Stages of Change

Change doesn’t happen overnight. It typically happens in stages. Prochasska and DiClemente described a model of how people change addictive behaviors – Precontemplation, Contemplation, Preparation, Action, Maintenance, Slip/Relapse/Termination.

Discussion Guidelines:

As you think about your recovery, can you identify the stages you went through?

In your recovery program, is it your intention to refrain from all substances, or just some?

Are you honest with yourself and others about your substance use?

Is there another change that you would like to make?

What stage are you in regarding this goal?

How will you handle a slip or relapse?

Supplemental Reading:

Motivation for Change: The Stages of Change Model, by Horvath, Misra, Epner, and Cooper