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TLC - January 2016
Did you make a New Year's resolution about hair pulling, skin picking, nail biting, or other BFRBs*? Here at TLC, we like to focus on positive changes we can make to reduce the impact of these behaviors on our lives.

Here are five ways to get started and TLC resources to help you achieve your goals.
TLC's Treatment Provider Referrals are updated daily - Check your state for treatment provider referrals or try an online program or an app to help you track your progress. 

Join Dr. Fred Penzel for a live webinar on Relapse Prevention Strategies - free for TLC donor members and only $10 for those of you that have not decided to join yet. Learn more here.  A comprehensive approach to change, including taking care of your mind, body and spirit, can help reduce BFRB triggers. Dr. Renae Reinardy explains how in this free article,  Treating the Whole Person: A Personal User's Guide. You can also use the charts and tips in this article on helping yourself overcome BFRBs.
Join an  in-person or online support group. Or, start a support group of your own!  Support groups help you end the isolation caused by BFRBs,  learn recovery tools, and stay motivated.
Talking about BFRBs decreases the shame and embarrassment of having them. Need help talking to your family? Share this Dad to Dad videoOr  print/email these FAQs to help get the conversation started.

Sometimes putting our experiences down in writing can help process emotions surrounding BFRBs.  Sharing your story will also help break the stigma for others. Submit your story, essay, artwork or poem and get inspired by inspirational stories from others here >>

What goals have you set for the New Year, and how do you plan to achieve them?  

To peaceful hands in 2016,
Your friends at TLC

*BFRBs, or Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors, include trichotillomania, skin picking (excoriation) disorder, onychophagia, and other similar behaviors.


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