PRD:109  Habit Change



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.


(NOTE:  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  



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.


LACK OF ASSERTIVENESS  A quick-read "Tip Sheet" that is a good, short introduction to the subject.  Includes a self-test.  From Tufts HR Department. From an online book by Clayton Tucker-Ladd, Psychological Self-Help. Includes a section on steps to assertiveness, as well as "how-tos" on other communication skills such as empathy, conflict resolution, and social/dating skills.  Comprehensive and solid.  An essay on assertiveness from the Counseling Center of the U. of Illinois.



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.


MONEY TROUBLES  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.


INTERNET ADDICTION   Sponsored by the Center for Online Addiction, this site gives insight into the lure of Internet addiction and provides resources for overcoming it.


PROCRASTINATION/TIME MANAGEMENT Overcoming and preventing procrastination are highlights of this excellent web resource.  Includes documents on related topics such as text anxiety and overcoming perfectionism. An online study skills workshop designed by Sherry K. Lynch and Lori R. Kogan.  Excellent information. Other workshops in the series include: How to increase textbook reading comprehension. Strategies to improve test performance. Strategies for improving concentration and memory.