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weeks. In general, studies of relapse prevention have shown it to be
effective (Irvin, Bowers, Dunn & Wang, 1999). 
Relapse is an ever present danger. But if successful, victory is sweet.
Additional reading
Miller, W. (1980). The Addictive Behaviors, Elmsford, NY:
Pergamon Press. 
Chiauzzi, E. J. (1991). Preventing relapse in the addictions.
New York: Pergamon Press. 
Wilson, P. H. (Ed.). (1992). Principles and practice of relapse
prevention. New York: The Guilford Press.
Birkedahl, N. (1990). The habit control workbook. Oakland, CA:
New Harbinger Publications. 
Motivation training—increasing your drive level
As discussed in chapters 4 and 14, our motivation, self-concept,
attributions, and other cognitions (thoughts) have an enormous
influence on our behavior...and on our emotions, perceptions, bodies,
etc. Frankly, I believe motivation is our psychological "black hole"--an
important, powerful force which we scientifically know very little about
thus far. We don't know what makes one person become highly
motivated, driven to become an Olympic athlete or an outstanding
scholar, while another similar person in their mid-twenties has no
goals, wants only to be supported by his/her parents and avoid work. 
Chapter 4 has a large section about achievement motivation,
attributions associated with achievement, the need to under-achieve,
and attitudes or personality factors that enhance academic success.
Chapter 14 provides many suggestions for building the self-concept,
expectations, and inspiration that lead to heightened motivations. The
ideas in chapters 4 and 14 will not be repeated here. 
Purpose
To increase your drive and determination to achieve your
important goals. 
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