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Drug and Alcohol Findings. (2017) Cycle of Change: change promoter or benevolent fiction? London: Drug and Alcohol Findings. Drug and Alcohol Findings Hot Topic (October-December 2017) 4 p.

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Prochaska and DiClemente’s ubiquitous ‘five stages of change’ seems to offer a scientific system to guide clinicians and therapists on how to work with patients – how to recognise when someone is ready to commit to treatment (or if not to nudge them towards a more receptive stage), and how to avoid wasteful change attempts with those not yet ready to change. Implicitly or explicitly, in services across the UK this system is used to recognise the motivational state of patients and clarify how to promote progression to sustained recovery. Its simplicity is beguiling, but can it really be used to generate change by matching patients to interventions, or does it simply describe one type of change process?


Item Type:Evidence resource
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general
Intervention Type:AOD disorder treatment method, AOD disorder harm reduction, Psychosocial treatment method, Rehabilitation/Recovery
Source:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Date:October 2017
Pages:4 p.
Publisher:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Corporate Creators:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Place of Publication:London
Number:October-December 2017
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Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Natural history of substance use > Recovery
F Concepts in psychology > Motivation
F Concepts in psychology > Attitude and behaviour
F Concepts in psychology > Specific attitude and behaviour > choice-making behaviour
HJ Treatment method > Psychosocial treatment method
HJ Treatment method > Treatment outcome
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Treatment and maintenance > Treatment factors
T Demographic characteristics > Counsellor / Therapist

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