We all have some bad habits that we like to change such as spending too much time on the couch watching TV. Some of us are addicted to substances like alcohol, cocaine, cigarettes. Others are addicted to behaviors like gambling shopping or sex because you already know that it can be impossible to change a bad habit as a change and overcome an addiction which is why it is important to understand the five stages of change. In 1977 physicians introduced a 5-stage model of change to Climate & Provaska Alcoholism researchers that continues to provide guidance for changing bad habits and overcoming addiction. I will now explain the five stages of change. People in the pre-contemplation pre-contemplation stage of the first stage are simply not ready for change. They deny that they have any problems or that in any way they have given up hope of change. They have no motivation to change any bad habits or addictions. So it would be Alice a diabetic who survives donuts and ice cream despite doctor’s warnings and Brad a busy executive who drinks stupidly every night telling himself that his wife is just a snake who doesn’t understand his needs to relax with a few drinks.
People at stage number two of the thought stage agree to consider that they have a problem but their feelings are still mixed when it comes to doing something about it. So there are also weights of opinions in favor of continuing bad habits. There is still no promise to change the bad habit. So when Alice began researching the consequences of not following a diabetic diet, Brad began to see how drinking was affecting her marriage.
But neither Alice nor Brad is ready to promise change. Preparation stage number 3 Preparation people have overcome denial or frustration about their bad habits and are ready to work to bring about change in the near future. Not doing so, but mixed results and Brad downloads it Alcoholics anonymous schedule, but doesn’t seem to get himself to any meetings.
The stage number of action people in action is committed to changing and changing their behaviors. They have learned from previous failed attempts and are now ready to help and make plans for change and recovery. So it was when Alice asked her doctor for help and followed her advice to attend a diabetes nutrition class. And that’s when Brad started participating in Alcoholics Anonymous three times a week. Number five maintenance People in the maintenance phase have developed healthy habits to replace the bad ones and are now focused on strengthening new habits to avoid falling back into the old ones. So this is when Alice continues to honor her ability to eat a healthy diet, and Brad continues to improve his relapse prevention skills and social support by regularly joining Alcoholics Anonymous. So how can the five stages of change help you to overcome a bad habit or addiction? Well first you have to study the five stages of change and try to determine which state you are in, of course. If you are in the pre-contemplation stage then you think you have a problem so you need to listen to any concerns expressed by your trusted friends and family. Once you have identified the stage you are in, you can decide what you need to do to get to the next stage. For example, if you are stuck in the preparation phase, perhaps
Briefly ask for help. Mindfulness can take strength and commitment when breaking bad habits but you can do it. We can all make positive changes if we understand the process of creating healthy habits. I wish you the best of luck in your journey to wellness if you want to help make a positive change for your healthy life, visit my website serenityonlinetherap.com to learn more about online services, if you like this video click here
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