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What Stage of Recovery Are You in?

Much like addiction treatment, there is no one-size-fits-all path to recovery. While some individuals achieve recovery through residential inpatient, others participate in outpatient counseling, or leverage medication for addiction treatment (MAT).  

Whatever gets you to recovery is your unique path. To learn more about recovery programs for addiction, call us today at 1-800-RECOVERY. 

The Stages of Recovery 

Growth and progress don’t stop once you’re in recovery. As you make your way through recovery, you’ll likely experience several different stages:  

1. “I don’t have a problem.”  

When someone is in the precontemplation stage, they will likely feel one or more of the four Rs:  

  • Reluctant to consider change. 
  • Rebellious when they feel they’re being told what to do. 
  • Resigned and given up hope in the possibility of change. 
  • Rationalized why their drinking or drug use isn’t a problem. 

Even if the person acts reluctant or rebellious, doubt begins to build, and they start to wonder if there may be a problem.  

2. “I have a disease.”  

Becoming aware that there’s a problem, whether it’s through a tough conversation with family members or a true awakening such as job loss or legal problems, is often the first step in recovery. This could be rock bottom or a jolting moment of reality for some. For others it is a gradual realization that their life is getting out of control. 

Even if the person is still in active addiction, the early acknowledgment of the disease is setting the stage for recovery. Eventually, the simple awareness of a problem being present will shift to an awareness that treatment is needed.  

3. “I need to do something.”  

This stage marks a step toward change. It varies for each person, and it may involve checking into inpatient care, considering MAT, changing surroundings to avoid triggers, or simply making a commitment. Remember that addiction isn’t a choice; however, seeking treatment is. This sets the foundation for recovery, reigniting lost values, confidence, and self-worth. It’s a relief to take that step.  

Progress isn’t easy. In fact, it’s a vulnerable time where patients reveal their true selves, flaws included. It’s a pivotal moment of honesty with loved ones and themselves. The relief and satisfaction of being true to oneself drives them forward.   

4. “I need to find my new self.”  

After detox, the mental aspect of addiction treatment begins at Recovery Centers of America. We address all aspects of addiction, exploring potential contributing factors like trauma, lack of specialized care for older adults, or challenges faced by first responders.  

Specialized care is crucial for success in achieving sobriety, tailoring treatment to individual needs. Our clinicians collaborate with patients to identify underlying triggers such as trauma or past recovery attempts, addressing them alongside addiction. 

5. “I need to stay strong.”  

If you’re in this stage of recovery, you know this is true: Recovery isn’t a destination. It is a constant journey where you must remain vigilant and strong.  

Follow up programs, such as partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient programs, can help ease someone back into their lives. This way, their recovery is still their top priority, but they’re also working on getting back into a routine.  

Don’t Become Complacent About the Stages of Recovery  

Staying involved in support groups, such as an alumni recovery group, can help keep someone engaged in their recovery, as well as continuing to seek support from family members and staying active in the recovery community.  

Hurdles will happen in life. However, it’s important to take some time to pause, reflect on successes and techniques that have worked in the past, and reground in the moment.  


  • Not thinking about changing behavior. 
  • Don’t see addiction as a problem.  

“I don’t need help!”  

“I’m not addicted!”  

“I can stop any time!”  


  • Aware of personal consequences of addiction.  
  • Spend time thinking about the problem. 

“Maybe I do have a problem”  

“I might actually feel better if I stopped”  


  • Made a commitment to change.  

“I need professional help”  

“I am ready to make a change in my life”  


  • Believe in the ability to change.  
  • Actively take steps to change.  

“I am putting my treatment plan into action every single day”  


  • Avoid temptation and relapse.  

“I now have the knowledge and tools needed to achieve lasting sobriety”  

Get the Help You Need Today from Recovery Centers of America 

The stages of recovery are challenging, but you don’t have to do it alone. Recovery Centers of America is here to guide you through every stage of your recovery process, from recognizing the need for a change to maintaining a life of sobriety. Our compassionate team of professionals offers personalized treatment plans designed to meet your unique needs, ensuring you have the support necessary to achieve long-lasting recovery.  

Call us today at 1-800-RECOVERY or use our online contact form to learn more about how we can help you or your loved one on the path to recovery. Your journey to a healthier, happier life starts here. 



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