No one likes being told how they feel, and for a person struggling with addiction, gaining the ability to recognize the behavior and desire a change is critical to successful recovery. Motivational Interviewing helps individuals take responsibility for their actions, and to feel in control of their addiction treatment because of the “stages of change.”
Pre-contemplation: A denial stage where someone struggling from substance abuse does not recognize the problem. Or, if a problem is admitted, there is a resistance to treatment.
Contemplation: A person recognizes addiction is a problem but is not confident that treatment will work.
Preparation: The individual and counselor set achievable goals and identify lifestyle changes. The key is to work in small steps that allow the person dealing with addiction to realize success.
Action: Here, an individual is committed to recovery and managing behaviors. This can include outpatient treatment, continuing individual, group or family therapy, or attending support meetings that reinforce a healthy lifestyle.
Maintenance: During this stage, a person is making healthy decisions and has a support system to continue on that path for the long-term.