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6 Stages of Recovery

Recovery is a long gradual process that may last years. Find out the six stages one must go through before they achieve full-on sobriety.

1. Pre-Contemplative


Before an individual start undergoing change towards recovery, they are in the pre-contemplative stage. The first stage of addiction recovery is when one lacks awareness of their behaviors to be an issue, yet other people around them may have noticed potential problems that may arise from it.

2. Contemplation


During this stage, individuals have accumulated a number of feedback and negative consequences from people in their lives. Now, they begin to realize that some problmes are related to substance use. However, not all contemplators fully commit to change which can go on for years. Either they move on to the next stage or revert back to pre-contemplation.

3. Preparation


When a person is now committed and ready to take action. This part of the recovery process means you are checking all possible recovery programs you can take. Meeting a healthcare professional to assess and determine options for a long-term treatment plan is a part of the preparation phase.

4. Action


The process in which concrete steps towards recovery starts at this stage. For a majority of people, recovery begins by moving to a treatment center or rehabilitation facility. The treatment approaches may include clinical interventions like medications, individual and group therapy, and other activities that help promote holistic wellness and bolstering recovery. The action stage typically takes the most effort as individuals are forced to look inward and be introspective in their lives.

5. Maintenance


There is still a possiblity that a person can revert back to addiction despite completing the four other stages. That is why the maintenance stage is crucial as a relapse may still occur because addicition is a chronic disease that can never be cured, only treated. Maintaining sobriety by staying involved in sober communities can help. Establishing a daily routine and practicing dealing with triggers are some coping strategies that recovery addicts can apply.

6. Termination


When a person with substance disorder no longer feels threatened by their substance of choice, means they have reached the ultimate goal. At this point of their lives, they feel confident and comfortable living life without substances and the fear of relapse is less and less everyday.

Recovery does not happen right away. It's a gradual process that is typical divided into six stages: Pre-Contemplation, Contemeplation, Preparation, Action, Maintenance and Termination. Take the necessary steps and know what to expect to get yourself in the mindset for recovery by going through these stages confidently. It's not an easy battle, so celebrate little wins and believe that life of sobriety is possible.

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