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Alcohol Addiction-The Nature Of The Beast

Updated on September 20, 2013

Everyone that has an addiction to alcohol knows somewhere inside them that alcohol addiction is the nature of the beast. The beast meaning the demons that live inside each and every alcoholic.

They will haunt us until we do something to get rid of them, and even after we surrender and get sober the beast will still linger somewhere inside us just waiting for the moment we mess up and take that first sip of alcohol after we are clean and sober.

Our job as recovering alcoholics is to not let our demons, the beast,back into our life ever again.

They will be waiting in the wings as I said for us to mess up just that one time and if so, the beast will haunt us again, but maybe this time it may be worse than the first time.

Help Me To Stop Drinking Dear God

October 26, 2009. My last drink of alcohol and my sobriety started October 27, 2009.
October 26, 2009. My last drink of alcohol and my sobriety started October 27, 2009. | Source

Never Give In To The Beast

As hard as it may seen staying sober, we must not ever give in to the beast that has ruined our past lives. We were strong and have beat the demons inside us and we need to stay strong enough to say no when the beast comes knocking at our minds.

An addiction to alcohol or any drug is a powerful thing, and it is so hard to surrender to any of them, but with the right frame of mind and the willingness to get and stay sober we all can do this. I did it when deep down inside of me I was a bit skeptical on the whole thing about getting and staying sober.

Many people, including myself have stopped drinking alcohol maybe for a week, a month and sometimes even a year, but the big thing is, can we stay sober for the rest of our lives? That is the hard part, Long Term Sobriety.

I am not a Therapist, Doctor or a Professional in a Treatment Center, but I can tell you from my own experiences with drinking and abusing alcohol that being able to walk away from something that has been a huge part of my life, and your life is tough to say the least.

You must know, "I have nothing against anyone drinking alcohol and having a good time, but in my case and millions of other people cases, we just don't know when to stop drinking." The nature of the beast (alcohol addiction) keeps telling us, just one more, just one more please.

For any alcoholic out there, you are not alone by any means. I'm sure everyone knows this, but if you and I could only have one or two social drinks and call it a day it would great wouldn't it? Unfortunately I can't do that, and I would imagine you can't either, or else we would't be addicted to alcohol and drink till we have that huge buzz we long for each and everyday of our lives.

I know for myself, I wish I could do that, but my body is not satisfied with one or two social drinks, so I must stay away from all alcohol totally. Abstinence is best for me! This is the safest thing for me, and the safest for all others that can't stop at one or two drinks.

The First Step Of Getting Rid Of The Beast And Finding Sobriety

I keep calling the name, "Beast" because in my situation, alcohol, and my addiction to it was my beast, my demons, and the ruination of many things along the way. Fortunately, I stopped the beast in it's tracks before it could do more damage that it has already done to my life.

It took a lot of determination and willingness to change my life. After all, alcohol was a huge part of my life, as I'm sure it is for millions all around the world.

The first step towards that new life of sobriety is to admit you have a drinking problem and to get out of denial you are living in. Stop telling yourself there is nothing wrong with you and your drinking of too much alcohol. It must be the rest of the world that is wrong right? Isn't that what you have said many times while you were in denial. I know that was my famous saying. "I am not doing anything wrong, I love to drink and I am not hurting anyone."

Not hurting anyone right? WRONG, we are all are hurting more people than we could ever imagine! None of us can see this happening because we are totally blinded and living in denial by our own addiction to alcohol. We only answer to our demons, The Beast, as they call for more alcohol. Please feed me more of the that poison I am so used to having in my body. Writing these things and looking at the picture I posted above turns my stomach and makes me sick.

How could you and I drink and abuse alcohol enough that people actually hate us when we drink? Why do you and I want a death sentence for ourselves? Why? Do we hate ourselves so much that we are willing to destroy our one and only bodies slowly each and everyday we drink and abuse alcohol?

