Stages of Addiction and Stages of Recovery

Many people experiment with substances and never progress through the stages to addiction. But some do. There are predictable stages of both addiction and recovery. The stages of addiction are drug experimentation; social drug use; problem and/or risky use; addiction and dependency. The stages of recovery are awareness of a  problem; consideration of a negative impact to self or others; exploring recovery options; early recovery of developing new skills; sustained recovery; maintenance to avoid relapse.

Discussion Guide:

Can you identify the stages you went through?

Why did you continue through the stages of drug use to the point of addiction?

What stage of recovery are you in?

What is your next recovery task?

Supplemental Reading:

Stages of Addiction, by Discovery Place

The 5 Stages of Addiction Recovery, by CRC Health Group