What Are The 5 Stages Of Recovery?

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What Are The 5 Stages Of Recovery?

The Recovery Research Institute outlines the five stages of change. They also include related treatment and recovery support services. Throughout these five stages ways, an individual can move from their addiction and into recovery. 

The first way of changing is the Transtheoretical Stages of Change Model. In this model, there are five stages of recovery and change. These five stages are listed below:

  1. Pre-contemplative 
    • “In this stage, individuals are not even thinking about changing their behavior. They do not see their addiction as a problem: they often think others who point out the problem are exaggerating.”
  2. Contemplative
    • “In this stage, people are more aware of the personal consequences of their addiction and spend time thinking about their problem. Although they are able to consider the possibility of changing, they tend to be ambivalent about it.”
  3. Preparation
    • “In this stage, people have made a commitment to make a change. This stage involves information gathering about what they will need to change their behavior.”
  4. Action
    • “In this stage, individuals believe they have the ability to change their behavior and actively take steps to change their behavior.”
  5. Maintenance
    • “In this stage, individuals maintain their sobriety, successfully avoiding temptations and relapse.”

Along with these stages of recovery, there are associated treatment and recovery services that can be used in the Transtheoretical Stages of Change Model. 

  • Stage 1 &2
    • Harm reduction
      • Emergency services
      • Needle exchanges
      • Supervised injection sites
    • Screening and feedback
      • Brief advice
      • Motivational interventions
    • Screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment
  • Stage 3 & 4
    • Clinical intervention
      • Phases/levels
        • Inpatient
        • Residential
        • Outpatient
      • Intervention types
        • Psychosocial 
          • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
        • Medications
    • Non-clinical intervention
      • Self-management/natural recovery
        • Self-help books
        • Online resources
      • Mutual help organizations
        • Alcoholics Anonymous
        • SMART Recovery
      • Community support services
        • Recovery community centers
        • Recovery ministries
        • Recovery employment assistance
  • Stage 5
    • Continuing care (3 months-1 year)
      • Recovery management
      • Checkups
      • Telephone counseling
      • Mobile applications
      • Text message interventions
    • Recovery monitoring (1-5+ years)
      • Continued recovery management checkups
      • Therapy visits
      • Primary care provider visits

Pinnacle Recovery is here for you, no matter what stage of recovery you are in. We want to meet you at the stage you’re at, and to help you move forward into the maintenance stage by offering you quality services. Call our trained and experienced staff today at 1-866-301-0573. Our staff can explain to you the treatment and recovery support services we offer and how they will be beneficial to you. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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