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Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)

Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) is a systematic treatment approach that seeks to decrease recidivism, or the tendency of a convicted criminal to re-offend, among juvenile and adult offenders by increasing moral reasoning. A cognitive-behavioral type of treatment approach, MRT combines elements from a variety of psychological models to address clients’ ego, moral, social, and positive behavioral growth, and research has shown that this type of therapy can increase moral reasoning in adult drug and alcohol as well as juvenile offenders. In addiction recovery treatment, MRT takes the form of individual and group counseling, and uses prescribed homework assignments and structured group exercises to address seven basic treatment issues:

  1.  Confrontation of beliefs, behaviors, and attitudes

  2.  Reinforcement of positive behavior and habits

  3.  Assessment of current relationships

  4.  Positive identity formation

  5.  Enhancement of self-concept

  6.  Development of higher stages of moral reasoning

  7.  Decrease in hedonism and development of frustration tolerance


Moral Reconation Therapy is based on the theory that thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes are the primary factors that influence an individual’s behavior, and the treatment has been granted evidence-based practice status by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

MRT is a 15-step program. Steps 1-12 are completed in group and only 1 step is allowed to be completed per meeting. Due to the strict rules of completing the steps, there are instances where a step will need to be re-done and presented at the next group meeting. A member of the MRT groups graduates after step 12 and the other 3 steps are completed on their own. 

There are some people who follow the rules and their commitments precisely and are able to complete in 12 sessions however some do not. Our pricing is set up so that if you pay up front you will be given 2 meetings at no charge to use in case you need to re-do a step or if you have an unexcused absence. 

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