If you are like most people who seek treatment for addiction at an inpatient drug rehab facility, you probably cycled through several emotional stages to get there. Dubbed the Transtheoretical Model of behavioral change, the 35-year old theory describes the method by which most people take mental steps toward overcoming addiction. These stages of emotional change as outlined by the TTM may be applied to other hard-to-change behaviors, as well.
Stage One: Pre-contemplation
When the addict is in this pre-action stage of behavioral change, they don’t consider their addiction to be a problem, and they don’t understand why other people consider it an issue. This could be due to any number of reasons. Most likely, they have not yet experienced negative consequences brought on by their addiction. Or, they might be in denial about the severity of their situation. The addict in this stage doesn’t want to hear anyone say anything about their addictive behavior. At this point, they still find it to be a positive thing.
Sooner or later, negative consequences due to the addict’s behavior will occur. When this ultimately happens, the individual typically moves to the next stage of the transtheoretical model.
Stage Two: Contemplation
At this stage, the addict may be more open to receiving information about the possible consequences of their addictive behaviors. They think about cutting down or otherwise limiting their habit. They may even think about checking into inpatient drug rehab and quitting altogether. At this stage, the addict may work out strategies to help them moderate their addictive behavior without making an actual commitment to change. The addict may remain in this stage for years, explains VeryWellMind.
Stage Three: Preparation
This stage is when the addict starts to plan their own recovery. At this point, they decide whether to reduce harm or quit completely. Necessary resources are obtained and triggers are discarded. Triggers may include things like drug paraphernalia and empty prescription drug bottles. It may be difficult to let go of these reminders, but ditching triggers is an imperative part of successful inpatient drug rehab. Support is put in place when the addict tells at least one other person that they intend to quit. Even more support happens when the addict informs their party friends that they won’t be hanging out anymore.
Stage Four: Action
This stage is when the addict focuses their attention on overcoming their drug habit. The action stage can be stressful, but the staff at a compassionate and confidential inpatient drug rehab center will do everything they can to ensure the comfort and well-being of the inpatient guest. With proper preparation, the action stage can be exhilarating.
What stage on the transtheoretical model are you now? When you’re ready to really do something about your drug issues, give us a call at 833-272-7342. We are America’s Rehab Campus and our inpatient drug rehab is ready to welcome you with open arms.