The Ten Stages of the Recovery Process

Ten Stages of the Recovery Process

  1. EXPLORATION AND DISCOVERYYou will explore your past and present to discover the truth about yourself.
  2. RELATIONSHIP HISTORY/INVENTORYYou’ll examine and perhaps reset your personal boundaries.
  3. ADDICTION CONTROLYou’ll get a handle on your addictions and compulsions and take the first steps toward mastering them.
  4. LEAVING HOME AND SAYING GOOD-BYEYou’ll say the good-byes appropriate to healing. You may think you did that years ago. Probably you didn’t.
  5. GRIEVING YOUR LOSSGrieving is both the bottom of the curve, the very pits of your emotions and feelings, and also the start upward. It’s almost like your dentist hanging up his drill. You know he’s not done yet, but the worst is over.
  6. NEW SELF-PERCEPTIONSYou will gain fresh perceptions about yourself and make new decisions. What an eye-opener this stage is!
  7. NEW EXPERIENCESYou will build a foundation of new experiences to bolster the decisions you’ve just made.
  8. REPARENTINGYou will rebuild your past in a sense, and also the present and future, as you become involved in what we call reparenting.
  9. RELATIONSHIP ACCOUNTABILITYYou will establish accountability for your new and refreshed personal relationships.
  10. MAINTENANCEYou will embark on a maintenance program that will keep you on the track for the remainder of your life.