Moving from one stage of addiction recovery to the next

Published: July, 2008

Different tasks and interventions are required at different stages.

The transtheoretical model of behavior change — often referred to simply as the "stages of change" model — has become one of the most widely used methods to promote recovery from addictions and to help make other health behavior changes. Although not universally endorsed, the transtheoretical model holds that at any given time, a person is at a particular stage in relation to behavior change: precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, or maintenance.

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