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The Stages of Addiction Recovery

Woman Learning About the Stages of Addiction Recovery

It takes time for many people to decide to get help for addiction recovery or even that they should work towards sobriety. This path typically begins once awareness of the problem occurs. From there, a person may go to drug and alcohol detox and treatment, work through the ups and downs of relapse risks, and finally gain peace with their health through aftercare and long-term support. At Rockland Recovery Treatment Centers, we help people through this process in a safe, compassionate manner.

Working Through Addiction Recovery

Overall, there are six stages of addiction recovery a person is likely to go through to reach recovery. Some people take longer and need more time to come to the point of engaging in detox or treatment. There’s no way to rush it besides providing information and support.


During this stage, a person generally belongs in one of four groups:

  • Lacking awareness of the problem – They don’t see the risk and don’t want to change.
  • No desire to change – They don’t want to be told they cannot use drugs or alcohol.
  • They can control their addiction – A person thinks they know everything about what’s happening. They feel as though they are in charge of their addiction.
  • They are overwhelmed – They see the problem but are overwhelmed by it. They think it’s impossible to change.


In this stage, they start to recognize and gain awareness of the addiction. They see it, they may recognize they need help, but they do not decide to get help. This stage often lasts for years.


In this stage, a person may be ready to do something. They meet with professionals to learn about their addiction. They think about detox. They begin to consider what treatment may be like.


This is the stage that is most important. They’ve taken action to get help. This may be in reaching out to a detox or residential treatment center. They’ve committed to getting support. They are learning to cope, learning about their addiction, and exploring opportunities.


In this stage, a person should still engage in aftercare, but much of their formal counseling is over. This is the stage where relapse is the most likely risk. However, if relapse happens, it means a person needs additional help.


Reaching this point is healing. It means a person is no longer constantly thinking about drug or alcohol use. They are also able to move through life more confidently. They still have an addiction and always will, but they ness less aftercare to get through the day.

How to Start Reaching Sobriety

Are you ready to work through addiction recovery? Perhaps you are coming to the point where you know you need detox or ongoing support through aftercare. Our team at Rockland Recovery Treatment Centers is available to help you now. We encourage you to contact us immediately to learn more about how we can help ensure your addiction recovery goes as well as possible. Feel empowered to take control over your future.

With two sober homes with a good reputation and outstanding services, therapy, and holistic opportunities available, we’re confident we can help you with recovery. Learn more about our programs, including:

  • Men’s rehab program
  • Women’s rehab program
  • Day partial hospitalization programs
  • Day intensive outpatient program
  • Evening intensive outpatient program

Start on the Path to Recovery – Call Rockland Recovery Treatment Centers Today

Addiction recovery is a path with many turns and twists, from awareness to detox and aftercare. One of the essential things to know about this recovery is that you don’t have to do it independently. Our team at Rockland Recovery Treatment Centers wants to help support you through recovery to reach sobriety. To get started, call our professionals at 855.732.4842 or connect with us online now.

Medical Reviewer Kate Perfetti, LADC II

Medically Reviewed by Kate Perfetti, LADC II

Kate is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor who has worked in the field of substance abuse for the last nine years. At Rockland Recovery, Kate works to provide resources to the local community and engage and progress Rockland Recovery’s alumni program.


Take the First Step Toward Recovery.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, we encourage you to request a confidential call to explore treatment options, ask questions, and receive support from experienced professionals. We know taking this first step can be challenging, but it’s a courageous and important part of the recovery journey.

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