Making a lasting change can be difficult. Anyone who spends time in a neighborhood gym knows that scores of people will crowd the treadmills and weight benches in January. But as time passes, the resolve to follow through on their resolutions starts to dwindle.
For people struggling with a substance use disorder, making a lasting change can be extremely difficult. There are plenty of barriers to recovery like financial concerns, the fear of withdrawal symptoms, and the responsibilities you have at home. But one of the most common barriers to recovery is your readiness to change. When it comes to behaviors, bad habits, and addictions, if you don’t see a problem or a need to change, it will be challenging for anyone to get you to change.
The transtheoretical model was developed in the 1970s to help understand how people, particularly cigarette smokers, make a lasting change. The model is often called the stages of change and involves six unique stages.
The stages can be applied to any behavioral change from losing weight to addiction recovery. When it comes to addiction, recognizing your stage of change can help you advance toward getting the help you need to facilitate a long term change.
Learn more about the transtheoretical model and how it can help you take steps toward your recovery.