Alcoholics and drug addicts often reach a point where they become destructive not only toward others, but to themselves as well. Addictive behavior only allows an individual to sink deeper into the hole that they built for themselves, oftentimes pulling others along with them. To loved ones, the self-destructive behavior leads to a time of pain, confusion, and despair.
If you have a loved one who’s going through a pattern of self-destructive behavior due to heavy alcohol or drug use, you must have hoped and searched for ways to help him heal and change. Research shows that addicts have to go through some specific stages of change as they travel the road to recovery. These stages were first explained in James Prochaska and Carlo DiClemente’s Trans-theoretical Model of Change (1982).