"Goodbye Letter to Alcohol Template"

What Is a Goodbye Letter to Alcohol?

When you have decided it is time to part ways with alcohol, a good therapeutic way to announce your decision is by writing a Goodbye Letter to Alcohol.

Since this letter is not addressed to an actual person, it can be written as a journal entry, traditional letter, or whatever format that best fits you. Your goal is to tell alcohol that it will no longer be part of your life by using a long or short Goodbye Letter to Alcohol to express your feelings. If you choose, you can save the letter, send it off in the mail, or share it with your counselor.

A Goodbye Letter to Alcohol template can be found through the link below.

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How to Write a Goodbye Letter to Alcohol?

To create your own Goodbye Letter to Alcohol, you can follow these tips:

  1. Date.
  2. The name of the alcohol or drink you are saying goodbye to.
  3. Opening salutations.
  4. This letter can be written in a number of ways. You can choose to talk about how long you have been using alcohol, memories attached to alcohol, or even humorous stories connected to alcohol. Since alcohol can often be deeply connected to a person's life there will be both positive and negative events connected to it and you will want to consider which ones you would like to add (if any) to your letter.
  5. At some point in your letter, you will want to include a strong stance that you are writing this letter to say goodbye to alcohol permanently. No matter the length of your letter, this is the most important statement of the letter and you want to make it clear what your intentions are with alcohol and that it will have no part in your future life. If it helps, you could include future plans that will not involve alcohol as a way to encourage yourself to continue pursuing a sober life.
  6. For example, you could write, "to my future self, I look forward to crossing the finish line as I finish my first marathon in one's year's time, sober and proud of what I have accomplished."
  7. Wrap the letter by restating your commitment to sobriety and any closing thoughts that will help give you closure with alcohol or additional words of encouragement to yourself.
  8. Closing salutations.
  9. Your name and signature.

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Goodbye Letter to Alcohol
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D ate
Dear Alcohol,
You have been the one constant in my life. I have never known a time when you
weren’t important to someone close to me or to me.
When I joined the dance with you, you appeared benign even helpful. You gave me
confidence, made me bigger, louder, and funnier than the person I felt I was. You
were my side-kick in all my adventures whether here at home or overseas. You helped
me forget difficult memories and emotions and smoothed over the rough edges in my
life.
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
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Describe why you decided to give up your relationship with alcohol
This is when I began to realize that our relationship was problematic and was having a
serious impact on my other now important relationships.
I began to bargain with you, set myself limits about how often and how long and I
tried to stay away from you. Plus our time together had changed. Before it was mostly
fun and I enjoyed our time together whereas now this seemed to have gone and had
been replaced by something darker. I was more out of control in our time together and
this scared me. You seemed to have taken the upper hand in the relationship and were
more insistent and controlling.
I was also trying to give up other relationships that had served me well up until that
point but that I could no longer ignore was damaging. But that relationship was also
linked to my time with you and so when I stopped this relationship with
_______________________ I knew I had to stay away from you too, at least until I
had got over that one and could spend time with you and not miss them.
You grew angry at my withdrawal and would harp incessantly in my ear until I would
relent and come back to you but the next day I would hate you and hate myself for
giving in. This pull and push has gone on for _______________________ and now I
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Goodbye Letter to Alcohol
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D ate
Dear Alcohol,
You have been the one constant in my life. I have never known a time when you
weren’t important to someone close to me or to me.
When I joined the dance with you, you appeared benign even helpful. You gave me
confidence, made me bigger, louder, and funnier than the person I felt I was. You
were my side-kick in all my adventures whether here at home or overseas. You helped
me forget difficult memories and emotions and smoothed over the rough edges in my
life.
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
Describe why you decided to give up your relationship with alcohol
This is when I began to realize that our relationship was problematic and was having a
serious impact on my other now important relationships.
I began to bargain with you, set myself limits about how often and how long and I
tried to stay away from you. Plus our time together had changed. Before it was mostly
fun and I enjoyed our time together whereas now this seemed to have gone and had
been replaced by something darker. I was more out of control in our time together and
this scared me. You seemed to have taken the upper hand in the relationship and were
more insistent and controlling.
I was also trying to give up other relationships that had served me well up until that
point but that I could no longer ignore was damaging. But that relationship was also
linked to my time with you and so when I stopped this relationship with
_______________________ I knew I had to stay away from you too, at least until I
had got over that one and could spend time with you and not miss them.
You grew angry at my withdrawal and would harp incessantly in my ear until I would
relent and come back to you but the next day I would hate you and hate myself for
giving in. This pull and push has gone on for _______________________ and now I
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am sick of you, sick of the way you make me feel and think about myself, sick of the
stupid things I say and do when with you and I don’t enjoy your company anymore.
So I have decided to say goodbye. This decision is about me and no one else and has
been one of the hardest I have ever had to make but I feel stronger and more confident
in myself and my life without you.
I have fond memories of you in the beginning but we can’t recreate those early days
and I know that we never will. What was once benign is now very much malignant
and I must move on. It is time to forge a new path without you.
Goodbye,
_______________________________
Sender’s Name
_______________________________
Sender’s Signature
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