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How Can You Have Continued Freedom From Your Addiction ?

Updated on August 5, 2014

How Long Has the Devil Been on Your Shoulders?

For any of us that have had an addiction to drugs or alcohol over the years, we know that the devil has been on our shoulder for a very long time.

Then comes a time in our life that we realize something massive has to be done in order to live a longer life than our demons wish us to have. How can you have continued freedom from your addiction?

Sobriety has not been in the addict or alcoholics life for many years and to make this huge change in our life is something that will not only be hard to do, but will take some real strong determination and willingness to get sober, and then stay that way.

We as the addict or alcoholic often may wonder, "will my life ever get better, and will I ever be able to beat my addiction?" The thing is, if you are thinking of this, you must know deep down inside that you want sobriety, and the only way to get it is to go after it and do something about your addiction and make that change in your life.

If you feel you can not get sober yourself, there are thousands of Treatment Centers that are waiting to help you. All you need to do is to ask for the help you need!

Anyone has the power inside to just surrender to their addiction, but many of us are scared to death to be without our crutch, and in most cases our very best friend.

Alcohol used to be my very best friend. When I finally admitted I had a huge alcohol problem I needed to take drastic measures to get my life back on track. I felt that I was about to lose a limb when I surrendered to my addiction. That is how much an addiction can be a huge part of your life, but I know that everyone that does have this addiction problem knows what I am taking about.

Surrendering to something that is very much part of your life will not be easy, BUT it is very much possible for any of us if that's the life you wish to have.

You have to want sobriety back into your life. Sobriety will never happen on it's own without hard work on your part, but I shouldn't have to tell you that right? Nothing good in life comes easy without hard work on your part.

A Life of Addiction or Sobriety?

Which sounds better to you? A life of an addiction or a life of sobriety? After many years of drinking alcohol I finally had enough of the life I was leading and surrendered to the devil on my shoulder.

The demons had run my life, and all those in my life for so many years. It was time to say goodbye once and for all. It was hard , but I thank God everyday that he gave me the strength to say I have had enough and I want out of this addictive life I have.

We have to be stronger than our addiction and not let the demons have one more second of the one and only life we have here on this Earth. Our addictions are killing all of us slowly , but surely. Anyone knows this just by looking in the mirror. What do you see? Do you like what you see? If NOT, than what are you going to do about making that image in the mirror change back to that person that you once knew?

None of us can be happy with what is looking back at us. Mirrors and photos don't lie, so get on the stick and do something to improve your life and not die a little bit more each day by what your demons are doing to you, and not to say what the demons and your addictions are doing to the ones that love and care for you so much.

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How Can We Have Freedom Years Afters We Get Sober?


  • First you need to want to be sober, and need to take that first step towards sobriety.
  • Getting sober is number one.
  • There can't be any cheating whatsoever. It's all or nothing!
  • No drinking on weekends or Holidays.
  • You need to give sobriety 110% of your attention.
  • This is not a joke. It is not a game. It is your LIFE!
  • Once you are first sober, staying sober will be the hard part. (At least it was for me)
  • You will have a hard time trying to keep yourself busy enough not to think about alcohol, but you will figure it out like I did. If you have enough determination to make this work, you will have no problem keeping busy.
  • Once sober, you need to think of all the things you did when drunk.
  • Think of all the things you said that you normally wouldn't say sober.
  • Think of the people you hurt through the years while you were addicted.
  • Think of the money you spent on alcohol and drugs.
  • Think of your health and how poorly you looked when looking in that mirror.
  • Think of all the tickets, or DUI's you have gotten, unless you were fortunate enough not to get caught.
  • Think how many times you were late or missed work all together because of drinking too much the night before.
  • Think of all those horrible hangovers in the morning.
  • Think of how sick you got when over drinking the night before.
  • Think of all the family functions you missed because you would rather stay home and drink.
  • Think of all the bar fights or arguments you were in while being drunk.

These are some of the things I thought about, and still do to this day when I might get that urge to drink alcohol. It works for me, because there is no way in hell I want to live that life again, and you should feel the same way if you are smart.

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    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      tamron- Hello and thank you for your comment. I am sorry to hear that your past demons come back to you every once and awhile, but as long as you get back on track again you should be proud. One day they will go away forever. I pray that they do. So far no relapse for me and I hope I never have one, but you just never know.

      God Bless and stay as strong as you are now.


    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      MDavisatTIERS - It is very nice to meet you and thank you so much for reading and your comment. a huge congrats to you on 25 years sober. That is just wonderful!! All the best to you.


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      5 years ago

      I stayed sober for 5 years at that time I had plenty of support. I moved to a small town and got very little support than relapsed.

      I had a demon that was on my back. I finally gave in! I struggle everyday to stay sober but slip every now and again. Great Hub

    • MDavisatTIERS profile image

      Marilyn L Davis 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      I'm always pleased to read encouraging words from another person in recovery. I will celebrate 25 years next month and value the life I have today more so than when I first got into recovery.

      Thanks for the information and hopefully, it will touch those who would benefit most from it.

      Voted up.

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      lovedoctor926- Hello my friend and thanks so much for your comment and as always your kind words to me. It really make me feel good that I may be helping those that have an addiction. Have a wonderful and safe week. :)

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      5 years ago

      These are all good reasons to not drink again. I'm glad that God gave you the strength to overcome your alcohol addiction and to remain sober throughout the years. A very good hub once again. voted up!


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