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1Overview**Dont give up**Changing habits such as smoking, overeating, ordrinking too much can take a lot of effort, and yo...
2Overview**Dont give up**If one approach doesnt work, try something else.If a setback happens, get back on track as quickl...
3Reminder strategiesChange can be hard, so it helps to have concretereminders of why and how youve decided to do it.Some s...
4Reminder strategiesFill out a change plan, email it to your personal(non-work) account, store it in a private onlinefolde...
5Reminder strategiesSet up automated mobile phone or email calendaralerts that deliver reminders when you choose,such as a...
6Reminder strategiesCreate passwords that are motivating phrases incode, which youll reinforce each time you log in,such a...
7Social SupportOne potential challenge when people stop drinkingis rebuilding a life without alcohol. It may beimportant t...
8Social Supportfind rewarding ways to spend your time that dontinvolve alcoholask for help from othersWhen asking for supp...
9Social Supportnot using alcohol around yougiving words of support and withholding criticismnot asking you to take on new ...
10Social SupportConsider joining Alcoholics Anonymous or anothermutual support group (see resources). Recoveringpeople who...
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Don't give up
Changing habits such as smoking, overeating, or drinking too much can take a lot of effort, and you may not succeed with the first try. Setbacks are common, but you learn more each time. Each try brings you closer to your goal. Whatever course you choose, give it a fair trial.


If one approach doesn't work, try something else. If a setback happens, get back on track as quickly as possible. In the long run, your chances for success are good.


Research shows that most heavy drinkers, even those with alcoholism, either cut back significantly or quit.

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  1. 1. http://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=626Fitango EducationHealth TopicsRelapse
  2. 2. 1Overview**Dont give up**Changing habits such as smoking, overeating, ordrinking too much can take a lot of effort, and youmay not succeed with the first try. Setbacks arecommon, but you learn more each time. Each trybrings you closer to your goal. Whatever courseyou choose, give it a fair trial.
  3. 3. 2Overview**Dont give up**If one approach doesnt work, try something else.If a setback happens, get back on track as quicklyas possible. In the long run, your chances forsuccess are good.Research shows that most heavy drinkers, eventhose with alcoholism, either cut back significantlyor quit.
  4. 4. 3Reminder strategiesChange can be hard, so it helps to have concretereminders of why and how youve decided to do it.Some standard options include carrying a changeplan in your wallet or posting sticky notes at home.Also consider these high-tech ideas:
  5. 5. 4Reminder strategiesFill out a change plan, email it to your personal(non-work) account, store it in a private onlinefolder, and review it weekly.Store your goals, reasons, or strategies in yourmobile phone as short text messages or notepadentries that you can retrieve when an urge hits.
  6. 6. 5Reminder strategiesSet up automated mobile phone or email calendaralerts that deliver reminders when you choose,such as a few hours before you usually go out.(Email providers such as Gmail and Yahoo mailhave online calendars with alert options.)
  7. 7. 6Reminder strategiesCreate passwords that are motivating phrases incode, which youll reinforce each time you log in,such as 1Day@aTime, 1stThings1st!, or0Pain=0Gain.
  8. 8. 7Social SupportOne potential challenge when people stop drinkingis rebuilding a life without alcohol. It may beimportant to:educate family and friendsdevelop new interests and social groups
  9. 9. 8Social Supportfind rewarding ways to spend your time that dontinvolve alcoholask for help from othersWhen asking for support from friends or significantothers, be specific. This could includenot offering you alcohol
  10. 10. 9Social Supportnot using alcohol around yougiving words of support and withholding criticismnot asking you to take on new demands right nowgoing to a group like Al-Anon
  11. 11. 10Social SupportConsider joining Alcoholics Anonymous or anothermutual support group (see resources). Recoveringpeople who attend groups regularly do better thanthose who do not. Groups can vary widely, so shoparound for one thats comfortable. Youll get moreout of it if you become actively involved by havinga sponsor and reaching out to other members forassistance.

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