There are different stages of recovery that we all must pass through in order to get to our end goal of sobriety. These five stages, from the National Institute of Health, are listed below. There are different strategies for each of the five stages. We will review the stages below and offer more information.
1. Pre-Contemplative Stage
In this first stage, the individual is not thinking about recovery at all. They are actively using a substance and do not see a need to change their behavior. They don’t know there is an issue and do not believe others when they say they have an issue. To reduce harm during this stage, there should be emergency services offered such as Narcan administration, needle exchanges, and supervised injection sites.
2. Contemplative Stage
In this second stage, the individual is more away of their using and the consequences that come from their behavior. They are actively thinking about their addiction and may think about changing, but they are not fully on board yet. To reduce harm during this stage, there should be screening and feedback such as advice, motivational interventions, and treatment referrals.
3. Preparation Stage
In this third stage, the individual is committed to changing their behavior. They look for as much information as possible so they have the best chance to change their behavior. To help the individual get the most out of this stage, there should be both clinical and non-clinical interventions, such as therapy, medications, and community support systems.
4. Action Stage
In this fourth stage, the individual believes that they can change their behavior. They are also taking steps to stop using the substance they are addicted to. They are doing their best to quit using. To help the individual get the most out of this stage, there should still be clinical and non-clinical interventions, such as therapy, medications, and community support systems.
5. Maintenance Stage
In this fifth stage, the individual is able to maintain their sobriety. They are able to avoid relapsing by avoiding temptations. Even if they are tempted, they are able to get past the trigger without using. To help the individual get the most out of this stage, there should be continuing care and monitoring such as checkups, counseling, and visits with doctors.
The stages of recovery can be difficult, but they are worth it. Arbor Behavioral Recovery wants to help you get into the maintenance stage. Call us today at (844) 413-2690. We can’t wait to speak with you and get you the help you need today!