Motivation And Readiness For Change With Persons Who Suffer From Addiction

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Theoretical Framework It is difficult to assess the motivation and readiness for change with persons who suffer from addiction (DiClemente, Schlundt, & Gemmeell, 2004). I have used two methods of evaluating progress with my client. The first measure is from the transthoretical model through the five stages of change. These stages include: precontemplation (not considering change), contemplation (ambivalent about change), preparation (begins to plan steps towards recovery), action (first active steps towards change), and maintenance (establishes new behaviors) (Norcross, Krebs, & Prochaska, 2011). Some consider relapse a stage in the transtheoretical model which many of the clients I work with have experienced this stage. When I first met my client, she was in the contemplation stage evidenced by her exploration of her ambivalence and conflicts of her substance use. She has gone backwards to the precontemplations stage as she wanted to leave the program and go back to prison in a fit of anger. However, being in the inpatient treatment program is somewhat forced to be in the preparation stage by her participation in individual sessions, participating in groups, and attending Narcotics Anonymous (NA) outside of the facility. Like most clients’ change, my client’s readiness to change is in a spiral pattern not a linear progression through the stages. The other quick assessment tool I will use is the Readiness to Change Ruler. This tool reflects the client’s

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