The Stages of Change model, also known as the Transtheoretical Model, is used widely in addiction treatment to help understand and guide individuals through the process of change. The model consists of the following stages:
- Precontemplation: Individuals in this stage are not yet considering change and may be unaware that their behavior is problematic. They may be resistant to recognizing or discussing their issues.
- Contemplation: At this stage, individuals are aware of the need for change and begin to think seriously about it. They understand the pros and cons of their behavior and may contemplate the effects on their health, relationships, and other aspects of life.
- Preparation: People in the preparation stage are planning to make a change in the near future. They may take small steps towards change, such as seeking information about treatment or support.
- Action: During the action stage, individuals have made recent changes in their behavior, experiences, or environment in order to overcome their problems. They actively engage in treatment, make lifestyle changes, and work to avoid triggers.
- Maintenance: This stage involves continuing the gains made during the action stage. Individuals work to sustain their new healthy behaviors and avoid relapse.
- Termination: The termination stage is reached when individuals no longer feel threatened by their addiction and have complete confidence that they can cope without fear of relapse. However, many treatment professionals consider addiction to be a lifelong condition that requires ongoing attention; therefore, not all models include this stage.
Relapse: Although not formally one of the stages, relapse is often included when discussing the stages of change as it is a common occurrence in the recovery process. Relapse can happen at any point and is considered an opportunity to learn and reassess one’s approach to recovery.
It’s important to recognize that the process of Recovery is not always linear, and individuals may move back and forth between stages or revisit certain stages multiple times before achieving sustained change. Each stage requires different strategies for effective intervention and support.
At Vero Beach Recovery Center, we feel our Outpatient Programs fit the majority of those individuals struggling with Substance Abuse and Co-occurring Mental Health Disorders. It’s important to be aware of the various treatment options at your disposal and to understand which ones may be most effective for you. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, contact us today at (772) 584-3083.