Descriptive of a stage of recovery in which a dually disordered individual has attained symptom stability and substance sobriety, and is working on solidifying these gains such that they become an ongoing part of long-term lifestyle.

The Maintenance Stage is the fifth stage of change in the Transtheoretical Model and represents the time in a person's treatment where they are maintaining their recovery. The person has admitted their use is problematic, has achieved sobriety, and is maintaining recovery long-term.

The Transtheoretical Model (also called the Stages of Change Model) was developed by Prochaska and DiClemente in the late 1970s. This model focuses on the decision-making of the individual and is a model of intentional change. The Transtheoretical Model operates on the assumption that people do not change behaviors quickly and decisively. Rather, change in behavior, especially habitual behavior, occurs continuously through a cyclical process.

The stages in this model are as follows:

  1. Precontemplation
  2. Contemplation
  3. Preparation (Determination)
  4. Action
  5. Maintenance
  6. Relapse
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