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How To Avoid An Alcohol Relapse

Updated on August 12, 2013

Learning how to avoid an alcohol relapse is going to take some work on the part of the alcoholic in order to stay clean and sober and not relapse after many have worked so hard to get to the point they are in their life being sober.

So many people that are addicted to alcohol and have changed their life, to live it clean and sober, but there are many times something may happen to them or someone in their family that sets them off and running right back to the alcohol. They have been so addicted and dependent on alcohol to get them through their everyday lives in the past, they figure going back to the drink will fix all that may have gone wrong leading them back to drinking alcohol again and wasting that precious time they had being sober.

For many, it may only take one drink and they are right back to where they started when they drank alcohol everyday of their life.

The alcoholic can not let anything upset them that would make them relapse and go back to drinking.

For me, I have been clean and sober going on two years and there were many times during that period I had to stop myself from picking up that drink and drowning my sorrows and thinking drinking alcohol would be the perfect solution to my problem at the point in time, but I stood strong to my promise that I would never pick up an alcoholic drink for the rest of my life no matter what had happened to me our anyone else in my family.

I know for a fact that one drink of alcohol and I would be doomed and would relapse in that moment, because I am not and never will be that type of person that can have only one drink and walk away for days or even weeks until the next drink. There are many people that have this exact same problem and if you do have this problem of no willpower then you will have to do what I have done and that is DON'T DRINK AT ALL.

Yes, I know easier said than done, but in order to avoid an alcohol relapse you have to be stronger than the addiction you used to have.

When you have doing so well being clean and sober and something does occur that you have in the back of your mind, "go and get a drink and all will be solved." That never happens and we all know that. What does happen if you let it, is that you will relapse. I look at it this way, "if you are going to stop drinking alcohol and get clean and sober you have to do it all the way and no sneaking a drink or two when something happens that may have upset you, because it might the the beginning of your road to nowhere again.

No one needs alcohol to be their crutch in life. We are all stronger than we think and we can all deal with our everyday life and it problems being sober.

Getting drunk and thinking all will go away is a false statement and things do not go away, they just get worse than they really are and when you drink or think you are drinking your problems away, the next morning when you wake those same problems will be starring you right in the face.

Any alcoholic, including myself that has worked so hard to stay clean and sober would be a crying shame to waste all that hard work because of some sort of problem that may arise in your life. Big deal, you can handle it much better being sober than drinking to fix it.

If this happens to you and you get that urge to drink alcohol, stop for just a minute and think to yourself what you will be doing if you tilt that bottle or crack that can of beer open. Think before you drink my friends. You will be doing yourself some real harm if you allow your past alcohol demons back into your life. It will be the worse thing you could ever do to yourself.

Just imagine if you were not strong enough and you relapsed because of a problem or anything that may happen in your life, how you will feel the next morning and how disappointed you will be about yourself.  I know I would be very disappointed in myself if I were to let that happen to me.  All that hard work in vein and then the worst part of it all is that if you want get get clean and sober again you will have to start at DAY # 1 and start all over again.


Be strong, be positive and have the courage to stand up to those problems without your crutch. Believe me, you will thank yourself in the end that you had the strength to overcome that urge to drink alcohol again.

© 2011 Mark Bruno


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    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Endure Today, Thank you so much for your comment and you kind words :)

    • Endure Today profile image

      Endure Today 

      6 years ago from Louisiana

      Thank you for your inspiration and strength. God give me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Denise, once again thank you for your kind words to me. It really means a lot to me!

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      What a beautiful hub, Mark, filled with a positive message and sound advice. Well done. Voted up.

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Marie, once again I thank you for this comment and all of the others you give to me and my hubs. It really means so much Marie. It took me a long time to get stronger than my addiction, but I did it and darn proud of it and myself. I feel whole again in my life!

      God Bless you and Husband!

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      7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Mark, I like your message that the alcoholic (or for any addiction) needs to be stronger than the addiction, makes a lot of sense! Life is too short, best to be loving to oneself and this also means letting go of habits that are may not be addictions but interfire with our well being such as overeating or overspending.

      Voted up!

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ Ann, thank you so much ann. I really don't mind telling my life about addiction to alcohol, because I hope that something I may say will help someone find the way out of their alcohol addiction.

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      7 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

      awesome - you have such courage


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