April 22, 2016

Kubler-Ross Grief Cycle Model

The Grief Cycle Model was developed in the 1960s by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, a Swiss psychologist who specialised in working with terminally ill cancer patients and their families. She noticed that both the cancer sufferers and their families tended to move through a similar emotional process.

The really fascinating thing is that this emotional process also seems to occur with people in recovery from addiction.

According to the Grief Model, there are five main stages: DenialAngerBargainingSadnessAcceptance.

The movement through these stages is not lineal: someone may be both angry and sad, for example. But the Kubler-Ross model does seem to accurately describe emotional processes that many recovering addicts will share, and knowledge of it is useful both for addicts and their families.