22. LIST of Stages In Effecting Permanent Change And The Change Process
Stages of Change and Change Process Techniques for Achieving Change
STAGE 1 2 3 4 5 6
Pre- Relapse Goal:
Contem- Contem- Prepara- Mainten- & Re- Termina-
plation plation tion Action ance cycle tion
Raising ¯ ¯ ¯
Liberation ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯
Arousal ¯ ¯ ¯
Re-evaluation ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯
Commitment ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯
Countering ¯ ¯ ¯
Control ¯ ¯ ¯
Reward ¯ ¯ ¯
Relationships ¯ ¯ ¯
Created from pp. 33 and 54 of Changing For Good: The Revolutionary Program That Explains the Six Stages of change and Teaches You How to Free Yourself From Bad Habits, James O Prochaska, John C. Norcross, Carlo C. DiClemente, William Morrow and Co., New York, 1994.
Regarding the previous chart:
Termination: that which distinguishes terminators from lifetime maintainers or lifetime relapse-
recyclers (p. 276-279):
a new self image
perceive no temptation in any situation to return to old habit(s)
a healthier life style
The real solution: spending time and energies on self-enhancing activities, committing to live life to its fullest while preventing behaviors that short-circuit your endeavors such as believing that life is passing you by and that you thus find it easy to give up on yourself. Thus, as long as you act on your potential to change, you will discover that even the darkest days will end and the most tempting situations will pass (p. 279).
FOOLISH FREEDOM: Too many people cannot control their media-fueled desires, seek[ing] fulfillment in external objects. ... It seems the only freedom we can achieve is negative--freedom from the demands of others (p. 283). Thus, foolish freedom is reactive--reacting just to keep from being controlled or reacting to immediate consequences. Responsible freedom is interactive--interacting with feedback and information about how changing our behavior can be beneficial to ourselves and to others. Responsible freedom is when you choose to change for the best of reasons, regardless of what you were conditioned to do, what you feel compelled to do, or what is most immediately gratifying to do. Our fullest freedom emerges when we have the opportunity to choose that which would enhance our life, our sense of self, and our society (p. 286).