How To Be Stronger Than Your Addiction

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HOW STRONG DO YOU THINK YOU ARE ?

Here is the question of a lifetime. "Are you stronger than your addiction?" Many of us that have an addiction of any kind, and in my case, an addiction to alcohol was the monkey on my back and has finally left my life and off my back.

It took many years to figure out how to be stronger than your addiction, but after many ups and downs the answer came to me, and that answer was something I thought I would never hear from my own addicted body.

There always comes a time in ones life that things have to change, whether you think it is right or wrong. With an addiction to alcohol it was time to say "enough is enough" . Time to man up to my addiction and show those demons just who is stronger, me or my alcohol demons. It was time to man up and to Grow Up once and for all, before it become too late.

You know, any of us that are addicted to drugs or alcohol tend to forget that we are not only hurting ourselves, but hurting the ones that love and care so much for us. I never realized how my addiction to alcohol effected other people. It really never crossed my mind because I was selfish, stupid and blinded to the outside world all because i was not strong enough to stand up and surrender to my addiction to alcohol.

WHAT I LEARNED AND HOW I BEAT MY ADDICTION

What I had learned before I decided to surrender to my addiction to alcohol was that having your mindset in place of what exactly you want out of life was a great start for me. I knew that negative thoughts would never work for me and will never work for anyone for that matter.

We all need that Positive attitude in life to be able to succeed and accomplish things you want to do and that includes having Sobriety back into your life.

When we drink alcohol we get depressed, sad, cry why me, fight, argue, think you are a better and stronger person. We think we are stronger and smarter than anyone, but it is the alcohol speaking for us and not our real selves.

  • I changed my attitude and started thinking positive.
  • I kept telling myself that I was stronger than my addiction.
  • I thought of all the great things I could do being clean and sober.
  • I thought of my family and how they felt about my addiction and about me.
  • When I finally got out of the denial I lived in for so long it helped me realize I did in fact have a problem with drinking alcohol and finally admitted it to myself and others.
  • Once I got that off my chest I began to work on a plan to beat my inner demons and that plan was to get stronger than them.
  • I told myself and will tell you, that these addictions we have will get us sooner or later and one way or another if you allow it, and you can take that to the bank because it is a sure thing, I assure you.
  • Our demons have no mercy on us and do not regret ever on ruining our lives and in some cases putting us in a early grave, losing our families and friends.
  • I didn't what to lose my life because of an addiction that I could overcome if I had the desire and willingness to do so.
  • I saw where my life was heading and knew I was going one way and that was down hill and going down fast and if I were to do nothing about it, I would eventually hit rock bottom and be buried alive by my own addiction.
  • So you see, I weighed out all the pros and cons of my drinking of alcohol and found NOTHING GOOD AT ALL about drinking alcohol.
  • Although, drinking alcohol does what it is supposed to do and that is to mess you up, get you drunk and ruin your life. Yes, it does a fine job doing those things, sad to say.
  • The only thing my inner demons were doing to me was getting me drunk, buzzed or whatever you want to call it and ruining my life, my family and everyone that cared about me.
  • That was good enough for me to see, so I had to something and do it fast in order to save my family and to save my own life.
  • Now, one year and nine months clean and sober and writing just about every night about my experiences, my thoughts on drinking alcohol and ways that helped me surrender to my addiction I feel as if I am giving back to myself and others in hopes to help anyone that has had or has a problem with alcohol.
  • I want everyone to know that it is very possible to be stronger than your addiction.

BE HAPPY, BE POSITIVE AND BE SOBER

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You would be surprised just how fast your life will start to change for the better after you have surrendered to you addiction. Mine changed so much for the better. I would have never believed it almost 2 years ago if someone would had told me, "quit drinking alcohol and your life will get better."

I am proof that there is a better life without your crutch and your addiction. You will feel like a new person once you are clean and sober and then wondering why you didn't quit drinking so much sooner, but better late than never right.

Go for it, get sober and start enjoying life like our God intended us to live it.

God Bless all those that are struggling with any kind of addiction at all and remember if you feel you can not do it on your own, there is always many professionals and wonderful Rehab Centers that will help you only if you ask for help. You have to want to help yourself before others can help you, but they are there for you. All you have to do is ASK.

