Living On The Edge Of Addiction

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The Fine Line

Do you think you are living on the edge of addiction, or do you think that an addiction won't grab you and take you to a place you will never forget?

If you think you have a problem with drinking alcohol, how close do you think you are to being addicted to the alcohol and not being able to stop at that line of just drinking sociable to being addicted and abusive?

There is that fine line "in my opinion" of just drinking alcohol socially, to abusing alcohol to the point that you need it everyday of your life.

Which person do you think you are? The social drinker every once in a while or do you need it everyday of your life? I can tell you that in my case I started out drinking as an experiment with my friends and before you knew it I like it so much that I wanted it to be a part of my everyday life because of the feeling alcohol gave me. I am very sure there are thousands upon thousands of people that did the same thing and before you knew it you were addicted to the one thing that can and will ruin our lives.

Which Side of the Line Are You on ?

Do you know which side of the line you are on? Can you honestly say you don't have an addiction to alcohol, or are you living in a world of denial?

So many of us that drink alcohol think to ourselves we don't have an addiction to alcohol even though many people tell us we have a problem. I was the same way years ago thinking everyone was nuts thinking I have a alcohol problem. I clearly thought there was no problem at all, until one day I stopped and took a real hard look at my life and where my life was heading.

I saw that things were starting not to work out the way I thought they should when I was planning something to do or accomplish. I realized there was something wrong in my life , but still never wanted to admit it had to do with the alcohol I was drinking.

Now the problem was, what I was going to do about this so called addition to alcohol I had? You know, none of us that drink and abuse alcohol are stupid people by any means. Where all are smart enough to realize that we have a problem, but the thing is, we just don't want to admit it and get out of the denial we are living in. The reason is that the buzz and feeling that alcohol gives us make us feels so nice and we are the happiest person alive, (or are we). But in some case the alcohol makes others act like a mad man full of argue.and rage after they get enough alcohol into their system. Those are the ones that should never ever drink! They bring harm to them self and to innocent others as well.

Once you get out of denial and start to see the true life you were living is when you can start to make a change in your life from addiction to sobriety. Please never think sobriety is bad or something that will hurt you just because you remember all the fun times you had drinking alcohol and you wonder and think that sobriety is not fun and never will be. The is so untrue, because sobriety will indeed make you life and all those around you be the happiest time in your life.

So please think long and hard of what you are doing to your life if you cross over that fine line to addiction. Your body, and all those that love and care so much for you will be the happiest people in the world if you take that huge step backwards from that line of addiction you are about to cross.

Never give up hope on yourself, and always remain positive in everything you do in life and that includes getting and staying sober. Remember, sobriety will never hurt or kill you, it's the addiction to alcohol that will shorten your life, and in time kill you if you don't have the strength and the willingness to give up drinking alcohol and live the life of sobriety that you deserve so much.

Believe me once you get a taste of living life sober you will wish you never started to abuse alcohol.

Living in Denial

© 2012 Mark Bruno

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

You are very brave and inspiring to share these thoughts. I am glad you have overcome these things. I hope that this touches and assists many who read it. Well done.


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

@ Tammy- Thank you so much for your comment and kind words Tammy. All the best to you !!


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anusujith 4 years ago from Nilambur, Kerala, India

Inspiring thought...


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ziyena 4 years ago from Southern Colorado

Paying this one forward on pinterest :)


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onegreenparachute 4 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

I firmly stand on my side of the line and have done so for almost (next month!) twenty-three years. Whee-Hoo! Great hub! Thanks.


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

anusujith- Thank you for reading and your comment.


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

ziyena- Thank you for your comment and for sending this to Pinterest. BTW Welcome to HP as well.


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

onegreenparachute- Thanks for your comment and a huge congrats to you for staying strong and on the right side of the line. Good for you:)


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ruthclark3 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Thanks for your efforts to carry the message of recovery. It takes what it takes to break through the denial, but once through, one can never go back - at least not successfully.

I once heard it said that there was only one thing that needed to change and that was everything!

Once a person is detoxed and free from the physical hold, then comes the mental and spiritual growth.

Sobriety is a state of mind (a rather simplistic way to say it)and the urges that one gets begins in the mind.

That's why the thinking has to change. The "playpens and playmates" have to be changed.

Many "slips" come about because a recovering person goes back to old haunts with old companions before they are strong enough spiritually to not be affected.

However, once the spiritual awakening has taken place the alcoholic can go anywhere on the planet without being tempted; or, being tempted, is able to say, "No."

Alcohol is no longer a problem simply because the alcoholic has changed. Again, thank you!! This gets a vote up for interesting, useful.


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Carrie Terry 4 years ago from golden, colorado

I lve reading the stuff you write. It helps me better understand my addiction and what I am going through in my sobriety. I hav 2 years sober and after a lot of pushing from my family and friends and finding out how to do it, I am also writting my addiction story with amazon. You inspire me.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

This is another important piece of wisdom that others will benefit from hearing. I hope that it prevents many from harming themselves further.


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

@ Ruth- Thank you so much for your comment and you are so right about the mind. When I quit drinking I had to steer away from my old drinking buddies and kind of stay alone. Stay far away from all bars and any parties I was invited to until I felt comfortable being around people that were drinking. Now 2 1/2 years later i go to bars, parties and in 2 weeks my daughter's wedding with the booze flowing and it doesn't bother me one bit. I have in my mind positive things only and I know what will happen to me if I take one sip of alcohol and I have worked too hard getting to where I am now being sober and I would never torture myself by starting to drink again, in fact I feel as if I have never drank alcohol at all. I am clean and refreshed :):):) and will stay that way. What make me feel so good is when people look up to me for the strength I had to stop drinking and their words to me are "I wish so bad I could stop drinking" I look at them and say "You can I did"


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

@ Carrie- first off CONGRATS on your 2 years sober and thank you for your kind words to me in your comment. Best of luck on you Amazon story. I too have write a Ebook on Amazon of my life of alcohol addiction. It is short but I will be doing one more soon. The link is in this hub.

All the best and keep up the great work as I will do the same :)


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

teaches12345- Thank you always for reading my hubs and commenting on them. I feel bad I haven't read any of your work but I have to head over and read some. Sorry:( I have been so busy between working 6 days and week and my daughters wedding coming up on May 19 :):):) All the best to you and enjoy your Sunday.

Mark

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