Motivation for change and alcoholism treatment

Alcohol Res Health. 1999;23(2):86-92.


Motivation plays an important role in alcoholism treatment by influencing patients to seek, complete, and comply with treatment as well as make successful long-term changes in their drinking. Both alcohol-abusing and alcohol-dependent people can be classified into different "stages of change" in terms of their readiness to alter their drinking behavior. Consequently, researchers have had to consider more seriously the role of motivation in the treatment of and recovery from substance abuse and to incorporate motivational enhancement strategies into treatment programs.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alcoholism / psychology*
  • Alcoholism / therapy
  • Behavior Therapy / methods*
  • Behavior, Addictive / psychology*
  • Behavior, Addictive / therapy
  • Humans
  • Motivation*