Join a small group class where class members support
each other in making positive changes in their lives! The course description is below:
PRD:109 Habit Change Learn what the experts
have discovered about changing a habit; use this information to overcome a
self-defeating habit or develop a healthy habit. Possible goals:
quitting smoking or drinking, starting an exercise program,
controlling overeating, and so on.
Topics will include the stages of change, twelve change processes,
and rebounding from relapse.
Mental health professionals who are interested in more information
about the Habit Change curriculum can visit Meg Selig’s commercial website,
For those of you who want to begin researching your
habit change, a variety of specific habit links to Internet sites are
below. If you would like to
see a new section devoted to your particular habit, e-mail Professor Meg
Selig at email@example.com.
The Alcoholics Anonymous website. This abstinence-based, 12-step
recovery program was founded in 1935 and is now worldwide. Free,
voluntary fellowship of those who want to attain sobriety. You can
read the "Big Book" of AA, the classic work describing the
origins and principles of AA, on-line at this site.
Standing for "self-management and recovery training," Smart
Recovery is an abstinence-based recovery program based on Albert Ellis'
rational-emotive therapy (RET). On-line and face-to-face mutual help
groups that deal with all addictive behaviors including alcohol.
Moderation Management (MM) "is a behavioral change program and
national support group network for people concerned about their
drinking." This 9-step program provides information about
alcohol, moderate drinking guidelines, and behavior management skills such
as self-monitoring and goal-setting. After an initial period of
abstinence, either moderation or abstinence can be chosen as a goal.
Founded in 1973 by Jeane Kirkpatrick, Women for Sobriety (WFS) was
developed as a unique support group and philosophy for women
alcoholics. WFS attempts to build self-esteem and confidence in women
through 13 affirmations--the "New Life Program"--that emphasize
personal credit for abstinence, personal responsibility for life
choices, and the ability to choose happiness on a daily basis.
Website of the American Lung Association. Offers an on-line
smoking cessation program, data on the effects of smoking, and more.
Center for Disease Control website. There is an on-lin pamphlet
here, "You Can Quit Smoking," plus the Surgeon General's report,
and other useful information.
Support and techniques for quitting smoking and conquering the
"Nicodemon." The site is operated in association with the Boston
University School of Public Health.
Good information on weight control and healthy dieting as well as eating
disorders, exercise, helping your overweight child, etc. Part of the
National Institutes of Health website.
A commercial website, but an excellent one nonetheless. Visitors
can assess their stage of readiness to lose weight, take a quiz to find
their ideal fitness buddy, read a discussion of common misperceptions about
weight loss, and discover their "fitness personality."
Website of the American Anorexia Bulemia Association. General
information about eating disorders (anorexia, bulemia, and binge eating),
risk factors, referral resources, etc.
Website of the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated
Disorders. Facts about eating disorders, warning signs, how to
confront a person with an eating disorder, types of therapies
available. Operates a hotline.
A 12-step program to help individuals recover from "compulsive
debting." Provides a self-test to evaluate debt problems and
lists warning signs.
Though this site currently resembles a neon sign on the Las Vegas strip,
there is help here. Individuals can learn how to get out of debt,
decide if they should file for bankruptcy, and how to face a variety of
money issues. All sorts of help, by phone, e-mail, or in person. Be
aware that this non-profit organization is funded by both creditors and
clients; formerly free to clients, most offices now charge a monthly fee.
A 12-step program for those who want to overcome problem gambling. A
"Q and A" to assess the problem and a list of signposts of
problem gambling are included.
Sponsored by the Center for Online Addiction, this site gives insight
into the lure of Internet addiction and provides resources for