Can Willingness And Determination Overcome An Addiction In Your Life

Willingness and Determination

If you have the willingness and determination in life, you can over come just about anything in life, but can willingness and determination overcome an addiction in your life? You bet it can!

With the right frame of mind, having a positive attitude and getting the right help to get clean and sober you will be able to achieve long term sobriety. Without the will and determination to get sober you will remain in the world of addiction you now live in.

The alcoholic needs to want sobriety in his/her life and also needs to want to get the help needed in order to achieve sobriety and live a happy and healthy life.

What I have found out in the last two plus years of sobriety, is that if you want something bad enough in your life, you can and will achieve it, and once you do, you will feel so proud of yourself by the accomplishments you have made just as I have conquered my addiction to alcohol and by getting and staying sober.

I have also learned that having a positive attitude in life can change the world you live and for myself, I keep a positive attitude when I decided to stop drinking alcohol and that positive attitude continues to help me through each and everyday of my life.

These things I speak of, not only in this hub, but every single article I write regarding drinking alcohol and ways to get clean sober are from my personal experiences and ways that helped me achieve my long term sobriety. Any person that has any type of addiction can indeed overcome it, whether it be drugs, alcohol, sex, porn, hoarding, eating and many other addictions can get out of these addictions if you have that willingness and determination to do so,

I can't stress enough how living life sober can change anyone's life if you just give sobriety a chance. So many people that have any of these addictions forget what it feels like to be addiction free. They live their lives with these addictions trapping them and running and ruining their lives. Any addiction will wind up in the end running and ruining your life, but the thing is, you have to stop it from happening and the only way to do this is having that willingness and determination to change your life.

You can't expect people to help you if you don't want to help yourself, and it's that simple.


Ways to Be Determined and Succeed

If you have determination and the will to succeed in life than anything is possible including regaining your sobriety. These are some of the things I thought of when i decided to change my life and live it clean and sober:

  • First I thought of the pros and cons of drinking alcohol verses being clean and sober.
  • It didn't take me long to figure out that drinking alcohol was killing me and my family.
  • I knew that drinking alcohol was ruining my life and everyone around me so it was the time to get out of the denial I lived in for so long and make a promise to (myself) that I would never drink a drop of alcohol ever again.
  • I looked at all the stupid things I did over the years, such as, bad financial decisions, bad purchases, and all the things that go with not thinking straight because of all the booze that has taken my body over and having that foggy mind.
  • I wanted to succeed and have more out of my life, but the addiction to alcohol was holding me back, but I finally realized it and made that change in my life.
  • I had to believe in myself more and respect myself more as well.
  • I wanted to give a second chance to (the one and only life I had.)

These are just a few things that made me have the willingness and determination to get clean and sober and I do believe that many of these things will hit home to those that are suffering from an addiction to alcohol. If you truly want a better life and get out of this nasty alcohol addiction you need to take action and do something about it. Change your life before it maybe too late. Sorry to say that, but it is very true. ACT NOW!

© 2012 Mark Bruno

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Right on my friend; keep telling your story. If you help just one person it will have been worth it all.


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

billybuc, Thanks much! Yes so true if I only help one person it will make it all worth wild. It would make me a very happy person if someone would say what I wrote changed their life. Thanks for your kind words !!


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Eliminate Cancer 4 years ago from Massachusetts

I love that you prove that we all have the power and strength inside us to do this!! I know 12 step programs work for some people, but admitting you don't have control over alcohol, and giving it over to something else, to me reinforces a feeling of weakness - that you can't do it - it is so easy to slip up. Maybe it's a little harder to fight through it, sit down and logically work it all out, make decisions and ACT on it - but it's an empowering way to do it - to me, that feels like the right way - great hub!!


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Eliminate Cancer, Thank you for your comment and for taking the time to read this. I am one of those that never went to meetings or AA. I thank God I was able to do this on my own, but as you said, 12 step works for some but not everyone.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

Wonderful hub. One of the things that helps people who don't go to AA is the "One day at a time" This is true. If someone if having a problem, they can think " Why don't I just stay sober today?" Not this week or this year or the rest or my life. Just today. That is just what I was thinking.

You do have fantastic hubs!


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Neal Seifert 4 years ago from PA

Nice Hub!! Thanks for sharing!! 12 Step are for the ones that lost GOD. 12 Steps help to reconnect to GOD.


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

@ Michele Travis, Hi Michele and thanks for commenting. sorry I has taking me so long to reply to your comment. Anyone in life seems to always look so far into the future and they forget about the day they are living in. One day at a time is so so true. BTW...how are you making out with the horse farm as far as getting it running again. Any luck of finding someone to help you?


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

@ Neal, wow I never thought of it that way and you have just hit the nail on the head. I have nothing against 12 step or AA at all. It's just I was fortunate enough that I didn't need it to get sober. I had the willingness and desire to get sober God took it from there. He gave me the strength to do it all!


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

Hi Neal, we have found a few volunteers to help us, and they are doing a lot. But with the economy being what it is, nobody is tryin to help us economically. I can understand that. Besides it would take a lot of money to fix up. Life is what it is. You know what I mean about that part :)


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Michele, Thanks for the comment and I am real glad you are making some progress finding some volunteers to help out.


Jax 4 years ago

I'm happy to have read this article :)


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

@ Jax, thanks for reading and commenting. I hope it was helpful to you.


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bigzorro 4 years ago from Germany

Willingness and determination is crucial of course. On my way to becoming sober I did yoga and meditation exercises regularly. This helped me to calm my nerves. Also I did a lot of sports which helped me to regain my bodily fitness.

Really superb advice from you !


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

bigzorro Thank you so much for your comment and your kind words. Congrats on your sobriety as well. Great points from you too regarding what you have done to help you stay sober.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

How heartening to read how your story of how you stopped drinking. I am sure it will be an encouragement to anyone who has reached the stage you were at when you decided to stay sober. Thank you for sharing your story.


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Melovy, Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to read my hub. I sure hope it helps many people to realize sobriety is possible if you truly want it bad enough.

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