The Relapse Stage is the sixth stage of change in the Transtheoretical Model and represents the time in a person's treatment where they have slipped back into old habits and returned to use. Relapse is said to happen when people lose sight of their recovery. As a result of an inability to cope with current stressors, the person begins use again, instead of reaching out for help.
This model is circular in nature with relapse and precontemplation going hand in hand.
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: