The Stages of Change model is most commonly used to explain how relapse in drug addiction happens. However it can also be applied to many individual's experiences in getting out of the The Game. Leaving isn't always a one-time event. You may leave the same pimp several times. You may leave a pimp but remain in The Game, choosing up with another pimp. Or you may leave The Game entirely only to find yourself pulled back in due to a relationship or financial circumstances.
1. Pre- Contemplation - The individual may be completely unaware a problem even exists. They have no intention in changing.
2. Contemplation - The individual becomes aware that there is a problem. They know it is there, but are not sure what to do, or if they want to do anything at all about it.
3. Preparation - The individual decides to take action. They believe that they are capable of making the change, and want to do it.
4. Action - The individual actively makes changes in their behavior and life to address the problem.
5. Maintenance - The individual continues to keep the changes they made, and they see the positive results. Good behaviors replace toxic ones.
6. Relapse - The individual experiences a trigger or situation that causes them to fall back to their old way of life.
Whatever your cycle might look like or where you are in the process right now, understand that it is common for the process to look this way. As you gain new knowledge and another level of stability, you continue to cycle upward until you are completely out. As a person goes through the cycle, gaining strength, the "relapses" are shorter the maintenance periods are longer.