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Stages of Change during Addiction Recovery

Addiction recovery has many different levels, and as a patient looks to end his addiction, he is bound to experience a wide variety of emotions that can bring on different stages of recovery. Going through both the negative and positive parts of recovery can yield highly successful results that will allow the user to continue on towards sobriety. The progress towards sobriety involves the following:

  • Pre-contemplation: This is the first stage of addiction recovery. The user does not feel he has a problem, nor does he think his behaviors are unacceptable. This beginning phase is often times the most difficult for the user and the people around him. When there is an obvious problem going untreated, it can weigh heavily on loved ones.
  • Contemplation: This stage often acts as a breaking point for a user. The user begins to notice that he has a problem with substance abuse. They are generally unsure if they want to get help or not, and try to rationalize their problem.
  • Preparation: After experiencing the first two stages of recovery where both denial and acceptance should occur, a user who eventually seeks treatment recovery will begin to prepare himself for the next big step – action. He will contemplate the kinds of treatment that might best fit him and begin to prepare himself mentally and emotionally for rehab.
  • Action: The fourth stage in addiction recovery is the one that will have friends and family on their feet and celebrating. In the action stage, a user accepts treatment and begins the process of rehabilitation. This is where addictive behaviors will begin to be treated and the user can work on a full and sober recovery.
  • Maintenance: Going through rehab, learning new coping skills, and coming full-circle to sobriety is an amazing accomplishment; however that newly learned lifestyle needs to be maintained. By adapting coping skills to a new life, a user can manage temptations in sober life.
  • Relapse: Not everyone experiences relapse; however, many do. This stage occurs when a user becomes tempted to use once again. Any and all reminders of the user’s past drug use can act as a trigger, convincing them to use again.

All stages of addiction recovery bring on different variations of emotions and actions for each user; however, every recovering addict goes through this general process on the journey to sobriety. Addiction recovery has never been known to be easy, and stages like these show the challenge that it can present. Through a positive attitude, determination, and the strength to continue sobriety, users can expect success during and after their recovery treatment.

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