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Finding Sobriety-My Prayers Have Been Answered

Updated on August 12, 2013

There are many people that have never believed in anything in their lives, including the higher power, which he has created our universe and all of us walking on the face of this earth. These people never thought that they would need to ask or pray for anything, until.....a tragic event happens or an incurable disease of a family member, or a alcohol addiction. Just anything that would make those folks stop and think, "maybe I need to ask God for help and guidance".

I am not writing this Hub to preach to anyone, but I wanted to make a point that there is the power of prayer and I am living proof of it, as I'm sure many other people that have had any sort of addiction and were about to ruin their life or possibly heading towards their death.

As a person that has drank alcohol for a good part of my life and can tell you that there is hope for anyone to be able to find sobriety in their lives if you truly want to make that change.

I always wanted to become clean and sober and thought about it all the time, but thinking about it is not enough, you MUST ACT on it!

Can you remember all the mornings you woke up with that almighty hangover and swear that your drinking days are over? Yeah right. As the day get older and you start to feel so much better, you are ready to start the process all over again and just beat your body up with with the booze.

Have you ever experienced a voice in your mind that had a message to tell you? I have.

Sitting in my garage one day all alone, only with my beer, no one to talk to, but my beer can, because everyone would basically stay away or hide from me when the drinking would start. I was a lonely drunk. I drifted away from the friends that went out to bars because most of them were single and I was married with a family so I drank alone.

On that day something changed in my life. I heard a voice that basically asked me "what are you doing to yourself and your families life"? I stopped and listened to this voice as it was trying to tell me something, just between the two of us. Silently I sat there and started to communicate with my inner voice.

It was like an question and answer session and my answers were not very good. I didn't really have a reason for my addiction except that I was to weak to overcome it. I excepted it as a everyday routine of my life and thought there was nothing wrong with what I was doing.

The more I thought and listened the more everything started to fall in place. What I mean is, that I had started to sense a feeling of freedom. I felt as if something was being removed from my body very slowly, but steady. It felt like an emptiness, the start of a new and clean life.

I know it may be hard for some to understand or believe me, but it was the moment that I had been waiting for. The moment that I had finally surrendered to my addiction. I said to myself, you (the demons) have won your war with me till now. I put the beer down on the floor and raised my arms to the heavens and thanked God for cleansing my soul of my alcohol addiction.

From that time on I have only once thought about the drink but only for a second or two. I felt like I never drank at all in my entire life. The urge and the wanting of alcohol just vanished from my mind. Too good to be true? I don't think so.

Everything you do in life you need to keep a positive attitude in your thinking and stay focused on what you truly want out of this short life we have on earth. Don't make it any shorter by abusing your body with alcohol or drugs.

This is how I thought then and still do to this day. It has helped in the process of becoming clean and sober again. There isn't a day that goes by that I think of my silent conversation I had in that garage which the Resurrection of my life.

I continue to pray and thank God for helping me stay sober and giving me the strength to stay clean and help others regain their sobriety as I did through my writing.

If you truly want to find sobriety, stay positive, stay focused on your dreams and goals you have and continue to Pray to our Superior "GOD" and you will see just how the Power Of Prayer will help you achieve your Sobriety.


© 2010 Mark Bruno


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      5 years ago

      I agree with your first paragraph. No, you're not preaching, at least not to me. I also believe there's a higher power and that higher power is God. When you pray and ask God for something, you should always ask already trusting and believing that is going to happen. That inner voice or intuition is there for a reason, it's a good thing that you sat down and listened to what is was telling you. of course God was already working in your life, but God also waits for us to take that step. Keep writing. I'm sure that your articles on addiction are reaching out to those who are feeling hopeless. There's always light at the end of the tunnel.

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      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      This is beautiful, Mark. When you speak of the inner voice and making that connection-that is the key to successful sobriety.

      As a psych nurse of many years, I have been curious in my search to help patients, and in my own self growth, as to what the 'missing' element is in the struggle for mental health, happiness, sobriety, etc.

      What I discovered is the spiritual connection. For those who do not have it there will always be the battle of wills. For those who make the connection, letting go is the freedom that you reference here.

      It is never enough, I have found out, to make changes on a psychological level alone. Without the dual work of developing the soul the mind works alone in a closed circuited fashion-around and around, and getting no where fast.

      How wonderful that you were able to be still long enough to hear the inner voice and make that connection. :)

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      Mark Bruno 

      8 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ Treasuresofheaven, I love you profile name first off, and thank you so much for your kind and touching words.

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      Sima Ballinger 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      The Clean Life, You have given hope to many with your thoughts here today. I am happy for you and your family. You have a new life, and you are writing to tell it. Amazing.

      God Bless You,



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