Remember the Bad Times When Alcohol Made You Sick
If you’re trying to overcome an alcohol problem, a crucial step is to constantly remind yourself of all the negative experiences. Since you’re reading this article, you’ve had a lot of negative experiences involving alcohol.
The power of negativity that will help you remember all the reasons why you started drinking. It will also help you recall why, at some point in your life, you decided that you had a problem. Looking back on these “bad times” will help you continually remind yourself WHY it is that you wanted to change in the first place.
When you focus on these negative experiences, and remember how you FELT, you’ll quickly find yourself building up a resolve to “not go down that road again.” But, this resolve won’t just come magically to you if you attempt to “block out” all these bad experiences. On the contrary, you have to DELIBERATELY remember the bad times to continually reinforce your commitment to a healthy lifestyle.
What negative experiences got you to the point of saying “enough is enough”? How many times did you get sick? How much money have you wasted? Did you get in an accident, or forget what you did? How much of LIFE did you miss out on because drinking alcohol was the most important thing?
Use the Power of Negativity to Remove Alcohol from Your Life
To clarify, a positive attitude (coupled with positive actions) is essential to become a healthier, happier person. You need to view both your present circumstances, and your future life, with an optimism grounded in healthy habits.
However, do not underestimate the power of negativity in your desire to remove bad habits from your life. In my article 10 Steps to Quit Drinking Alcohol, I noted that you should remember (and feel) the negative experiences you had while drinking alcohol. By “re-living” it from time to time, you will constantly refresh your memory as to exactly WHY you wanted to stop drinking alcohol in the first place.
Remind yourself on a daily basis about how bad things WERE for you when you drank too much. And how bad you felt when alcohol made you sick. Be thankful that now you are over that addiction, and that alcohol no longer controls you.
Whether you wish to stop drinking completely, or drink in moderation, remember to use the power of negativity to remember the bad times when you abused alcohol. Before you know it, you’ll develop the resolve to NEVER go down that road again. ♦