Stages of Addiction Recovery

Change should come from within you, but it also depends on the people around you as well. This holds true even for the people who are undergoing rehabilitation for various conditions. Today we look at one of the top issues in the world – drug abuse, and how rehabilitation and society helps you work things out.

Unlike other physical ailments that only take a few days, a week or a month, substance abuse can take up to a year or more just to get it out of the system. You might think that a detox session is the solution. Yes, it might flush out the substance from the body, but it might not get the addict off the drugs.


Studies show that between 50 and 90 percent of the addicts suffer from relapse after rehabilitation or after detox. The rate of remission is higher for those individuals who have only undergone a detox. The reason is that unlike other ailments, substance abuse affects the brain.

To make sure you treat the cause of the condition, you need to undergo changes that will make the treatment possible. Let us look at these changes and what happens at each stage.


The substance user doesn’t know that he or she has a problem. He doesn’t acknowledge the fact that he needs treatment and will still use the drugs.


In this phase, the individual is aware of the pros and cons of the substance to his life. However, he or she doesn’t know what to do to treat the condition because of the unpredictability of results.


This is all about the user being ready to undergo the treatment and own the responsibility for the consequences. This stage helps the user make life-changing decisions. It is at this point that the user enters the rehab program.


This is where the user undergoes the treatment with or without assistance from family members. The user joins an addiction recovery program for this purpose.


This stage encompasses all the actions the user performs to stay sober. It includes regular exercises, positive changes and more. The top activity for teenage users is to join an art class to keep themselves busy. With the right support, teaching woodworking in schools can help this group.

The Bottom-line

Substance abuse can be treated with confidence and right results using inpatient therapy rather than an on/off plan. The first step is to be aware of the problem at hand. Next step is to prepare then join an addiction recovery program.