The maintenance stage is the last and typically longest phase of the transtheoretical model of change. During this phase, you work to support your new, healthy lifestyle and continue to make positive choices.
What Happens During the Maintenance Phase?
The main goal during this phase is to maintain the progress you’ve made so far in the change cycle. It’s normal to celebrate how far you've come and set boundaries that keep you on track.
The maintenance phase also involves identifying potential triggers and creating solutions that help you avoid them. Triggers can lead to cravings, so look for patterns that might make you want to use drugs again. For example, hanging out with a friend that you used to get high with can trigger a craving.