No one likes being told how they feel. For a person struggling with addiction, gaining the ability to recognize the behavior and desire a change is critical to a 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. If a problem is admitted, there is a resistance to treatment.
Contemplation: A person recognizes addiction as 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/family therapy, or attending support meetings to 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.