I think there are studies that show, for instance, that if you tell people that you're going to do something like start working out, lose weight, finish this job etc. then you are less likely to actually do it because in saying you will do it your brain sees it like you actually did it. So it is better to not tell people you are going to do something and just do it. The one week mark is generally my biggest hurdle. Because that's when the cravings that require white-knuckling transform into a different feeling because your brain realizes that cravings are not causing you to relapse to the drug it wants. There are a number of emotions and mental states that my brain will cycle through until it gets what it wants ... unless I can make it a month+, then that slowly starts going away. Once my happy feeling comes back after a number of months and replaces the general anhedonia that is a necessary ingredient in relapse, things get way easier. One thing I am almost certain that my brain does to me, and I'm sure other people's brains might be using some other similar method, is getting me to relapse to alcohol, to get porn. I don't even like alcohol much anymore, but my brain knows if it can get some alcohol in me, the chance of relapse increases about 10 000%. And so drinking for me is like peeking at P subs, "ooooh it'll be alright, we can just have a few drinks or peek a little and avoid catastrophe". Always trying to get a freebie. This is THE MOST pathological thing about me (and clearly many others) ... Peeking or drinking ends in relapse, then a week later you think "I can do this and avoid catastrophe even though it's ended in catastrophe 100's of goddamn times" .... but I figure I'll try again, and again, and again, and again .... It's so FREAKING NUTS!