How To Stop Gambling: The 6 Stages Of Change

How To Stop Gambling: The 6 Stages Of Change


[Narrator] You are here
and you are also here.
Imagine that’s new you and old you.
See, new you is just like well, you
but to start on the journey
to a healthy lifestyle
by simply contemplating change,
yup, just thinking about it.
In fact, it simply starts
with you, right now
in this moment, considering change.
There, it’s done.
This is called pre-contemplation.
And it’s part of the
six stages that happen
as we work towards
changing gambling behavior.
Pre-contemplation,
contemplation, preparation,
action, maintenance, termination and goal.
Really, if you think about it,
you watching this video
really means that you’ve moved
past the pre-contemplative stage
and you’re somewhere in
the contemplative stage.
The contemplation stage means
that you’re planning to change
in the next six months or so.
From contemplation comes preparation
and this could be as
simple as you planning
a different route home from work
or it can be as detailed
as a full moment-to-moment itinerary.
Then, it’s about putting
your planning to action
and working on changing your behavior.
We’ve used a hamster wheel as a metaphor
for hard work.
But in reality, this could be anything
from counseling to mindfulness,
to running around the block.
Remember, change doesn’t
happen all at once.
It takes time and effort
and most importantly the
determination to change.
But even small steps
can lead to big change.
Maintenance is about sustaining
your changed behavior
and resisting relapse.
So it might be about jumping
back on your hamster wheel
when you need to
as time on the wheel is
time away from gambling.
Before long, you’ll
arrive at your destination
and end goal.
Zero temptation to
return to old behaviors.
Say goodbye to old you
and hello new you for good!
Remember, behavior change
starts with one person.
You!
And the simple thought that you can change
because you can!

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