Prochaska & DiClemente developed a stages of change model that identifies 5 progressive stages of change as they specifically apply to overcoming addictions.
- The stage where the inpidual is not contemplating changing any of their addictive behaviors. This stage is often also identified with continuing denial that a problem exists at all.
- The stage of beginning awareness that change is necessary and desirable without any actions to do so yet.
- The stage of deciding to commit to make changes in the near future. It is during this stage that supplying recovery and treatment information to the addict is often very beneficial.
- Stage is where the change in the behavior actually begins to occur. It is here that the addict actually stops drinking and using instead of simply talking about doing so.
- Stage where the change initiated in the action stage continues such that the person continues to remain clean and sober. It is at this stage that relapse prevention methods and programs becomes very important to continued recovery.
Rick Murphy, M.A.