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How Sobriety Can Change Your Life

Updated on April 2, 2013

There are so many changes we experience in our life that sometimes it is a bit hard to take it all in. We as young children grow and learn each day that passes and experience many different things on the way.

One of the unfortunate things we as children or young adults have experienced and experimented with alcohol or drugs. These experiments sometimes turn into an addiction whether it be alcohol or drugs.

Sometimes these experiments turn into an addiction for some of us and then there are those people that are totally turned off by how they felt while doing drugs or drinking alcohol.

When I think back in time of my first time experimenting with alcohol it felt great. I thought, man I could learn to love this drinking of alcohol, and I did learned to love it because I had no choice, because those nasty alcohol demons took right over my life without any warning at all. Drinking and partying with the guys and thinking nothing of it. Each time I did, I was getting more tolerate to the alcohol and needed more and more to get the buzz or to get drunk than it took when first starting out on my venture of drinking alcohol.

The sobriety I once had when I was young was now gone and I didn't know how it happened. I was only having fun with the guys and it never crossed my mind that one day that fun I was having would turn into a full blown out addiction.

People would always ask, "don't you get sick of drinking beer everyday of your life." I often thought about what they were saying, but didn't have the willpower to surrender. This addiction got me and millions of other people throughout our world real good.

The people that have gotten addicted to alcohol didn't set out to be an alcoholic. We just didn't get up one day and say, "hey I think I want to become an alcoholic." The thing is, that many of us just don't have the willpower to say NO or I have had enough. The more we drink the more we need to satisfy our craving to the drink and in turn most of us can not live a day without alcohol.

People would say, "why don't stop drinking alcohol or at least slow down some." Sure, easier said than done, I must say. These people have no idea just how powerful this addiction to alcohol is until they walk in the shoes of an alcoholic.

Sobriety is what every alcoholic wants, but doesn't know how to get sober. We are afraid of sobriety and being clean and sober because we've lived many years drinking alcohol and figure we can't go on in life without our crutch.

If you really want to know how sobriety can change your life, then try your hardest to surrender to that horrible addiction and you will see just how your life will change for the better. You will begin to feel better, mentally, physically, and start to see your life much clearer through your own eyes.

How Sobriety Changed My Life

Since I became clean and sober so many wonderful things have happened:

  • I have become closer to my family.
  • Learned to respect life and be happy once again.
  • Learned to respect myself and others.
  • Learned that you need not be drunk to have fun.
  • Learned to relax for once in my life.
  • My lifelong dream of owning a home at the beach has come true.
  • Lost that beer weight.
  • Feel healthy and look healthy.
  • I now brag of my sobriety instead of being embarrassed of my addiction.
  • I have met many new sober friends via Internet and in person.
  • Learned that there are many people that don't drink at all and now I was one of them.

I could probably go on forever here , but you get where I am coming from. Sobriety is a wonderful thing and so is life, so why would anyone want to cut their life short from an avoidable addiction to alcohol.

I never thought for one minute I would find sobriety and have it back in my life, but I proved to myself differently. If you want a great life, try out sobriety, you will be glad you did.

If you can not do it yourself, ask for help, but you have to take the first step and that is surrendering to your addiction. After that, everything will fall in place if you stick to your guns and think positive that you will get sober and stay sober.

I learned that life is too precious to destroy it with an addiction.



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    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Jennifer, Thank you so much for reading and for your very kind words to me. That really made my day! I appreciate it very much. I hope you enjoy my other hubs as well. Also a HUGE congrats to you for six years of sobriety . Well done and keep up the great work as I will do the same!!

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      Jennifer Bart 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Love this!!! Very well written!!! I am so moved and inspired by your story! Thank you so much for having the courage to share this with us! I am in recovery for addiction and I am going on six years of sobriety. Your article was so refreshing, uplifting and fun to read! You have a great way with words and I hope to read more from you soon!

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      JT Walters- Thank you for your kind comment. It really means a lot. I must say it is GREAT to live life again and to live it Sober.


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      JT Walters 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Is the true etilogy of addiction is a person who understands they are dying and subsequently 1) have nothing to lose and 2) medicate themselves out of the weight of their awareness?

      I liked your article.

      Perhaps the etiology of addiction is irrelevant but the surrenderance of which you write is more important.

      Great Article.

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Denise Handlon - Thanks again for stopping by Denise. I want to check out that book you spoke of. Sounds very interesting and a good read. Once I am here full time and all settled in I will have time to sit at the Bay or Ocean and read and relax for once in my life. I can't wait Denise. Maybe it might hapeen in about 2 weeks depending on Banks approval of sale.

      ((((((((HUGS 2 U)))))))

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      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      I always love those photos of the water, Marky.

      There is an excellent book that I read and re-read that explains how the compulsive behavior takes over: The Addictive Personality by Craig Nakken. Excellent, as I have previously stated. If you are not familiar with it check it out of your library. It was helpful to me in understanding how the mind shifts and the addictive mind takes over.

      Great hub as usual and ONLY ONE MORE TO GO to 200! WOW. Impressive. :)

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Annie - Thank you for taking time out from your wrting to read my Hub. :)

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      7 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

      another great hub and I love the photos Mark


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