instead, MI techniques are designed to assess readiness for change, while empowering motivation through a stepwise therapeutic approach.
Motivational Interviewing is a counselling approach commonly used in the field of Addictions Psychology. Motivational Interviewing is designed to assess readiness for change by meeting individuals where they are at in their change journey, while exploring ambivalence.
The therapeutic relationship is complicated. I have been on both sides of the counselling scenario (as both a client and psychotherapist). These are two entirely different points of view. As challenging as the task might be, I want to address both perspectives in this, “tell all” confessional.
When considering the widespread opioid overdose crisis occurring throughout North America, it is clear we are not doing enough to manage the devastating consequences. On both sides of the Canadian – American border, overdose leading to death is on the rise. British Columbia saw more than 1400 people die in 2017 alone. In 2020, the crisis has not abated.