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RIC 003: The Stages of Change

​Brief Overview of the Episode

​​In this episode I discuss the Stages of Change as developed by James Prochaska and Carlo DiClemente. While not everyone passes through all of the stages, it still provides at least something of a road map to guide us through the recovery process. Briefly, they are:

  1. Precontemplation
  2. Contemplation
  3. Preparation
  4. Action
  5. Maintenance
  6. Termination

To these, I usually add Relapse because although it's not really a "stage" per se, it's certainly common enough to include a discussion of the possibility along with the other stages.

I also refer to a diagram in the free eBook "Thinking Recovery," to discuss choices, and the best (in fact the only) time to make them. This is your life, and it's up to you what you want to do with it.

​Timeline of the Episode




  • ​Overview of episode
  • ​The Stages of Change


  • ​​Choices, and when we can make them


  • ​​Closing
  • ​Next week: Planning for Recovery

​Links Mentioned in the Episode



​The leading science-based self-help recovery group in the world, with thousands of face-to-face and online meetings available.

Next Episode

Next week is ​"Planning for Change." A new planning method suggested by the book "Smart Change" by Art Markman, PhD.

​I wrote ​Thinking Recovery​ to serve as a companion to this podcast. It contains an overview of the principal cognitive recovery techniques that I explore, and some visual aids to help with understanding.

You can download it for free, simply by clicking on the image to the left. I hope you enjoy it!​​​

Blogtalk Radio Interview Posted

My hour-long radio interview with Ken Anderson of HAMS has been posted. You can hear it here. I enjoyed the interview, it was an excellent chance to talk about the book, SMART, and some ideas about recovery. There are other interviews on Ken’s Blogtalk site that should be of interest to the recovery community, and I encourage you to take a look up there.

Radio Interview Tonight

Kenneth Anderson, the Executive Director of HAMS: Harm Reduction for Alcohol, will be interviewing me on his Blogtalk Radio site at 8 PM Eastern tonight. The subject matter will be my book, Powerless No Longer. If that time is inconvenient, I will post a link to the podcast here tomorrow.


Kindle Version Free on Amazon

The Kindle version of Powerless No Longer will be free-of-charge on Amazon for the next two full days, beginning at midnight tonight (PDT). This is one of the promotional tools Amazon offers to authors who use Amazon exclusively. The promotion will end at midnight on the 26th of September.

The only thing I ask in return is that you consider writing a review on Amazon, if you think the book has value. Please feel free to tell anyone you think might be interested in this free offer. I don’t know if I will ever offer it again at this price.

Some information on the book can be found here.

Thank you for your support, and your interest in Powerless.


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