How Demi Moore is Rebuilding Her Life One Year After Splitting With Ashton Kutcher (INSIDE STORY)

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It's a new year and a new start for Demi Moore. With Thanksgiving having passed just a few days ago, Moore at last has something to be thankful for.

The actress -- who just turned 50 on Nov. 11 -- looked healthier and happier than she has for a long time when she was snapped walking through a Los Angeles park with a group of female friends Nov. 18.

The first anniversary of her break-up with Ashton Kutcher has also now passed, and although it must have brought back some painful memories there is no evidence to suggest that she is going to spiral out of control once again.

Psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Waterman from Morningside Recovery in Newport Beach believes that Moore is doing better, but warns that she still faces a battle to keep her life fully on track.

"Demi certainly does not look as thin and frail as she has done in the past," Waterman told Celebuzz, "and she did legitimately complete a 30-day program, but that is only a 'kick-start' and not a long term solution."

Waterman says Moore's recovery depends on the people she surrounds herself with in her life.

"Her recovery will continue as long as she has a good support system of friends around her and is still receiving treatment so that she can concentrate on the positive things in her life.

"At the moment the signs are encouraging, but it is very difficult for somebody like Demi Moore, who is constantly in the media spotlight, as it makes the probability of a relapse more likely."

And while her ex and his new lady love, Mila Kunis, were photographed kissing in Rome, Italy earlier this week, Moore still has to overcome the stressful proposition of finalizing a divorce from her husband of six years.

On top of that, she has to reconcile her relationship with her daughters with ex-husband Bruce Willis -- Rumer, 24, Scout, 21, and Tallulah, 18 -- who have reportedly distanced themselves from their mom because of her erratic behavior following her split from the Two and a Half Men star.

Waterman insists it's imperative that Moore gets help while dealing with her divorce and attempts to re-build her relationship with her family too.

"Seeing constant photographs of Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis will be really hurtful, but it is important that she copes with these feelings in a healthy way," she added.

"The divorce could be potentially very stressful too, so it is vital that she gets plenty of support and help while trying to remain amicable with Ashton throughout this process.

"She also has to try and repair relationships with her family and friends who she has let down in the past and set herself attainable life and career goals too.

"Demi can absolutely get her personal and professional life back on track, but it is going to take a lot of work and she cannot do it on her own."

So what does the Hollywood icon need to do to continue down a healthy path?

"She needs to maintain her physical health while trying to re-build her personal and professional life -- taking up charity work will help her maintain focus and give her some perspective," Waterman said.

"Hopefully, she will meet somebody in time and can continue to progress with her life in a healthy and positive fashion as she faces-up to a new year and the possibilities this can bring."

Other positive steps for Moore have included landing a part in Very Good Girls alongside Elizabeth Olsen and Dakota Fanning, plus renaming her joint charity to fight sexual exploitation of children from The Demi and Ashton Foundation to THORN: Digital Defenders of Children.

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