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THE PROCESS OF CHANGE

In the early 1990's a team of researchers developed a tool for change. The following is an excerpt from The Transtheoretical Model of Change or STAGES OF CHANGE. This illustrates very clearly the process individuals go through when making a change. Each stage lasts for various lengths of time, but can be shortened due to the individuals motivating factors. This model also illustrates why family and friends find the helping process a taxing and difficult one especially when individuals are in the initial stages of change. At New Life we work with clients, motivating them through the stages of change. With the goals of awareness, responsibility and change, clients are engaged in a therapeutic process, which promotes life changes that are significant and lasting.

PRECONTEMPLATION

Stance

  • No intentions of change "I have no interest in quitting/reducing."

Reasoning

  • Unaware/underaware of problem and its effect
  • Others See Problem
  • Reluctance - lack the knowledge or energy to consider change
  • Rebellion - have a heavy investment in the problem behavior and in making their own decisions
  • Resignation lack of energy and investment have given up on the possibility of change and seem overwhelmed by the problem.
  • Rationalization - has all the answers - gives reasons for why the problem is not a problem or is a problem for other but not for them.

CONTEMPLATION

Stance

  • Aware of problem
  • Thinking, but no commitment "I want to quit/reduce, but I really like it."

Reasoning

  • Ambivalence (weighing benefits vs. fears of quitting/reducing)
  • Will be open to processing information but not setting goals or changing behavior
  • Can remain in this stage for a very long time

PREPARATION

Stance

  • Serious commitment to change a priority "I am ready to quit."
  • Requesting advice and information

Reasoning/Plan

  • Have a realistic assessment of degree of difficulty
  • Recognition that sustained action is required
  • Most individuals in this stage make a serious attempt at change in the near future and many have made an attempt to modify their behaviors in the recent past.

ACTION

Stance

  • Have a plan (and have made small changes)
  • Motivated, Exited about change

Reasoning/Plan

  • Implements the plan - changes behavior - ex. Quits using the chemical
  • Frequently craves the chemical of choice
  • This stage usually last 3-6 months

MAINTENANCE

  • Work at establishing new patterns
  • Threat of relapse or a return to old patterns becomes less frequent and less intense with time

At New Life Counselling we work with clients, motivating them through the stages of change. With the goals of awareness, responsibility and change, clients are engaged in a therapeutic process, which promotes life changes that are significant and lasting. Research shows that when appropriate out-patient/in-patient treatment is given, and when clients follow their prescribed program, treatment can work. More importantly, treatment can help keep you and your loved ones together.

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