Using drugs and alcohol is always much more complicated than simply wanting to feel good. When examined closely, there are always particular patterns of thinking that fuel this behavior. Motivational Enhancement Therapy is based upon the fact that we all experience certain mixed feelings about making changes in our lives. We actually typically go through various stages of change, but only do so when we recognize that whatever we’re doing is creating more negatives than positives. Motivational Enhancement Therapy involves helping the individual recognize these mixed feelings and to clarify one’s thinking about these feelings. In the process, the individual appreciates in a non-judgmental atmosphere how the choices he/she has been making are undermining his/her goals. This leads to real change that the individual feels is coming from within rather than being imposed by the outside.