WHAT A WONDERFUL LIFE

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Diana Paradigm 5 years ago from Troy, Alabama

My husband has also beaten an alcohol addiction. I'm proud of him, and I'm proud of you. Good job.


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the clean life 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Diana Paradigm , Thank you so much. It feels so wonderful to think clear and be sober every second of everyday. Tell your husband a huge Contrats from me please.

Thanks again!

Mark


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KoraleeP 5 years ago from Vernon British Columbia Canada

Awesome article! I hope a lot of people that are struggling with addictions have the opportunity to read it.

For a couple of years I worked in the inner city with people with various types of addictions. I have seen a lot people die from them, and it's so sad.


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Onusonus 5 years ago from washington

Excellent hub! Thumbs up.


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psychicdog.net 5 years ago

I agree - a hub that has wide relevance as it could apply to all addictions and to what used to be called temptations. Good on you for being stronger CL! and for pointing out how we effect other lives when we are selfish in our addiction.


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the clean life 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

KoraleeP, Thank you for your kind comment. I can't imagine how you felt seeing those people die when they were there for help. It is so sad, you are so right. I try to write every night about this and I sure hope that someone will benefit for it and surrender to their addiction.


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the clean life 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Onusonus , Thanks for reading. I'm so happy you enjoyed it.


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the clean life 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

psychicdog.net Thank you also my friend. It is always a pleasure hearing from you. It took a lot of years to realize I was not only hurting myself but everyone that loved and cared for me. That booze can really mess ones life up, but we do have the power inside us to leave it be. So glad I did.


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Daddyzz 5 years ago from NY

Thanks for the post. I didn't notice anything about AA in your post. Did you conquer your disease with just self-will? Or do you take "steps"?


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the clean life 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Daddyzz Thanks for you comment and no I did not attend any AA Meetings, 12 step programs at all. I just decided to surrender because I have had enough of that type of life. I thought of the date I would surrender and just quit drinking. Now one year and nine month sober. The best thing I have ever done in my life. You know, AA is great for some but if it isn't in your heart to quit, no meeting, Rehap Center or no one will make you quit. It is all in your mind and just how bad you want to stop drinking. I thought Positive and had that positive attitude telling myself over and over that I can do it and I did. Now I feel as if I never drank a drop of alcohol in my life. I never think about it but write about it very often in my hubs in hopes it will help someone else that there is always hope if you have the willpower and the strong desire to quit drinking.


Kathleen Kerswig 4 years ago

Good for you - breaking the cycle of any kind of addictvie behavior is not easy. I do know people who got clean and sober through 12-step programs. They said it worked for them because they were supported by people who had felt they way they felt. It's the concept of one alcoholic or addict relating to another. Sometimes it's good to know we are not alone in facing any challenges that come up for us. Thank you so much for sharing your experience here. That is a courageous thing to do.


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Kathleen Kerswig , Thank you so much for your comment and fan mail. It is very nice meeting you as well. I hope that what I write about will sooner or later help someone that is stuggling with an addiction and help them realize it's never too late to change your life around.

Mark


Kathleen Kerswig 4 years ago

That's what it's all about for me - if I can help just one person, then I know it was worth it. Keep up the good work.


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Kathleen I truly believe if enough people like you and I share our experiences and knowledge we will hit home for those that need help and they will realize they are not alone and that anyone can get sober with the right frame of mind and a strong desire to change their life around.


Kathleen Kerswig 4 years ago

I've learned that people lead by example. If anyone asks for help, that means the willingness is there and that means a lot. I'm glad we can work together sharing hope with those who are still suffering.


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Kathleen Kerswig, Yes we need to work together and try our hardest to get this most important words across to those that may have given up hope and think their life is over and it is not. They just need to ask for help like you said and someone will be there to give them the advise and support, just like what happened to me.

God Bless you Kathleen


Kathleen Kerswig 4 years ago

Blessings to you as well! I believe it is very important to let everyone know that there is always hope. Life finally begins in sobriety and that's an exciting message to send out to all who are beginning their journey. There is joy in recovery. :)


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Katheen, Although this is HP I just wrote this one on my blog. hope it is ok to post it here

http://www.thecleanlife-mark.blogspot.com


Kathleen Kerswig 4 years ago

Thanks for the link - I like the suggestions. I'm glad you shared it - the message is represented well. :)

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