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Addicted To Alcohol - When Enough Is Enough

Updated on August 26, 2010

I can not count the times in my life that I said I have to stop or slow down with my drinking. This addiction I have is really ruining my life and my family.

That's real easy to say, but it is a tough thing to say that "I am addicted to alcohol and enough is enough". It took many years of alcohol abuse to come to the conclusion that I was an alcoholic.

That was always a tough word to say. I sounds so harsh, but so true, I just didn't want to admit it to myself. I played it off and said I have no problem the rest of the world has the problem not me. I'm doing just as everyone else is doing and they seem to be doing just fine, so I thought.

You know it takes a strong person to stand up to their addiction and admit there is a real problem and are willing to seek help to not only save possibly their family life, but their own life.

When I decided to surrender to my alcohol addiction I had a lot of concerns such as "how will I survive my everyday routines without my crutch? How will I explain to my drinking buddies that I have quit drinking alcohol and what will they say?

Will they give me support, or will they shut me out of their their lives due to my decision to find sobriety. These were some of the thoughts that I had, but I said to myself that these thoughts can not tarnish my wanting to to be clean and sober.

What I said regarding losing my drinking buddies really did happen.  No big lose because I have found a new buddy called "Sobriety" and that won't let me down.  Sobriety will only change me for the better, start to have a long needed happy life and enjoy all the things that life has to offer.

To be able to find my real self and not the person hiding behind the bottle and the addiction for so many years.

I am truly blessed that I was given a second chance in life and if anyone really wants to get sober if is definitely possible.  I never thought in a million year I would ever have a clean and sober life again.  

I just started out with a Positive Attitude about my journey to sobriety and told myself that I will conquer my demons within and lead the clean life that was given to me a birth.

You just have to be willing to work hard and tell yourself that enough is enough and I want to change my life around.  Without being in the right frame of mind when starting out it will be a problem.  Ask for help, enter a Rehabilitation Center if you need to and try as hard as you can to get your sobriety back into your life, you will never regret it!

Take each day one at a time "baby steps".  Sobriety and feeling good again will not happen overnight just as your alcohol addiction didn't just happen overnight.

My word to everyone is to just STAY STRONG TO YOURSELF, BELIEVE IN YOURSELF, USE THE POWER OF PRAYER, THINK POSITIVE, and over time you will see the bright light ahead to the beginning of a new and clean life that we all deserve and owe to ourselves.

Make Sobriety the Destiny and Main Goal in your lives, you can do it!


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    • the clean life profile image

      Mark Bruno 7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Thanks theindianblues, and yes that is my main goal to be able to discourage people and mostly young children to not use or tilt that bottle.

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      theindianblues 7 years ago from Some where on the Globe

      Great write up the clean life. Thanks for leaving an insightful thought on my hub on the similar topic. I think you are now in the process of quitting from this and hope you will be out from it and definitely I will see you one fine day cultivating to discourage people to say cheers!!

      Double cheers for your efforts, thank you!!

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      fucsia 7 years ago

      In your Hubs I read always your determination and your conviction. Well! I enjoy reading you ... I am sure that you help many "indecisive" people.

      I often work with alcoholics, so I know some of their difficulties

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      Mark Bruno 7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Pamela, Thank you so much for your kind words and I will continue writing about this for as long as it takes.

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 7 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      Yes, as you say above -- use the power of prayer. It is only through the important step of knowing that Father in Heaven and his Son, Jesus Christ, can and will help us if we ask every day -- this is the only way to overcome addiction -- no matter what kind of addiction it is. And if the temptation comes in the morning or mid-afternoon -- to have a drink or a box of chocolate or some kind of drug -- whatever and wherever the temptation, we need to pray again. I know this is true.

      It's so wonderful that you are writing all these articles. They are bound to help others as the months and years go by and your readers increase.

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      Lifeallstar1 7 years ago

      I'm so glad you chose sobriety over your drinking buddies. Life is too important to do that to yourself and if they didn't stick around then they were not worth it. If a friend cannot back up another person, then they were never a true friend to begin with. They might even have a problem as you did. I think you 100% did the correct thing. I'm heading over to read more of your hubs!!! :-) Jess

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      Ladybythelake55 7 years ago from I was Born in Bethesda, Maryland and I live in Chicago,IL

      Thanks for being my follower. I am myself an adult child of an alcoholic and both my adoptive parent's were alcholics themselves. My siblings and I lived in a real living hell and due to their need for alcoholic it destroyed all of our holidays. My brother has never been able to celebrate Thanksgiving or Christmas due to it.

      God Bless,


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      Mark Bruno 7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Thanks Beth, I really do enjoy writing on HP. There are so many great people and writers here. Thanks again.

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      beth811 7 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas

      Another inspiring hub from you!

      Yes, 1st step to rehabilitation is to admit that there really is a problem.

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      Madison 7 years ago from NYC

      Fantasitic words of inspiration! Thank you for sharing them with us!

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      davidisaiah 7 years ago from Klamath Falls, Oregon

      Blessings to you....stay focused on that goal one day at a time. Seek support from those who have succeeded in this dance.

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      Great advice for all us as we all have trials that we need to deal with.