M.A.T. Program Treatment Objectives

M.A.T. Program Treatment Objectives


The goals of M.A.T. addiction recovery program are to:

  • Immediately interrupt the progression of the disease through abstinence from alcohol and mind/mood-altering drugs. Stopping the drug and alcohol use is the first step toward a recovered life.
  • Educate both the patient and family about the natural history of the disease and the consequences of not treating the disease. Addiction is not a moral shortcoming or series of bad choices, through education clients and families appreciate the need for treatment and are open to rehab.
  • Provide a framework for each patient to apply this addiction recovery education to his or her own personal history of alcohol and/or drug use. We do more than talk about recovery; we are experienced in a variety of treatment models that provide lasting results.
  • Teach new coping skills and the tools necessary to change thinking and behavior, allowing the patient to meet life’s challenges without returning to the use of alcohol and/or drugs. Facilitating whole individual healing and growth is important for relapse prevention.
  • Provide hope and optimism for the patient and family so that the patient can maintain a sober, responsible and productive life as a contributing member of his or her family and community. There is life after addiction and it is our goal to help individuals and families achieve a sober life.

In order to achieve our objectives, we utilize Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered, and Cognitive Behavioral therapeutic approaches.

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a goal-oriented, client-centered counseling style that enhances motivation by helping people clarify and resolve their ambivalence about behavior change. MI is directive because the counselor shapes the process and seeks to accomplish specific goals. MI is also client-centered because it encourages people to talk about their concerns and make their own plans to change. Beginning with the assumption that the responsibility and capability for change lie within the client, this type of counseling helps enhance the client’s motivation for and commitment to change. Ambivalence, a normal stage in the change process, is defined as the experience of a client feeling two ways about change: both wanting it and resisting it. It often can be resolved if the client feels understood, in which case both parts of the patient’s ambivalence are validated. Thus, the MI approach addresses ambivalence as a fundamental component of the change process.


Person-Centered Therapy, or Rogerian Therapy, helps create a productive, empathic environment for clients to investigate and find answers to their recovery with guidance from their counselor. This type of therapy is different from many other forms of therapy because it allows the client to direct the process. The therapist contributes to sessions by providing feedback, encouragement, and support, and by helping the client achieve self-discovery. Person-Centered therapy encourages the client to become more empowered to recover, taking charge of his or her emotions and decisions along the way, as they piece together a clearer picture of changes that need to be made.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) fosters motivation for abstinence. CBT methods such as functional analysis, which clarifies what the client stands to lose or gain by using substances, can enhance the client’s motivation to stop use. The core of CBT is to help clients recognize the high-risk situations in which they are most likely to use substances and to develop other, more effective, means to cope. This type of therapy also focuses on identifying and reducing habits associated with drug use by substituting positive activities and rewards. Finally, CBT fosters management of painful feelings by helping the client recognize and cope with urges to use substances and learn to tolerate other strong feelings such as depression and anger..