Monument Nominates YOU To Write A Letter To Alcohol

Everyone has their own complex relationship with alcohol. No matter what that looks like, we should all be able to talk about it free of judgment. But we know that’s not always an easy thing to do. It takes a ton of self-reflection, a lot of bravery, and often, some encouragement and support. So we’re on a mission to empower as many people as possible to get talking. About the good, the bad, and everything in between. And if we’re successful, people will know that there is an infinite spectrum of how we relate to alcohol and that if they’re looking to change that relationship, they’re not alone.

Enter, #DearAlcohol.

We are inviting YOU to reflect on your relationship with alcohol by writing alcohol a letter. Whether it’s a breakup letter from years ago, a letter about needing space, about wanting different things, about finding your way back to each other, we’d love the world to hear it. Someone just might need to.

Here‘s how you can get involved.

Write a phone note/send a text: Write your letter in your phone notes and take a screenshot. Or send a text to yourself. Post it with #DearAlcohol in the caption on Instagram, and tag @joinmonument.

Share a photo: Post any photo that represents your relationship with alcohol (past or present) on Instagram. Include #DearAlcohol in the caption on Instagram, and tag @joinmonument.

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Dear Alcohol- You deceived me. You made me believe I needed you to be fun, sexy, and likable. You made me think I couldn't handle stress, grief, or disappointment without you. You made me feel like I couldn't celebrate life's joys without you by my side. You made me act like a different person by taking away my inhibitions designed to protect me. Our break up was hard, but I am so much happier now. I've forgotten your taste and your smell, but not your lies. And we will never, ever get back together. 𝓙𝓮𝓷𝓷𝓲𝓯𝓮𝓻 Visit @joinmonument to learn more about the #dearalcohol campaign, designed to raise awareness around the fact that everyone has their own complex relationship with alcohol, and no matter what that looks like, we should all be able to talk about it free of judgment. #endthestigma • • • #transformationtuesday #breakup #soberlife #alcoholfree #soberliving #beforeandafter #thenandnow #addiction #sobriety #shareyourstory #notashamed #soberissexy #livingmybestlife #recoveryherway #transformyourlife #sobermom

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Write an old-fashioned letter: Write out your letter to alcohol. Post a photo of your handwritten letter on Instagram. Include #DearAlcohol in the caption on Instagram, and tag @joinmonument.

Make a graphic: Type your letter into an Instagram Story and save it, or create a text graphic in Canva. Include #DearAlcohol and @joinmonument in your caption.

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#dearalcohol , It’s been 13 years since we broke up, but I think about our relationship often. From the first time our lips met, I knew you would forever change my trajectory. When we consumed each other, I felt my roaring insecurities dampened by your force. There was this weightlessness in the way you made me feel like the kind of man the world told me I needed to be. One day, I woke up to beer tinted oceans of anxiety that sipped away my shores. You became my air, and slowly I forgot how to breathe on my own. When we separated, my whole body craved just the scent of you. Over time I learned to live beyond your shadow. I found swirling love in a circle of your exes, who promised me that I could be whole again.

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Share anonymously: You don’t need to go public to reflect on your relationship with alcohol! Share your #DearAlcohol letter in the anonymous Monument community forum, and browse other stories.

Get creative!: Participate however feels right to you.

By sharing your story with the world, you’re helping break down the stigma, and build up people who might need the motivation to reflect on their own relationship with alcohol. Hopefully it feels good for you, too.

If you’re looking for more support to change your relationship with alcohol, join thousands of people making a change in the Monument CommunityWe’d love to have you.

Disclaimer: Our articles and resources do not constitute clinical or licensed therapy or other health care services. If you need counseling or therapy services please contact a licensed provider. If this is a medical emergency, call 911.

About the Author

Team MonumentMonument is an online platform for those looking to change their relationship with alcohol. We connect members to a free anonymous community, therapist-moderated groups, and a collection of resources to provide the support and information they deserve. Members seeking medical treatment are introduced to a licensed physician and a specialized therapist to develop a personalized treatment plan specific to their goals. Monument is affordable, accessible, and research-based, so a healthy relationship with alcohol is attainable and celebrated by all.