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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