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Revista Colombiana de Psiquiatría

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TORRES CARVAJAL, Germán Alexánder. Motivational Interviewing in Addictions. rev.colomb.psiquiatr. [online]. 2010, vol.39, suppl.1, pp.171s-187s. ISSN 0034-7450.

Introduction: In the last 15 years, Motivational Interviewing (MI) has become one of the most popular and effective methods to treat drug addictions. Its efficacy is supported by numerous investigations. Objective: To review the main theoretical characteristics of MI and clinical evidence available. Method: We reviewed the medical literature on the subject, using the Medline database. Results: MI is a patient-centered intervention, with proven effectiveness that takes advantage of the ambivalence toward a problem, and through reflective listening and some targeted interventions, achieve resolution of the ambivalence, leading to greater willingness to change the addictive behavior in the patient. Conclusions: MI is an effective tool in the management of drug addicted patients by recovering therapeutic areas and encouraging the process of change. Given its characteristics, MI could be a useful tool for the treatment of drug addicts in the Colombian context.

Keywords : Behaviour; psychological interview; drug addiction; motivation..

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