Quitting your addiction is the easy part. Staying quit is the hard part.
Mark Twain said, “Quitting smoking is easy. I’ve done it dozens of times.”
Dr. John F. Kelly estimates relapse rates at 75 percent. In order to secure lasting recovery, Kelly suggests five phases to the process.
- Precontemplation: not yet ready for change
- Contemplation: ready for change
- Decision: new course is adopted
- Action: new behaviors
- Maintenance: behaviors sustained over time
If you are to live out a healthy recovery, void of relapse, know this – there are no shortcuts. Embrace the process. Get started today.
Recovery Step: Jesus warned us to “sin no more” (John 8:11).