Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) is a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for substance abuse treatment. MRT was developed in 1985 by Gregory Little, Ed.D., and Kenneth Robinson, Ed.D. Moral Reconation Therapy is used effectively for people with substance abuse and addiction problems, as well as those with anger issues.On MRT
Moral Reconation Therapy is a counseling program combining education, group and individual counseling, and structured exercises. These points focus on the goal to cultivate moral development. The basis is - while an abusers' judgments about right and wrong are made from low levels of moral reasoning - counseling, job training and punishment will have little effect on their behavior. Abusers must be confronted with the negative consequences of their behavior and the effects addiction has on their family, friends and society. Poor moral reasoning is commonly seen in addicts and abusers of substances. Moral Reconation Therapy positively addresses an individual's ego, social, moral, and positive behavioral growth.
MRT uses 12-16 objectively defined steps, which focus on seven basic treatment issues:
. Confrontation of existing beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors leading to destructive effects
. Assessing the effects of current relationships
. Behaving constructively and developing good habits for continuing constructive decisions
. Developing a confident identity
. Cultivating a positive self-concept
. Lessening self-gratification and increasing a tolerant attitude
. Using increasing, higher moral reasoning to develop changes in decision-making
Individual and groups sessions are held. Groups meet once or twice each week and the length of MRT lasts from three to six months.
Studies of those attending MRT at rehab centers show addicts participating in MRT improve in making reasoned and thoughtful decisions reflecting their values and goals. Research also shows these benefits persist for a minimum of ten years after treatment, suggesting MRT is one the best approaches for maintaining a sober life.