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The transformative power of Interactive Journaling

Joanne Chadaris

At the heart of Psynergy’s dual recovery program for mental illness and substance use lies The Change Companies’ MEE Interactive Journaling®, a precise and focused writing process that employs evidence-based practices to help clients navigate pathways toward positive transformation and meaningful change.

Interactive Journaling uses the inherent benefits of self-reflection, expression of emotions, empowerment, goal-setting, enhanced communication, catharsis, problem solving, stress reduction, record keeping, creativity, and positive habits. This innovative program has become a foundational pillar of Psynergy’s Integrated Treatment Model, catering to clients struggling with both mental health and substance use disorders.

Psynergy Programs subscribes to the MEE (Motivational-Educational-Experiential) Interactive Journaling Series for its remarkable evidence-based model that consistently yields impactful outcomes.

Joanne Chadaris, the lead clinician in Psynergy's pursuit of dual recovery from substance use disorders, witnessed the potency of Interactive Journaling with adolescent populations elsewhere. Impressed by the transformative feedback, Chadaris brought her energy and experience to help implement this innovative approach to recovery at Psynergy.

In an era where treatment options can be overwhelming, Chadaris emphasizes the need for evidence-based practices. "Effective treatment," she says, "is the foundation of lasting change.”  The MEE Interactive Journaling Series stands out as an example of this principle, combining expressive writing, motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and the transtheoretical model of behavior change to form a dynamic tapestry of support.

A simple format characterizes the Interactive Journaling workbooks. Designed with accessibility in mind, the content maintains appropriate reading levels to ensure comprehension by a diverse range of participants, including those with literacy challenges. Each page's layout includes three critical components: the first portion conveys concepts, the second contains illustrations, and the third invites the participant to respond. For those unable to write, verbal expression is an alternative avenue of participation, in both group and one-on-one settings.

Chadaris attests to Interactive Journaling's remarkable efficacy. By inspiring authentic change that comes from within, she underscores how this process stands out in contrast to other methods rooted in external pressures.

“The purpose of Interactive Journaling is to empower and increase clients’ insight into their own behaviors and motivations,” says Chadaris. ”Real change occurs when a client feels inspired to take control of his or her own life, which is the philosophy behind the MEE Interactive Journaling Series. Our clients are taught that positive change comes from within. When they engage in a process of committed self-change, utilizing the proven strategies taught throughout the Interactive Journaling Series, clients gain greater confidence in their ability to make lasting positive changes and achieve greater meaning and purpose in their lives.”

For clients, the journals are a unique history mirroring personal growth. In their entirety, the journals become a blueprint for success, a comprehensive guide to self-understanding. The personal revelations expressed in these journals are deeply valued by clients, and are a testament to the dedication of Psynergy’s clinical teams.

If you are intrigued by the possibilities of Interactive Journaling at Psynergy, we invite you meet our Multidisciplinary Treatment Team to hear first-hand stories of recovery.