For several years I have been facilitating Motivation for Recovery groups, taking notes and noticing the patterns that emerge. I always begin the group by asking "What's your motivation for recovery?" The other day I had a large group and asked the question. Here are their answers:
"What is your motivation for recovery?"
- To use my gifts to help others
- I'm tired of hurting my family and friends
- I want to put recovery first in my life
- Have a career
- Go to college
- I don't want to live under a bridge
- Have a home
- Get my family back
- Have a normal life without having to use
- Don't want to keep ending up in treatment
- Be able to survive on my own
- Not have to depend on others
- Make my family proud
- Straighten my life up
- Change my future
- Get everything back that I lost
- Take pride in myself
- Be a better man
- Be a functioning member of society
- Stay out of prison
- Keep my freedom
- To be employed
- Be there for my grandkids
- Have a more productive life
- Strengthen my relationships with my loved ones
- To do better in life
- Stop wasting my potential
- Start a business
In positive psychology there is something called wellbeing theory, which has 5 parts:
- Experiencing positive emotions
- Developing healthy relationships
- Engagement in the community
- Discovering meaning in life
- Accomplishing goals
Can you see the pattern?
People's motivation for recovery and the principles of positive psychology are an amazing match!
That's why I combine cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and positive psychology into a powerful system of motivating and inspiring my clients for change.
One way I do this is by facilitating groups using the Motivation for Recovery group curriculum. Clients love it and I experience positive and uplifting groups every time.
If you would like to facilitate positive psychology groups with your substance use clients, I recommend checking out the Motivation for Recovery curriculum.
Feel free to contact me if you would like additional information.