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Celebrating My Three Years Of Sobriety

Updated on July 20, 2014

My Ebook and My Life of Alcohol Addiction


My Special Day

Everyone in the world has reasons to celebrate in their life such as all the major Holidays including New Years Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, but for an alcoholic that has found his/her sobriety it is a much more special day to them.

I will be celebrating my three years of sobriety on October 27, 2012. Man does the time fly. I cannot believe it has been three years already without a drop of alcohol.

I am so proud of myself and how strong I have been to beat my inner demons for those years. I have had a positive attitude for the very beginning when I finally decided to stop drinking alcohol. In the beginning when I first made my mind up to stop drinking I wondered if it would be possible.

Others That Deserve a Ton of Credit

I would like to thank me beautiful wife of 31 years, Linda for all her love and support to me through this journey to seek long term sobriety. She has been my rock through thick and thin and has put up with many past years of my addiction to alcohol. She has stuck by me and supported me all the way and still does to this day. I love you Linda. You are the love of my life and the reason I got and stayed clean and sober.

I what to also thank my children, Joseph and Stefani for all their love and support to me while I make a new life for myself. They too were cheated of having a sober father and I just wanted to say I am sorry to you and mom for the pain I have put you through all the years of me drinking alcohol. I love you both from the bottom of my heart.

Thank you Deanna, (my sister) for all your love and tons of support you have giving me from the very beginning of my sober life. You are my blood and I will treasure you and love you till the end of time and beyond. Thank you Dee for all your support.


Klara, you have been so supportive to me and have been a great friend for the two years I have known you here on HubPages. It is a pleasure and a true honor that I have meet such a wonderful person like you. Thank you Klara.

Denise, it is a blessing and a honor to have met you too here on HubPages. It feels like we have been friends for much longer than two years. Thank you also for all you love and support in my journey to sobriety. It is people like you that get people like me strong and willing to stay sober. The chats we have had mean the world to me and I will always treasure your friendship. Thank you Denise.

Beth, you too are also a dear friend of mine and it was a pleasure meeting you here on HubPages over two years ago. I really appreciate everything you have said to me in the support of me getting sober. Lots of your comments were so touching Beth. Thanks for being a true friend Beth.

For all the other writers here on HubPages that have read my work and have followed me, thank you all as well. Thank you everyone for your kind and touching comments you place in my hubs. I truly appreciate everyone of them and appreciate your friendship. Thank you for your support in my quest to stay sober!

Here Are a Few Things I Have Accomplished Since Getting Sober

All my married life with Linda (my wife) we always wanted to live the rest of our lives at the New Jersey Shore. Many people that know me knew that Linda and I grew up at the New Jersey Shore and that is the place we met five years before we were even married.

After we briefly met, five years later we met again not knowing we met each other five years before. We both worked in a hospital and from there we have been together and and married for 31 years.

My dreams and goals for the both of us never panned out, and I truly believe that I was not willing to help myself with stopping drinking alcohol so my life wasn't ready just yet to change.

The moment I stopped drinking alcohol everything started to far in place as far as being happier, healthier, and having my dreams come true, one dream at a time.

Last year we finally fulfilled our long time dream by moving to the New Jersey Shore. We now have out home totally remodeled the way we like. We have a great boat that we go out on often because Long beach Island is right down the road.

To be able to go to the Ocean and Bay within a few minutes is awesome. I couldn't be happier. I have finally helped myself and God has given me the chance to live a sober and happier life where we always wanted to live. Dreams do come true if you are willing to fight for them and do what is right for yourself and your loving family.

God Bless all those that are suffering from an addiction and always remember that your life is no over by any means. You just need to change your life and make things right with yourself and your loved ones, and sooner or later things will begin to look up for you.

Stay strong to yourself. Stay determined to not only to get sober, but to stay sober for the rest of your life



© 2012 Mark Bruno


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    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Cherish77, Thank you for reading and the Congrats to me and my sobriety !

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      5 years ago

      Congratulations on your sobriety.

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      Mark Bruno 

      5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Kerry- Thank you so much for your comment and you kind words as well. If you go back to other hubs you will read some great stories of my life and my addiction to sobriety. I hope you have a wonderful Sunday as well. I'll pass the Hi to Linda for you :)

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      5 years ago

      Good for you, and what a wonderful wife, hi Linda :) x I need to go back and read some of your earlier articles about your tremendous journey.

      Enjoy your Sunday!


    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      That Grrl- Thank you!! It is a hard thing in the beginning, but just got easier as each month and year has passed.

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      Laura Brown 

      5 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      Congratulations on your three years plus whatever days now. :)

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Faith Reaper- Thank you for your comment and for reading. I am so happy your son is clean and sober. He will have a beautiful life with his lovely family and will always thank God that he has given him the strength so get sober so early in life. Now he has the rest of his life to live happy and healthy. God bless you and your son and family.

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Klara I told Linda and she said that would be nice. Now We have to make a game plan.

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      CONGRATULATIONS!!! My son, who is only 24, has been sober for five years now. He obtained his sobriety early. Praise God, and just in time prior to his becoming a wonderful dad to now three children!!!!

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      6 years ago

      I'm free for two months, you guys tell me! :-)

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      RTalloni- Thank you for your comment and kind words on this hub.

