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Taking The First Step In Recovery & Treatment

Muddy first steps in red boots.

The recovery process is a journey, and it’s not likely an individual will go straight from denial to treatment. In fact it’s more common to go through 5 stages of change starting with precontemplation to action and maintenance.

Recognizing Addiction Is A Problem

Most recognize the first step in recovery as admitting they have an addiction.

In actuality, the first stage of change is precontemplation - marked by defensiveness, endless justification and even denial, and it isn’t something we might normally consider change. Many people get stuck in this stage, focusing on the positive effects of their substance use and ignoring their addictive behaviors.

The second stage of change, contemplation, is when an individual begins to notice how their substance use is affecting everyday life, an awareness that it is an issue, and admit they have a problem.

Coming to this realization isn’t easy. In everyday life, the consequences of actions usually do not occur until the somewhat distant future. This can make the decision to stop easy to ignore - and hard to recognize.

Some experience a dramatic event like being arrested, losing a relationship, or being fired that snaps them out of denial. Others start to see it gradually affecting their life, from strained relationships to concerned family and friends.

The individual facing substance abuse must ask one critical question: do I have a problem with drugs and alcohol? It can be painful to look at what life is like because of drugs or alcohol, but it’s worth taking an honest inventory.

These resources can help:

Making A Change

It is not enough to simply recognize a problem. There may be many friends, family and loved ones encouraging individuals toward recovery, but they alone must take the first actionable step.

Getting Help For Addiction

If you or somebody in your life seems to have an issue with alcohol or drugs, or is suffering from addiction, professional help may be the best option for recovery.

At Care Addiction Center, we offer treatment plans that address every facet of your addiction, serving individuals in Geneva, Batavia, Sycamore, St. Charles, and Kane County, with online addiction treatment available anywhere in Illinois. 

To get started on the road to recovery, or if you have questions about helping yourself or a loved one, call us today or schedule a confidential assessment online and begin treatment.


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