One Step At A Time

Make Up Your Mind Once And For All

  • Make up your mind if you want to continue to drink, or surrender once and for all to your demons that will haunt you for the rest of your life if you don't change.
  • Get in the right frame of mind and get out of that negative mood you have been in.
  • Think Positive and continue to tell yourself that you can and will get and stay sober.
  • Take that first step towards your new life, and that new life of long term sobriety.
  • Remember what your addiction to alcohol has done to you and all those that love and care for you.
  • Think of what you are doing to your one and only body each time you abuse alcohol.
  • Our bodies are crying inside for help, so it is our job to help that one and only body we have and stop drinking forever.
  • Stand up to your fears of being sober, and stand up to your demons, and do not let them run and ruin your life for one more second.

© 2013 Mark Bruno


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      Mark Bruno 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Ami, tell your husband congrats too. I am always here for support. My daughter got married last year and as you know I bought all the alcohol etc for her reception and watched everyone drink the night away and I had not one craving to touch a drop. Ii had a friend that recently got sober that was at the wedding and he said he was staying with me for support,, BUT he disappeared for a while and I caught him back were the cake was being cut drunk as a skunk . He was just not ready to surrender .

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      Amy Magness Whatley 4 years ago from United States of America

      Thanks, Mark. My husband has 22 years sober and I have been in and (mostly) out of the rooms of 12 step programs since 1999. I am always looking for a loophole.

      Luckily, I have had very few cravings in this 40 days. Coming off of alcohol is so much easier (for me) than coming off of opiates. However, that may make the battle a bit harder.

      Thanks for the support!

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      Mark Bruno 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Ami - Thank you for reading and commenting on this hub. A Huge congrats on 40 days sober my friend !!! You really should be so proud of yourself as I am proud of you and don't ever really know you.

      You are over the hump now and it is all up hill from now on Ami. It was so hard for me in the beginning and I really thought I wouldn't be able to do it because of all the many years of drinking and abusing alcohol, but I prevailed :) :) I beat my demons!!!! And you will do the same Ami!! Keep that positive attitude and always tell yourself that you can and will beat this once and for all.

      Email me anytime if you need to talk and keep up the great work my sober friend :)


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      Amy Magness Whatley 4 years ago from United States of America

      As a lifetime white-chip-picker-upper, I am grateful for hubs like this one.

      I have struggled with opiate addiction my whole life and most recently, alcohol addiction. I thought I was different and could never become dependent on alcohol...

      I am 40 days sober today. I hope with all I have that I am done with my "research" to prove otherwise.

      Great hub.

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      Mark Bruno 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      teaches12345 hello again my dear friend and thanks for stopping by to read. I am so happy you never had to go through these horrible years of alcoholism. Clean and sober is the way to go!


      MM- Nice to see you again and hope all is well my friend. I can't help you out with flickr for I never used it. My Pc is really crapping out on me. Slow ..very slow. Sorry it has taken me so long to reply to your comment. all the best my friend


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      Susan Reid 4 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hey TCL. I got my "emotional sobriety" hub written. But am hung up on a technicality. I can't seem to import a photo from flickr. Very frustrating. I never used to have this problem!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Another wonderful post that will help many to overcome their addictions. I enjoy reading your thoughts even though I do not face this challenge. God bless you, friend.

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      Mark Bruno 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      MM - It is so great to hear from you again :) Thanks so much for taking the time to read this and your comment. I never thought about all those others words regarding alcohol. I hope you finish your series about sobriety. I will love to read them when you are done.

      Take care MM and it so great to see you here :)

      God Bless


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      Susan Reid 4 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hey there TCL! What a delightful treat to look at my Hub Pages updates and see a new hub from you!! Beast is a great visual for the feral, ferocious foe that is alcohol. I've heard it described as a sleeping tiger and a snake waiting in a cave. It is definitely never completely "tamed" and we must guard against being mauled again as we are when drinking. Thanks for the reminder, too, that I never finished my "series." I wrote "What is PHYSICAL sobriety" but never got around to "What is EMOTIONAL sobriety." Now I am inspired!!

      Stay well, my dear sober friend. MM

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      Mark Bruno 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Florida BeachLover- Thanks so much !! i am so glad you enjoy these hubs and thanks for your support as well! More to come soon.

      Love that name you have there :)

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      Florida BeachLover 4 years ago

      Congratulations! This is very impressive. I'm enjoying this series. Keep up the good work.


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