In the new episode of Recovery ReLOVution, the show’s host, Dr. Gala Gorman, discusses the Stages of Change Model and gives an overview of the change process. Making a change requires planning and preparation, among other things. Making a change can be scary, but with the right preparation and plan, change can be easy!
As Gorman explains to listeners, “Remember that whatever change we are making needs to align with our values. We need to get to know ourselves to some degree and this could be really challenging for some. But, we’ve to get to know ourselves and sort through what it is that I want personally. What floats my boat? What makes me feel satisfied and fulfilled? And, then to make a change that is going to make my life better. If I’m making a change for someone else to make their life better and I don’t at least perceive that it is going to make my life better this a change that won’t stick.”
In this episode, listeners will learn:
- Learn to ease the struggle that accompanies change
- Understand what is required to change any habit … and make it stick
- Discover the warning signs that flash before a relapse happens
Some of the things to watch out for are going back to the old behaviors … slipping or relapsing. Most will typically go back to contemplation because they may be able to turn a blind’s eye to the problem for a short period of time, but if it was a problem before, then it is probably even more so now. People don’t want to get stuck in contemplation. So, Gorman shares some tools to help move someone into the Planning and Preparation Stage.
Typically, when someone relapses, they can take the plan they were using and see where it may have some holes that need to be filled so that it’s ready to go the next time they’re ready to take action. And, that action has to be in integrity … in alignment with personal values. And, sometimes not taking action is action.
In this episode of Recovery ReLOVution, we’re talking about the stages of change model and how to recognize those stages.
For those interested in tuning into this show visit: RR 0015: Making a Change – How Bad Habits and Addictions are Stopped
This episode of Recovery ReLOVution discusses the stages of change model and how to recognize those stages to make sure you’re prepared to make a change. Change isn’t just about planning. We have to consider why we’re changing and how the change will impact our lives. Preparing and planning for possible outcomes will also help limit the impact of roadblocks and stumbles.