Social support — whether from friends, family, a spouse or support groups (online or off) — makes a huge difference in whether you'll be able to kick your bad habit. Find a few people in advance whom you can talk to when you have urges to relapse. Also try several support groups to see which are most helpful. For most addictions, 12-step support groups are usually the most widely available, but if these programs do not appeal, there are many others: SMART Recovery, Moderation Management, SOS, Women for Sobriety and others specific to particular addictions or habits. Social support doesn't have to be formal or organized — if your loved ones support your choice to quit. But if your closest friends and family tend to egg on your bad habits, you need to find alternative sources of support.
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