Motivational Interviewing and the Stages of Change


Publication: 2013-10-07


The Stages of Change Model describes five stages of readiness and provides a framework for understanding the change process. By identifying where a person is in the change cycle, interventions can be tailored to the individual's "readiness" to progress in the recovery process. Interventions that do not match the person's readiness are less likely to succeed and more likely to damage rapport, create resistance, and impede change. Anything that moves a person through the stages toward a positive outcome should be regarded as a success.

People go through a series of stages when they change health behavior. The stages are cognitive and behavioral. In the early phases, people tend to focus on thinking about change-whether change is something they need to consider. In later stages, people are actively doing things to change or maintaining the changes that they have been able to make.


Name:Owen Ambur


Name:Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration