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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Changing Old Habits for Good by G. Alan Marlatt, Deborah S. Romaine

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Chapter 4
Pause for PAWS: Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome
In This Chapter
• You’re not really losing your mind
• Forget the keys … where’s the car?
• As the mood swings
• Treat yourself to some fun
You’re not losing your mind. Really. No matter what anyone else says or implies, no matter how discombobulated you feel. You truly are experiencing a wide range of seemingly unrelated symptoms that have a lot to do with ditching those old habits. After all, you’re undergoing some major shifts.
Your brain and your body are working to right themselves, and in the process they’re doing a lot of off-loading and readjusting. Though the worst of the backlash—physical and emotional—punishes you in the first few days to weeks after you’ve evicted the old habit, ...

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