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Motivational interviewing is a kind of counseling that encourages behavior change by helping a person resolve mixed feelings.
A counselor helps a person explore his or her mixed feelings about quitting a harmful behavior, such as drug or alcohol abuse. The person is encouraged to find personal motivation to change the behavior.
Last Revised: January 18, 2012
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Peter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction
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