Understanding the Stages of Recovery

Dec 19, 2022 | Rehab

Rehab is perceived by most people as admission into a facility for some time, and then when you complete the timeline, you can leave. We may look at it as simply as this, but in reality, there are stages to consider. Also, completing your rehab stay does not necessarily mean you are fully recovered.

In this article, we will discuss the stages of recovery.

The Stages of Recovery

The Transtheoretical Model, often known as “the stages of change” for recovery, is one of the most comprehensive models. The stages in this model are pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, maintenance, and termination.


In this stage, the addiction of an individual has reached its peak. And there are severe consequences involved because of addiction. Although, in this stage, the user is not yet accepting that help is crucial. The user is still denying the severity of the addiction.


This is the stage where the user acknowledges the addiction. Although, the person is not yet sure whether help is more significant than the enjoyment the substances bring. During the contemplation stage, though, the individual admits to their addiction, which is tremendously encouraging.


The comprehension that there are many negative consequences to addiction than benefits. Also, in this stage, the user develops the knowledge that recovery is, in fact, attainable and doable.


A drug recovery program would start during the action phase. The objective of this stage is to recognize the need to change one’s entire lifestyle and to live a healthier, more functional life going forward rather than simply getting sober.


In this stage, the goal is to develop tools, skills, and strategies which will help keep sobriety intact. Many approaches can be used to achieve this goal, such as outpatient treatment, 12-step programs, and counseling.


Sobriety reaches its peak during the termination phase when minimum maintenance is required. Although this stage is deemed to be the end of recovery, there is a consensus that recovery does not stop. It is a continuous process.

It is important to know that completing rehab does not mean full recovery. Addiction rehab is a significant part of recovery. Rehab is a place where you reset your brain and body to achieve the new you.

The entire recovery journey starts outside the facility, where temptations are rampant. And the dedication and continuous effort are challenged, and you must persevere to have a successful sober life.

Taylor Recovery is here to guide you along the way. Our priority is to deliver a top-notch treatment program that will serve as your base ground when you start your journey outside.

If you want to us guide you, visit us in the heart of Houston, Texas – or simply give us a call!