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A Guide to the 5 Stages of Addiction Recovery

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There’s a reason why many people consider alcohol to be a spiritual malady. Addiction often fills a hole in your life that was put there by something else. But, unfortunately, addiction recovery is often more about filling this hole than it is about the drug itself.

Whether you’re going through alcohol addiction recovery or another type of drug addiction recovery, understanding the spiritual side of things is extremely important. This isn’t even experimental; alcoholics anonymous uses highly religious, spiritual, and symbolic language to help people recover. 

The Transtheoretical Model is an addiction recovery program that helps people understand their recovery in five stages. This article will walk you through them. 

1. Precontemplation 

People in the pre-contemplation stage of recovery aren’t technically in recovery yet. However, that’s one reason why the Transtheoretical Model works so well; it treats addiction itself as one of the steps to recovery.

People in the precontemplation stage might be in denial. It’s important to make them realize that they’re in the midst of a spiritual battle to help them walk into the next stage of recovery. 

2. Contemplation 

The step into contemplation is the step into consciousness. There’s an element of metacognition going on here: The person who is addicted is aware of the fact that they’ve been tricking themselves into thinking their addiction is benefiting them when it isn’t. The person is also ready to start framing their journey as a journey of recovery. 

3. Preparation 

Before someone jumps completely into addiction recovery rehab, it’s important to prepare. The person may gather addiction recovery resources, go a few days without the drug that plagues them on their own, start attending twelve-step programs, and start researching rehabilitation centers. 

4. Action

Action is a simple stage to understand. The person in recovery has identified the problem and figured out the first steps in a solution. Now it’s time to mobilize. 

Action usually looks like someone getting to rehab to safely deal with any of their impulses, learn coping strategies, and manage the symptoms of withdrawal. America’s Rehab Campuses has published an article that will walk you through all of the drug withdrawal information you need to know. 

It’s important to be under the supervision of a medical professional when going through withdrawal. 

5. Maintenence 

Recovery is a battle that the addicted person will face for the rest of their life. Thankfully, it gets simpler. 

Maintenance is all about living one day at a time and taking steps to make sure a person stays satisfied, so they don’t slip back into addiction. 

Addiction Recovery Stages

Though everyone’s battle with addiction is an individual, personal journey, everyone goes through a similar battle.

The different addiction recovery stages may look different for everybody. However, as the old dictum goes, “structure will set you free.” Understanding where you’re going is important to understanding where you’re at. Likewise, understanding where you’re at is important for fixing the mistakes in your past. 

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