Thenations of the world and religions thrive on hope, the notion of abetter tomorrow. It is on this principle, a mother or a father wakesup every day early in the morning and goes to find green pastures.Today, encouragement coupled with compassionate words has been thedriving force of hope and success. No path you have walked in yourlife that lacked motivational talk be it in school, in games, or evenyour daily life. Parents are always motivating us, even when we failmany times, they never lose hope that one day we will see the sensein their kind words. It is that relationship that is founded in hopethat has been transformed into our health institution andintervention centers to help people who are struggling with problemsof addiction, to discover their way back home from the lost path ofsubstance use.

Thusthe two chapters focus on the importance of motivation in the life ofsomeone struggling with addiction. I found the theme of motivationmost compelling in the two chapters, and thus I decided to discuss itin this essay. Without motivation, whether from the patient or thephysician, the path to recovery is almost impossible.

Chapter9 emphasizes the importance of brief interventions, which mainlyfocus on promoting the patient`s motivation and rallying theirresources for change. It has been noted that brief intervention isuseful when the main obstacle to change is the client’s indecisionthan the lack of skills and resources (Miller, Forcehimes, &ampZweben, 2011). From the preceding statement, one can understand thatmotivation is used in a brief intervention to help people makerational or action decisions that are needed for one to start seekingthe path of healing.

Furthermore,motivation makes the brief intervention successful because patientswho receive it are always ready to open up to other additionaltreatment services. Studies have shown that brief interventionreduces drinking in post-partum women, and diminishes illicit druguse among patients seen in the medical clinic (Miller, Forcehimes, &ampZweben, 2011). When people seek general health care and socialservices, they are mostly hesitant to discuss their substance use.Through brief intervention, a relationship is established, whichallows these people to be open instead of being defensive. Hence, itwill be easy to help the client connect the substance abuse with theissues that make them seek medical or social health services. Thus,in chapter 9 we learn that brief intervention intends toempathetically encourage clients to take personal responsibility andfreedom choices in their lives.

Chapter10 opens in a powerful way one view that is portrayed in the firstparagraph catches my attention irrespective of the treatmentprogram, the person delivering it matters a lot (Miller, Forcehimes,&amp Zweben, 2011). This was discovered after a survey was done andit was found that some doctors had a high bounce rate of patientscompared to others, whose clients were motivated to seek treatment(Miller, Forcehimes, &amp Zweben, 2011). In this chapter, there arevarious levels of motivation for change, which a physician shouldexplore and let the client express. After finding a venue that canlead to commitment and change, the physician should help the clientmove in the same direction through motivation. The tools of thischapter are geared to be collaborative, evocative and supportive. Thephysician encourages the client’s outward drive towards change, tobe driven from within. Thus, they help clients to adopt new behaviorsby linking change with the internal motivational process, includingan enhanced sense of self, and belief that change is within theirreach (Miller, Forcehimes, &amp Zweben, 2011).


Thus,the two chapters focus on the significance of motivating patientswith addiction problems as it produces positive results towardschange. al approaches enable clients to open up to talksinstead of being on the defense and thus there is high likelihood itwill translate into more treatment ventures.


Miller,&nbspW.&nbspR.,Forcehimes,&nbspA.&nbspA., &amp Zweben,&nbspA. (2011). Treatingaddiction: A guideline for professional.Ney York, NY: Guilford Press.