The Six Stages Of Change In Addiction Recovery


A guru walks up to a hot dog vendor and says, “Make me one with everything.” A few minutes later, he is handed his lunch and offers a $5 bill in exchange, awaiting the balance. When it isn’t forthcoming, he looks puzzled and requests his change. The vendor slyly smiles and replies “Ah, change must come from within.”Wouldn’t that be nice if it were that simple when it comes to behavioral change? Most people who are faced with the need to adapt their habits and choices are not as philosophical, and often fight it symbolically and sometimes physically kicking and screaming.In Changing for Good (William Morrow, 1994), Prochaska and DiClemente describe the six stages of change: