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 “We continue to be willfully blind to the damage done by a deadly, damaging and commonly used drug: alcohol.” - Andre Picard

Day 19: Recognize when you Romanticize

Welcome to Day 19!

No matter why you started to question - or even end permanently - your relationship with alcohol, once enough time has passed, you will probably romanticize the part alcohol played in your lifestyle.

In fact, after you've put some space between your life with alcohol and your present situation, we are more likely to shine a positive light on our drinking past — to remember the good times instead of the bad, to minimize the conflicts you encountered, and and to block out any memories of the drama or problems that led to you wanting to take a break from drinking.

While it definitely feels better to remember the nice stuff, it’s important for you to know that, when we only remember the good parts of our relationship with alcohol, and block out the difficult or challenging events, we engage in what therapists call "romanticizing" our relationship with alcohol — thinking of it in a similar way we would a love story in a movie, rather than recalling it as it actually was, with the blackouts, hangovers, arguments and all.

But the truth is, it's important to start seeing alcohol for what it is. It's a known carcinogen that can cause death, destruction, depression and dismay. Viewing alcohol this way - in a new perspective - is especially helpful for me when I start to romanticize bringing alcohol back into my life...

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FOLLOW THE NEXT STEPS TO COMPLETE DAY 19

  1. Watch the Recognize when you Romanticize video and remember the tips for when you find yourself starting to glorify your relationship with alcohol

  2. Say your Daily Mantra "I must recognize when I romanticize."

  3. Head over to the Private Facebook Group and join us to share that you completed Day 19 (or share your favorite way to remember the truth about your relationship with alcohol - and why you want to break up in the first place!)

  4. Send any questions you may have to me at kim@100dayssober.com. I want us all to have a successful 30-Day Reset so let me know how I can help.

  5. Want more?