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How To Remain Sober After Struggling With Alcohol Addiction

Updated on August 12, 2013

So many people suffer from alcoholism and know that they hurting themselves and others in their lives, but they have a hard time trying to get sober.

I am sure they ask themselves, "how to remain sober after struggling with alcohol addiction?" They know something has to be done to change their life, but many are afraid to get sober and the ones that do get sober, need to know how to stay sober, and make it long term sobriety for the rest of their life.

There are a few ways I learned to keep me sober since October 27, 2009, and one of the ways I keep sober is what I am doing right now. I write here on HubPages and my personal blog, The Clean Life in hope that what I write will help many of people that are suffering with an alcohol addiction like I have for years.

Ways to Help You Remain Sober

Here are ways that help me to stay sober, including what I mentioned regarding my writing:

  • You need to always have a Positive Attitude each day telling yourself you can stay sober.
  • You need to keep yourself busy and not let your mind wonder and think about alcohol.
  • You need to keep telling yourself how proud you are for getting sober in the first place.
  • Tell people what you have accomplished and that you are clean and sober.
  • Don't be ashamed of your past addiction to alcohol.
  • Try and help others achieve sobriety as you have.
  • Take walks alone or with the ones you love.
  • Plan some family trips to spend quality time with your family that you might of missed out on while putting your addiction first before all else.

Love Yourself like No Other

You must love yourself enough to remain sober for the rest of your life. After all, you have worked so hard to get to where you are right now, and it would be a crying shame to have something upset you enough to relapse. That would be horrible and you will not forgive yourself if you let the demons back into your life again.

I have to say though, many people do relapse after being sober for so long. This is not uncommon, but you must get right back up and try again. I have heard of people relapsing a few times until that one time that worked and they have been sober for many years.

I was fortunate enough that relapse has not been in my life, but if it would ever happen to me, I would get back up and start over until I got it right forever. I really would be heart broken if that would ever happen to me, just as anyone else that has been sober for some time and relapsed. It is not the end of the world, although very disappointing to yourself and others that have supported you and love you.

If you don't succeed , Try and Try again! This is what has to be done in order for you to live with long term sobriety. Never give up trying to stay sober and NEVER give up on yourself. Love yourself to give your life every chance to be sober forever.

Not to get off the subject, but I recently had a comment on one of my other hubs, stating I might not be a true alcoholic. That kind of floored me do to the fact I couldn't go a day without drinking alcohol and couldn't stop myself when I started drinking. Please explain to me what you have to do to be a True Alcoholic. I guess I have been doing it all wrong all this time.

Granted, I know there are different stages of alcoholism and alcoholics. No, I wan't one of those alcoholics that drank from morning to night living homeless, stealing for their alcohol addiction. I was a functioning alcoholic that loved to drink every night of the week for years. So to read that comment, I guess I had no problem whatsoever with my drinking.

Admitting you have a drinking problem and doing something about it to change this problem around to the good is the first step, for me anyway. Getting out of the denial you have lived in for some long and Take Action to change and get sober.


Getting Unchained from Your Addiction

This picture was my life, and many others lives that are chained to their addiction to alcohol. It is so hard to break away from something you love, and has been a huge part of one's life, but once you have admitted you have a drinking problem you must take action and do something to change.

Anyone can get sober and stay sober if that is what you really want in life. You have control of your body. You can make yourself drink alcohol, and you can make yourself stop drinking alcohol.

Having a Positive Attitude, the willingness and determination to get and stay sober is the one of the big keys to sobriety. It will be hard, but nothing in life is easy when something good comes out of your hard work.

© 2013 Mark Bruno


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    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Anewday - Thanks for reading and your comment. yes indeed I need to stay strong each and everyday and will never ever give up. Thanks again.


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      5 years ago

      Stay strong and don't ever give up.

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      livingnowsc- Thank you for reading and your comment. I know what you mean by people saying why don't you just quit drinking., They have no idea how hard it is for a drug addict or alcoholic to just stop. You are not alone.

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      5 years ago from Anywhere!

      I struggle with addiction everyday myself.. I love hearing others stories, it makes me know that I am not alone. My addiction wasn't to alcohol, it was drugs, but I can relate in so many ways.. When outsiders don't know what it is like for a addict, and they think that it should be easy and they say that it is a mind over matter, I like to tell them, that if mind over matter is so great, then why can't they just stop breathing...


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