What is the maintenance stage of change for alcoholism?

Updated: Nov 27, 2018
  • Author: Warren Thompson, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Maintenance is the final and most mature stage of change. During the maintenance stage, motivational efforts are directed toward promoting hard won gains and preventing slips. Relapse prevention efforts are sustained by the patient's appreciation of specific environmental and biobehavioral triggers, which contribute to recurrence. See Follow-up.


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