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Substance Use Continuum Model

The purpose of this wellness tool is to identify your substance use patterns so that you can self-monitor their effects on both yourself and others. The emphasis is on enabling you to take charge of your substance use so that you can have control over its impact on you and not the other way around. 

The colours on the continuum are oriented towards healthy use (green), and the way to severe (red) or intense substance use patterns.

The continuum was not created to judge or label you as having an illness or disorder. Rather it allows you to become more aware of your substance use and its overall impact on your daily life.

You can place yourself on the continuum based on a list of behaviours related to substance use.

The arrows show that you do not need to be stuck in one category, rather you can return to safe and controlled using that supports your mental health and well being.