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Do you have a substance use disorder that has caused you to become a repeat offender for criminal behavior? Coalition Recovery has a Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) program that can help you better understand the long-term consequences of substance abuse to yourself and others. Juvenile and adult criminal offenders have used this approach, which derives from cognitive-behavioral therapy, to address the moral, social, and ego-related factors that result in negative behavior, including drug abuse.

What Moral Reconation Therapy?woman gets reconation therapy

MRT is an evidence-based therapy that involves individual and group counseling. During this effective addiction therapy, clients work through exercises and receive homework for future sessions. When you participate in Moral Reconation Therapy, you maintain a workbook in which you progress through 16 steps that help you overcome the following issues:

  • Confrontation of attitudes and behaviors
  • Assessment of your friends and other relationships
  • Forming a positive self-identity
  • Finding a way to reinforce positive habits
  • Decreasing self-destructive behavior
  • Learning tolerance
  • Developing your moral reasoning capacity

Typically, you’ll work on the exercises on your own between group meetings. Group meetings may meet once or twice a week. MRT can help you make smart decisions that lead you further and further away from drug and alcohol addiction. As part of the cognitive-behavioral therapy approach, moral recognition has become more common in most states, including Florida.

If you need assistance learning to make the right decisions when it comes to negative behavior, MRT may help.

How Does Moral Reconation Therapy Work?

If you and your therapist decide that MRT can help you overcome drug and alcohol addiction, you take part in private and group therapy sessions to work through the steps. While you work hard to achieve the goals laid out above, you come face to face with your current attitude and behavior. Consequently, MRT forces you to face sure negative behavior and develop a healthier self-concept.

By examining your current relationships, you could take a hard look at friends and family members that contribute to your addiction. Some people may trigger feelings of frustration and anger that tempt you to return to substance abuse. Others may represent a positive influence in your life. As part of your therapy, you learn to decrease self-destructive behavior, which may include cutting loose friends that still abuse alcohol and drugs.

MRT and other CBT approaches help you build a positive self-image and build your own constructs of moral reasoning.

Here are other approaches that may contribute to your success in recovery:

At Coalition Recovery, we have many options for clients to incorporate into their personalized recovery plans.

Who Can Use MRT Successfully?

Moral Reconation Therapy can be especially helpful for the following groups of people with substance use disorders:

  • Those involved in the judicial system
  • Trauma survivors
  • Veterans

This therapy targets men and women with a criminal background. Therefore, if you have not spent time in a correctional facility, we recommend starting with CBT. If you do have a history of criminal behavior, MRT can help you make better decisions based on moral reasoning and personal growth.

If you have mental health disorders as well as substance use disorders, consider our dual diagnosis program.

Moral Reconation Therapy in Tampa Bay

If you’re ready to look beyond immediate gratification, MRT and CBT can help you develop a greater sense of moral reasoning. This works especially well with juvenile offenders. Evidence-based therapy programs such as MRT have a proven track record of helping our clients achieve and maintain a positive attitude. Contact us at 888.707.2873, or contact us online today to learn more about our addiction therapy programs in Tampa Bay