Change is the solution: Using the Transtheoretical model or so called cycle of change stages;
1. Precontemplation stage is a term to describe not having enough self-awareness of what needs changing, not acknowledging the problem, could be in denial.
2. Contemplation stage, this is when you are aware of the problems so realize change is necessary but not quite ready.
3. Preparation stage is when you start planning the change and become ready.
4. Action stage is like being in rehab or counselling to implement changes.
5. Maintenance stage is when you have achieved the change and now want to keep it up like going to the gym or attending AA meetings.
Termination stage describes the point at which no conscious effort is needed to maintain the change, its now become second nature. Unfortunately, this stage does not apply to the chronic disease of addiction as recovery maintenance is always necessary to stay safe.
An example could be: Ultimate goal, Achieve abstinence and get my life on track;
1. Goal one – Precontemplation – get feedback on what to change
2. Goal two – Contemplation – select the priorities to change
3. Goal three – Preparation – plan how best to change
4. Goal four – Action – start the process of change
5. Goal five – Maintenance – work out how to keep up the gains
6. Goal six – Termination – decide whether to start new changes
SMART goals or goal setting criteria is another model that can be used to achieve change
1. Specific – target something you want to change.
2. Measurable – accountability or document the change.
3. Assignable – how and when.
4. Realistic – for your life.
5. Time-related – set a time limit so you have a target.
At Hope the common goal usually includes the following for Rehab admission (E.g. because I can’t stop by myself, I tried it already many times so I need help)
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I will comply with a treatment program
I will be honest, open-minded and willing to follow the program
I will do whatever it takes to learn how to live clean and sober
After rehab I will do everything I have learned in rehab when I leave
I will use the support groups
I will do my ABC’s every time I feel upset
I will get a sponsor
I will do my step work
I will do my meditation
I will do my physical exercise
Using this change technique, goal setting and sticking to them, anyone can address addiction issues. I have changed many own self-defeating behaviors using goal setting and I have helped many people do the same and change their lives.
Change is the solution by Henk Nagel