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Managing Your Addiction

Making a change

Making the kind of life change it takes to overcome problems with alcohol, drugs, or gambling is not an event. It’s a journey.

Researchers have looked at how people make changes in their lives. This research shows that for a lot of people, the journey begins even before they start thinking about changing. And for those who succeed in changing, the journey goes on long after the actual change happens.

It helps to think of this journey of change as a series of steps. The journey is different for each person, but most people will go through at least one of the steps below at some time. You might even be at one of these steps right now.

Current as of: September 25, 2020

Author: Addiction and Mental Health, Alberta Health Services