The Recovery Process in The Stages of Change Model Developed by James Prochaska and Carlo DiClemente

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The “Stages of Change” model, developed by James Prochaska and Carlo DiClemente, is a vital part to a client’s recovery process in the areas of addiction and behavioral issues. Understanding where a client is in reference to these stages is key to providing the appropriate level of services. The Stages of Change Model consists of six stages including; Pre-Contemplation, Contemplation, Preparation, Action, Maintenance, and Termination. Clients in the Pre-Contemplation stage are not ready for change and likely don’t understand the need for change. Before I mention the topic of change with clients who are in the Pre-Contemplation stage, it is vital that I establish a relationship of trust. My goal is to create a safe and supportive atmosphere in which the client can feel comfortable about discussing his or her concerns and needs. One way to develop a relationship is first to ask the client’s permission to discuss the subject of change. This shows deference for the client’s feelings. In facilitating a client’s a transition to the Contemplation stage, I will utilize reflective listening and open-ended questions. The shift into the Contemplation stage is ultimately up to the client. Once the client has transitioned into the Contemplation stage, they have started thinking that making a change might be a good idea. In this stage, the client begins to come to terms with the extent of his or her problems and seriously considers action but has not yet committed to taking

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