4.10 Stages of Change: Addressing Chronic Substance Use Disorders


Conference Presentation | July 17, 2012

Files: Central City Concern Supportive Housing by Ed Blackburn (PDF | 1 MB | 15 slides)

Homeless people who have substance use disorders can be at different stages of the recovery process and consequently need different kinds of interventions. The stages of change paradigm – precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, maintenance, and relapse – is often used to assess people with substance use disorders. This workshop will describe how to tailor interventions for people in various stages of recovery, including strategies such as harm reduction approaches, treatment, drug-free housing, and various recovery support models.

The powerpoint presentations for this workshop are available for download above.


  • Ed Blackburn, Central City Concern, Portland, OR
  • Chuck Kieffer, The Cloudburst Group, Landover, MD (Moderator)
  • Rachel Post, Central City Concern, Portland, OR