5 Stages of Addiction Recovery
Addictions are real, and help is available. Restoration Recovery is here to help treat addictions and we have a number of treatment options available. Call us today or visit us online to book an appointment with our team of healthcare professionals. We have convenient locations to serve you in Chattanooga, TN and Dalton, GA.
What are the five stages of recovery?
There are many different circumstances that motivate addicted people to admit that their substance use has become a problem and then find the readiness to seek help.
Stage 1 – Precontemplation: During this pre-contemplation stage, the addicted person is not considering a need for change and is therefore uninterested in actively seeking support. The addicted person is likely to become defensive and may rationalize drug and alcohol use.
Stage 2 – Contemplation: In the contemplative stage, the addicted person is aware of the personal consequences of their addiction and is actively spending time thinking about their problem. The addicted person may be open to some discussion about the consequences of their addiction; however, they remain indecisive about making a change.
Stage 3 – Preparation: During the preparation stage, the addicted person has made a commitment to make a change. Commonly, addicted persons will unconsciously attempt to skip this stage and enter directly into taking action for their recovery.
Stage 4 – Action: In the action stage, the addicted person believes that they have the ability to change and are actively taking steps in recovery. This is the stage where education, coping strategies, and interpersonal communication skills offered in a treatment help to strengthen personal recovery.
Stage 5 – Maintenance/Recovery: In the maintenance stage, the addicted person learns to successfully avoid temptations and triggers that would lead them back to active addiction. In this stage, addicted people tend to remind themselves of their progress and develop community supports that reinforce their recovery goals.
What is the length of time the brain needs to recover from addiction?
Alcohol and drugs disturb the brain’s neurotransmitters and neural pathways. But the brain constantly strives to maintain balance. When drugs and alcohol change the brain’s chemistry, the brain adapts and becomes accustomed to the new “normal.” When the adaptation becomes the “new normal,” the brain will want to “correct” an imbalance when the drug is no longer present by taking the drug again. Substance use disorder changes both the brain’s structure and how it functions over time. But hope isn’t lost. The brain can rewire itself and modify its connections. You can use other parts of the brain to maintain key functionality while people recover from addiction.
Most addicted people need at least three months in treatment to get sober and initiate a plan for continued recovery. Research shows that the best outcomes occur with longer durations of treatment, and every person’s recovery is unique to them and their circumstances.
The brain is fragile but durable. Although damaged by drugs, the brain can repair itself in several ways, which can include:
- Neuroplasticity – The process that allows your brain to continue to function even when cell damage disrupts neural pathways.
- Brain cell regeneration – Brain cells can recreate themselves. With time, any cells that you damage due to drug use will eventually regenerate.
- Shared Brain Functionality – Brain functionality happens in different regions of the brain. Drugs can damage the original center of memory, cognitive function, and sensory perception, but people are still able to use other brain areas to remember, think logically, and sharpen their senses. In order to make this work, though, people have to keep their brain and body drug-free.
Do you provide addiction recovery services?
At Restoration Recovery, our kind and professional staff are dedicated to helping individuals who have succumbed to addiction to finding continuing freedom and inner peace.
Restoration Recovery offers an Alcohol Addiction Program. Our trained professionals are here to help you with alcohol addiction. If you would like more information for yourself, or someone you care about, please reach out to us through the pages of our website. We are here to help each patient on the road to recovery. We serve patients from Chattanooga TN, Dalton GA, Rocky Face GA, Tunnel Hill GA, Chatsworth GA, Spring Place GA, Fairmount TN, Walden TN, Harrison TN, Middle Valley TN, Signal Mountain TN, and surrounding areas.