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My Sobriety

Updated on August 12, 2013

Life Of Sobriety

Sobriety could be the one word alcoholics fear the most. They fear to enter the world of sobriety all due to being out of that world for so long.

I happen to be one of those people that loved drinking alcohol and had the fear of being sober 24/7 all year long.

When I decided to enter my sobriety world it took some real thinking and planning for this huge change in my life. I often thought, what it would be like to go a day without drinking beer?

I also wondered, as I'm sure many people addicted to alcohol do, how can you enjoy a party, a celebration, a Holiday, a birthday party without having alcohol by your side?.



Preparing For Sobriety

Preparing for sobriety is nothing like preparing to take a vacation. Many people make a big deal out of packing for a simple vacation. What should we bring? How much money do we need and everything that goes along with going on vacation.

Preparing to go down that road to sobriety and a life of recovery is a huge decision and one must be totally prepared for a enormous life change.

You must make a certain promise to yourself and that promise is, "I WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO PICK UP AN ALCOHOLIC DRINK AGAIN". If you can't start with that one simple promise to yourself than you must stop and take a good look at your present life and the lives around you that more than likely are suffering and experiencing the pain of the alcoholic.

Becoming clean and sober is easier said than done, but it is totally 100 percent possible in each and every alcoholic. You must truly want to quit drinking alcohol and change your life in order to find sobriety. You can not say, "I will only drink on weekends or special occasions".

Trust me, I tried that line, and it didn't work for me, it was only a huge tease to my body. Yes, stop for a week or two and your body begins to get use to the absence of alcohol and then a party or that so called, "special occasion" comes up and you decide I'll have a few drinks, it shouldn't hurt. Guess what, you are right back into the day after day drinking again.

I'm not saying this is everyone, I'm stating my personal experiences. Others may be able to handle that special occasion drink and then walk away, but articles I have read, articles have written, experiences I have had and other people's experiences told to me, drinking now and then when you are addicted to alcohol just doesn't fly well with a person that is an alcoholic.


Willing To Totally Surrender

The question is, are you willing to totally surrender to your alcohol addiction or just tease your body and mind?

It is a simple question, either you want sobriety or you don't, it's that simple.

  • Change your outlook on life.
  • Start thinking positive.
  • Set your goal to achieve sobriety.
  • Plan your new sober life.
  • Be excited for yourself.
  • Be proud of yourself and what you are doing.
  • Ask for help if you need help during this change in your life.
  • Don't be embarrassed that you decided to become sober.

You will need pure determination, willingness, positivity, honesty and strength to help you along to finding sobriety. Never ever give up on yourself.

When you finally decide to surrender to your alcohol addiction you will see your life turn 180 and things will begin to get better in your everyday life, your family life and just you yourself.

You will not be sorry I can assure you. It was the best thing I could of ever done, and regarding having fun at that "special occasion" is totally possible without drinking alcohol. That I have learned, and believe it not, it is much more fun being sober at those parties and enjoying, remembering, living the moment all being sober.

 

If You Believe in Sobriety You Can Achieve Sobriety

© 2010 Mark Bruno

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    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ psychicdog.net I am glad you enjoyed this hub and thank you for your kind comment.

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      psychicdog.net 

      7 years ago

      Really admire the courage you keep showing the Clean Life! Inspirational work.

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ carrie450, Thanks you so much for your kind comment.

      This is my hopes, that I can touch someone, somewhere in our world and be able to help them regain their life and find their sobriety. I have faith it will happen, I don't know where or when but it will work.

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      carrie450 

      7 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      Good for you for your complete honesty clean life. I'm sure that these posts will help many and even if it helps only one person right now you'll have done a good job. rated up.

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ rich, I just realize I never responded to your comment, sorry. Your comments are always great to me and I really appreciate them so much. In the beginning it was hard, always thinking about the drink, but as time passed it became easier and easier to get through the day without the drink. Now, today I never even think of it and have no urge whatsoever for it. If I did, I would start to think of my past and how it was drinking. Right then I loss all desire for the alcohol just thinking about that. I have worked so hard to stay sober that I would never let a drink put me back to square one...No Way. so I only focus on sobriety and what a great life I have now and how healthy I feel and that's my story in short.

      God Bless you also Rich and thanks again!!

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ nclark, Hello my friend and thanks for visiting again. It took me a long time to finally admit that I had an addiction. No matter what anyone said to me about it I was in denial and thought everyone was wrong except myself. AS I wrote in one of my hubs, one day I was sitting in my garage drinking alone as usual and something just came over me and that was a voice, the voice of God. I then realized that I must change my life before it was too late and at that very minute I put down my beer and never picked another up again. You need to prepare yourself and except what you are about to do and stay positive that you will succeed.

      I have such a hatred towards alcohol now for myself that it doesn't matter if I attend a outing because I hate the drink because of what did to my life. If you ever need to chat email me.

      Thanks for your comment my friend!

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      nclark140 

      7 years ago from Deep Dirty South

      What do you mean by "When you finally decide to surrender to your alcohol addiction" Is that the same concept I mentioned before? Sort of accepting that I have this and walking with it? Do you have to mentally prepare yourself for outings? I have family members that are "alcoholics" to me, but how do I approach this? I love your honesty. I love visiting your hubs. I may have said this before, but it gives me a chance to remove the focus from myself. Thanks for the break!

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      richtwf 

      7 years ago

      I can only imagine what it would be like to be in the shoes of someone like yourself. It can't be easy I can see that and must take a tremendous amount of willpower to overcome the lure and temptation of drink. You have conquered and overcome and your experience and sharing of it will surely serve to inform and help others in the same position. Keep up the great work and spreading the message!

      God bless you my friend.

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      Eiddwen 

      7 years ago from Wales

      Hi thanks for sharing this hub and being so honest. I am sure that this hub will inspire others.

      I am now looking forward to reading more of your work.

      Take care and congratulations on getting rid of your demons.

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