Ready to Make a Change

Are you concerned about your alcohol or other drug use? If the screening tool indicates that you are in the hazardous, harmful, or dependence category, it’s likely that alcohol is causing problems in your life.
Depending on your level of alcohol use, these problems can include the following:

• decline in physical and/or emotional health
• strained relationships with friends, family, and co-workers
• financial or legal problems
If you are reading this, it’s likely that you want to create a healthier, more rewarding life—and that alcohol or other drug use is undermining your best efforts at achieving this goal. If so, you are not alone. Millions of people have already faced their inability to control their alcohol and other drug use and have learned that the Twelve Step programs in their community, if followed conscientiously, can support abstinence.

This section will discuss how to deal with strong desires, urges, or thoughts about alcohol or other drug use and how to work a proven program of abstinence. This information is relevant for anyone who wants to come to terms with their inability to manage their alcohol or other drug use—whether they are still feeling ambivalent or are completely ready to embrace a new life free of mood-altering chemicals. If you want to try the Twelve Step process, the ideas and practices in Ready to Make a Change offer you a basic guide.
The information in this section is written with specific strategies in mind—including education, relapse prevention, and long-term abstinence—that represent the latest evidence-based practices and wisdom from the Hazelden Foundation, which has helped people with substance use problems since 1949.

If you’ve tried unsuccessfully to quit or cut down on your alcohol or other drug use—despite continued harmful consequences—we invite you to try this program. The information is available free and without obligation. Take it for a test drive and see if it works for you.