Misperception 5: You Need To Be Broken

In this video, we will discuss why confrontation, the use of scare tactics, and trying to force someone into treatment or help may actually cause a rebound effect.

There are numerous studies on Motivational Interviewing as a way to help motivate and elicit change in an addicted individual. One such study can be found here.

For more information, check out the references here:

Cutler & Fishbain (2005). Are alcoholism treatments effective? The Project MATCH data

Miller WR, Sovereign RG. The check-up: A model for early intervention in addictive behaviors.

Løberg T, Miller WR, Nathan PE, Marlatt GA, editors. Addictive behaviors: Prevention and early intervention. Amsterdam: Swets & Zeitlinger; 1989. pp. 219–231.

Miller WR, Taylor CA, West JC. Focused versus broad spectrum behavior therapy for problem drinkers. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. 1980; 48: 590–601.

Comments On A.A. Triennial Surveys. Alcoholics Anonymous World Services. December 1990.

Miller, W.R. and Rollnick, S. Motivational Interviewing: Preparing People to Change, 2nd ed. NY: Guilford Press, 2002.


Think about all the reasons why you may want to quit and what motivates you to quit.

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