If you want to know how to help someone struggling with a substance abuse, the “Stages of Change” concept is a good starting point. It’s based on the theory that behavioral change is a gradual process involving several common stages. If you can figure out which stage your loved one is at, you may be able to help them more effectively. For more information check out our presentation on Stages of change video on you-tube!

The stages of change are:

Precontemplation -Not yet acknowledging that there is a problem behavior that needs to be changed
Contemplation -Acknowledging that there is a problem but not yet ready or sure of wanting to make a change
Preparation/Determination – Getting ready to change
Action/Willpower – Changing behavior
Maintenance -Maintaining the behavior change
Relapse- Returning to older behaviors and abandoning the new changes


stages of change in addiction

For more in formation check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bADOrTa-WW8