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Moral reconation therapy (MRT) is an approach to substance abuse recovery that focuses on a person’s decision making and helping that person develop a positive sense of self-identity to achieve long-lasting sobriety. Dr. Gregory Little and Dr. Kenneth Robinson developed MRT in 1985. The word “reconation” in the therapy stands for the potential to make positive conscious decisions.
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The goals of MRT are to enhance a person’s moral reasoning, improve his or her decision-making skills and developing appropriate behaviors. The therapy has 16 steps that focus around seven treatment issues, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):
The therapy involves attending individual and group counseling sessions that last anywhere from 1.5 to 2 hours a session. The therapy typically lasts anywhere from three to six months. The therapy is especially recommended for adults ages 18 to 55.
Participants in MRT participate in exercises and education sessions to help increase a person’s “moral reasoning” abilities. Poor moral reasoning is associated with greater risks for drug and alcohol abuse. A person may have a person sense of “right” and “wrong,” yet the decisions he or she makes is harming that person and others.
MRT is applied at a number of facility types across the country. The therapy is especially applicable to those who may have been resistant to treatment in the past and have difficulty acknowledging the severity and depth of a person’s addiction.
MRT focuses on a person taking responsibility for his or her actions by assessing a person’s current patterns of living and decision-making. The therapy also emphasizes the importance of realizing that rules and legal system are important to follow and enhance the person’s contributions to society as a whole.
This therapy also emphasizes setting goals and establishing behaviors that are aligned with the goals. A person must make a firm commitment to being the best person possible. Examples of concepts and changes associated with MRT include:
These changes in behavior and attitudes do not happen overnight, but they can happen.
Enhanced decision-making skills can benefit a wide variety of substance abusers in recovery. In addition to overcoming drug abuse, MRT can teach a person how to re-integrate into a society in a more positive manner following rehabilitation.
The therapy also provides much-needed support from counselors and group members, letting a person know that he or she is not alone in pursuing sobriety.
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