Moral Reconation Therapy

Developed in the mid-1980s by Gregory Little, Ed.D., and Kenneth Robinson, Ed.D, Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) is a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) approach used for addiction treatment. and other areas. Moral Reconation Therapy is used effectively for people with substance abuse problems, as well as those with needing anger management assistance.

The Moral Reconation Therapy counseling program combines education, group and individual counseling, and structured exercises using workbooks, all for a common goal - to increase the level moral development. Typically, an abusers' judgments about right and wrong are made from low levels of moral reasoning. Other methods of counseling, job training and punishment have little effect to no effect on their behavior. MRT says abusers must be confronted with the negative consequences of their behavior, its effects and how addiction impacts family, friends and community.

Poor moral reasoning is commonly seen in people with addiction. MRT positively addresses an individual's ego, social, moral, and positive behavioral growth to increase moral reasoning.

Steps in MRT

MRT uses objectively defined steps focusing on seven basic treatment issues:

. Confrontation of existing beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors leading to destructive effects

. Assessing the effects of current relationships

. Behaving constructively and developing good habits for continuing constructive decisions

. Developing a confident identity

. Cultivating a positive self-concept

. Lessening self-gratification and increasing a tolerant attitude

. Using increasing, higher moral reasoning to develop changes in decision-making

Benefits of MRT

Studies of MRT attendees from rehab centers show addicts participating in MRT improve levels of reasoned and thoughtful decisions reflecting socially-centered values and goals. Research also shows these benefits last for at least ten years after treatment, making MRT one the best approaches for maintaining sobriety.

If you are interested in receiving Moral Reconation Therapy or if you think a loved one could benefit, alcohol treatment centers in Madison can help you find a place. Call today to learn more.

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