Moral reconation therapy was developed in the 1980’s for treatment of addiction among prison inmates, and is based on a theory of moral development proposed by Lawrence Kohlberg. It was so successful that it is now used widely outside correctional institutions. It is also useful for problems other than addiction such as domestic violence and anger management. It is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
“Conation” means volition, which is the will to perform an action or to act on a desire. Moral reconation therapy (MRT) teaches individuals to increase their ability to reason in the areas of morality, ego, and socialization. If you or a loved one are interested in trying this method of recovery therapy, please call Alcohol Treatment Centers Sacramento at (530) 204-5366.
For many years, the main types of recovery tools available for recovering addicts were 12-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous and later offshoots such as Narcotics Anonymous and Gamblers Anonymous. Moral reconation therapy is not related to these programs and does not operate on the same principles.
Alcoholics Anonymous, for example, teaches the recovering alcoholic that they are powerless over alcohol and must rely on a higher power for help to stay free of addiction. In contrast, MRT teaches people they are responsible for their own actions and they can achieve higher levels of moral reasoning through training.
Moral reconation therapy programs are structured around an official workbook that includes 16 units. Participants work through the units in groups that meet weekly or more frequently for up to six months. Each unit includes exercises and assignments that participants must complete.
The units deal with issues surrounding addiction, such as belief systems, behaviors, attitudes, and ways of coping with stress and frustration. The aim of the units is to help recovering addicts to develop greater understanding of themselves, how they deal with situations, and the morality of their behaviors.
MRT aims to reinforce positive beliefs and behaviors, but it is also intended to be confronting. The recovering addict is confronted with their beliefs and the consequences of their addictive behavior both for themselves and those around them.
They are taught to improve their reasoning skills, which are often poor in addicted individuals, by changing the way they think and decide on what is right and wrong. Hedonistic pleasure-seeking and anti-social beliefs and thoughts are exposed and individuals are taught to replace them with attitudes and beliefs that have much more regard for the needs of others and respect for the rules of society.
Participants are helped to step through several stages of growth from an initial often dishonest and self-absorbed level towards progressive levels that increasingly involve more ethical thoughts and actions. Each individual must pass at each level before moving on to the next.
MRT has been widely tested and found to be extremely effective. It works well for many addicted people who are resistant to other forms of treatment, but it combines well with other forms of therapy such as self-help groups and individual or group counseling.
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