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Elizabeth Hartney, PhD

Keeping Your New Year's Resolution

By January 5, 2013

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If you made a New Year's Resolution to work on your addiction, congratulations! You may be wondering how to keep on track. Here are some tips:

- Avoid situations, and even people, who might trigger cravings.

- Recognize that changing an addictive behavior usually involves a fair bit of lifestyle change -- so start preparing now.

- If you fall off the wagon, get right back on again! Relapse is part of the normal process of change.

- If you find that changing your addictive behavior is more difficult than you thought, it might be time to get some extra help. Your doctor can often help, and give you referrals to addiction treatment services, and/or other mental health services.

- Remember, you are doing this for yourself, not for anyone else. Don't let pressure from other people annoy you into giving up on something that will improve your life.

Good luck!

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