3. Supporting your Family Member’s Recovery

What to remember about stages of change

Activity: Ways of supporting recovery


You can play a role in supporting your loved one during different stages of change. Under the heading, “Ways to support recovery,” you’ll find a list of strategies that can help during specific stages. Try to determine which strategy would work well for which stage of change (contemplation, pre-contemplation, preparation, action, maintenance, or relapse). Click on “View Stage of Change” to reveal each answer.


Ways to support recovery:
Stage of change:

Provide information about the consequences of substance use in a non-threatening way.

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Precontemplation

Help identify coping strategies.

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Relapse

Support your relative as they learn new ways of meeting their needs without problematic substance use.

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Action

Help get information about substance use problems and treatment.

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Contemplation

Focus on maintaining changes that support healthy living.

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Maintenance

Support your relative in avoiding or dealing with high-risk situations.

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Action

Help identify your relative’s triggers for relapse.

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Relapse

Support your relative in developing realistic expectations and goals.

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Preparation

Celebrate and reinforce healthy behaviour.

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Maintenance

Support your relative as they weigh the pros and cons of substance use.

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Contemplation

Focus on making changes that will support healthier living.

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Action

Provide encouragement and support for getting back on track.

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Relapse

Support your relative as they make a plan.

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Preparation