"Don’t dwell on the “good old days” – They weren’t that good."
Taking an honest look at the “less good things” that happened while drinking is one of the hardest things to do. When it comes to the use of alcohol, it is easier to focus on what we thought was fun. If we stay in this thinking, returning to the misuse of alcohol is almost inevitable. It is important to keep all memories in perspective. Complete positive thoughts of drinking with a negative ending. For example if you think “a drink would be really nice right now,” change the thought to “I could get caught and lose going to grad school, and my significant other would definitely end our relationship.”
A few tips to remember:
- Never associate intoxication as pleasure.
- Reminiscing is a symptom of psychological dependence.
- Friends who drink a lot are likely to support and encourage the part of your brain that likes to drink.
- Healthy socializing keeps us sane and is just as fun.
Hang on to the success you have made.