      Rema- Thank you Rema for reading and your comment. For myself and my family, we are all so very happy. Life is grand to be sober that's for sure. Thank you for sharing this also.

      healthylife2 - Thanks so much for your kind words to me and when you go to LBI, email me and maybe we can meet each other and see the face behind the keyboards :) I just love it here.

      teaches12345 Hello my friend and thanks for your comment and your touching words to me. They really mean so much. God Bless you!!

      Leslie- Thanks for stopping bye and reading. Linda is an angel to put up with all my crap over the years. I am making up for that each and everyday now :)

      Hugs oxoxo

      Denise- Thank you so much much. I am glad you liked my eBook. It was short and my first, but my next one will be a bit more if and when i have time to write one. Klara is right..We HAVE to get together. That would be awesome!!!! and I love Florida. I would have to drive for I am afraid to fly :( Hugs to you dear!!

      Rolly- Hello my friend and thanks for your comment. You say how the years will fly by and I can say these three years flew by. CONGRATS on your 36 years of sobriety. That is so wonderful Rolly. Hugs to you and your wife. God Bless!

      Klara- Thank you my friend for your kind words to my and for Linda. I told here what you said and she was touched. YES,YES we need to meet up. It is very possible right. Lets work on it Okay. I remember years ago before I was married the parting I did in Florida , but now it will be just water and coffee :)

      Love oxoxoxo

      Denise- Next summer will be great and then I will have some vacation time built up at my job.

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      Denise Handlon 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Klara & Mark--Yes, Yes, Yes, we have to plan for next summer maybe?

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      6 years ago

      Oh, Mark! How wonderful is this! Congratulations, my friend!!! Three years is HUGE! I am so very proud of you, and so happy that you've finally been able to get your life back on track and stay there. Linda has been a heaven-sent angel, and although I don't know her personally, I can only imagine she is as beautiful inside as she is outside. You have much to be grateful for, and you worked hard to get where you are, so yes, this is a big deal and you should be celebrating! It has been an honor to be your friend, and I haven't given up on the idea that all of us (You, Linda, Denise, Cara, and Beth) meet someday to spend an entire weekend talking and laughing. :-) We just HAVE to do it!

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Ruchira- Thank you so much for your comment and thanks for sharing it also!

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      Rolly A Chabot 

      6 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Mark... Thanks for writing this awesome testimony and proud of you for what you have done. It has been 36 years now for me. Watch and see what happens now that you have found peace the years will slip but quickly. Each day you will find new strength from the people who love you...

      Hugs Brother... from Canada

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Each and everyone of you that have commented on this hub are all dear to my heart. You are special people, and comments like you all have written mean the world to me. Thank you everyone !!

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      Denise Handlon 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Mark-I'm so happy for you. Three years this month-way to go. You have so much to be proud of. I love your ebook. Great going! I've always been so amazed and tickled about the story of you and Linda. I will forever enjoy reading or hearing about it. It touched me just as much this evening being reminded about it, as the original hub you wrote. Thanks for the acknowledgement here-I feel the same. Big hugs to you-I miss our talks too. :)

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      Karen Silverman 

      6 years ago

      Congratulations Mark! You deserve the beautiful life you now enjoy! Your wife sounds like an angel..


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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Congratulations, Mark! What an inspiration you are to many people. I pray your life will only continue to reveal a path of completeness. Blessings. Voted up and shared.

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      Healthy Life 

      6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      A big congratulations!! Your story is an inspiration to many. I'm happy your dream came true. We go to LBI every year and wish I go stay there for the entire Summer. Stay happy and healthy!

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      Rema T V 

      6 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Mark,

      It is indeed a very happy ending to a sad tale. Now that it's all over, it's your right to rejoice and stay happy for the rest of your life. I am extremely happy for you because it is not too often that you hear such success stories.

      What a relief for your wife and children on you turning sober! I am very happy for them too. I wish you many more years of peace and happiness with your family.

      I am sharing this hub so that more people especially who are still unable to kick the habit get to read this and realize how happy life would be without alcohol.

      Cheers, Rema.

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      6 years ago from the short journey

      Congratulations on your anniversary and successes, and bravo to you for acknowledging the love and help of your family and friends!

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      6 years ago from United States


      Wishing you many more years of sobriety, my friend.

      Time for celebration...sharing it across

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @Pamela- Thank you so much for your kinds words to me. yes you are right. Each year is getting better and better. I feel so lucky that I beat the demons that had run my life for many years. Thanks again Pamela :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Congratulations on your 3 year anniversary. I'm sure life is getting better every year and I know your family must be proud of you. Enjoy your anniversary!

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ Carol- Thank you Carol for reading and for your comment. I wish that my writing will help someone find sobriety as I did. I want to help others with what I write.

      I hope it has helped many of people.

      God Bless you Carol

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Neal, thank you for reading and for the Congrats. All the best to you.

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      Neal Seifert 

      6 years ago from PA


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      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      I am always happy to hear when someone conquers the demons. You have to be proud of yourself as I know the journey has long and arduous. I read many of your hubs and always admire courage. Stay happy and healthy.

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ Michele- Thank you so much for your comment and kind words to me. I am so happy Michele and thankful to have friends like you.

      God Bless and thanks again for the vote up.

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      Michele Travis 

      6 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      CONGRATULATIONS! This is a wonderful hub, and I am very happy for you. What you have done is wonderful. I pray more people reach out a obtain what you have.

      Voted up!!!


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