New Life Recovery and Coaching – Purpose and Goals

This site is about ovevrcoming substance abuse/dependence and life coaching. It focuses on the recovery process and regaining control of one's life and moving forward with success.

A New Perspective on a New Life – Stages of Behavioral Change

The Stages of Change

To review, the five stages of behavioral change are:

  1. Pre-contemplation
  2. Contemplation
  3. Preparation/Determination
  4. Action/Willpower
  5. Maintenance


This stage is typically the first stage of the behavioral stage change model.  During this stage the individual usually is in denial or is not even aware that there exists a behavior that is undesirable.  He/she is not aware that the behavior is damaging or potentially a health risk to themselves, or perhaps others.

This is many times the case in addictions.  The person is not interested in changing their behavior, and may even be blaming others for the usage of drugs or alcohol and the negative outcomes of the substance usage.  There may  not even be any concern of the individual about their usage.  The individual’s perception of the drug or alcohol usage is of pleasure – a type of “everybody does it” attitude.

With this being the first stage of the change model, it is the hope that the individual will progress to stage two – the contemplation stage.  This stage offers more concrete and noticeable behavioral change characteristics.  Try to not be discouraged by the time passage of the transition from the pre-contemplation to contemplation stages.  There are techniques to persuade some to move to the contemplation stage.

Please visit or contact me at the information provided on the web site for additional information on these techniques.  In addition, I encourage any comments, questions, or concerns left on this blog.



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