One of the most powerful components of recovery is deciding what you want for yourself. If you go to rehab or therapy but aren’t sure why you’re there or aren’t in an emotional space to really commit to your recovery, then it is in your best interest to be aware of your commitment to sobriety and your decision to make changes in your life. Making solid decisions about your life is also stating that you aren’t a victim, and you are empowered and can take charge of your own life.
A helpful way to understand the stages that it takes to make and commit to the decision to become and stay sober in your life is the Transtheoretical Model of Change. The first stage is precontemplation, the second stage is contemplation, the third stage is preparation, the fourth is action, the fifth is maintenance and the sixth is termination. During the precontemplation stage the individual has no intention of taking action for change in the foreseeable future (at least the next 6 months) and do not see their behavior as problematic. Individuals in this stage tend to focus too much on the cons of changing behavior and too little on the pros of changing their behavior.
In the second stage of contemplation, someone wants to make a healthy behavior change in the next six months and have some understanding that their behavior is problematic but aren’t fully committed yet to change. In the third stage of preparation, people are ready to take action within a month and understand that behavior change will positively impact their life. In the fourth stage of action, people have recently changed their behavior and intend to maintain their behavior change. The fifth stage of maintenance is where individuals have maintained their behavior change for at least 6 months. In the last stage of termination, the individual has no intention of returning to the old behavior. However, most individuals only reach maintenance stage and is considered a successful stage to reach in addiction recovery.
Wherever you are in your stage of recovery, you can always move forward! In each stage, life will improve more and more and you’ll feel better and better. Change can seem scary and be difficult but is often necessary for a better life. Through support at Silver Lining Recovery and in rehabilitation services it’s possible to work through the fear of change and work towards a new, healthier direction.
At Silver Lining Recovery, we will provide you with a holistic treatment program tailored to your unique needs. Our team of dedicated mental health professionals will walk with you as you take the first steps in recovery. We want you to feel confident in yourself and your sobriety inside the facility and, after completion of the program, in your social and professional spheres. If you’re interested in joining our recovery community, please call us today at (866) 448-4563 for a consultation.