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How To Start Preparing Your Mind For Long Term Sobriety

Updated on August 12, 2013

A Life of Sobriety

There are so many alcoholics in the world that just wished they could live a life of sobriety, but the demons of alcohol have them so addicted they don't know any way to free them self from this horrible addiction to alcohol.

This is how to start preparing your mind for long term sobriety from my own experiences, and believe me, it worked for me and I really hope it works for anyone that has an addiction to alcohol and wants to start a new sober life just as I did.

My Way to Recovery

This is what I had to do to prepare myself for a new life and a life of sobriety. Don't get me wrong, I was scared to death to leave my addiction to alcohol behind and start to live a new life clean and sober. I wondered how would I survive each day without alcohol in my body, and I was worried how my body would react without this horrible drug in my system.

When someone has had an addiction for so many years and lived everyday just to drink and get buzzed and/or flat out drunk, they are very worried how they would live each day without it, just as I did. We depend on our addiction and love our alcohol just like it was part of the family, in which in so many cases alcohol means more than your own family does. What a sad thing to say, but it is very true in so many families.

What I did was to first look into the mirror and ask that person looking back at me, who are you really?" You certainly don't look like the person I use to know. Your appearance has changed and you look so old before your time.

You look worn out and worried about where your life is headed if you continue on this path of self-destruction.

I looked into my wife's and children's eyes and saw they were not only disgusted, but very worried about my health and what I was doing to not only myself, but the entire family. You know when you have become so addicted to something such as alcohol you can't see anything past that addiction. You don't even know when someone in your family is suffering right along with you and your addiction. You are completely blinded by the addiction you have.

I needed to figure out what was more important in my life. My health, my wife and children or an avoidable addiction to alcohol. Just looking into their eyes, it was obvious which was more important and that was my family. Now it was time to take massive action on preparing for my sobriety and the road to recovery.

The way I prepared for this was, I said to myself, I now know what is more important and I want to live a long and healthy life. I want all the things in my life that wouldn't be possible if I continued to kill myself and ruin a loving and caring family.

I had to change my outlook on life and start to think and act with a positive attitude and not be so negative and crying poor me all the time. Feeling sorry for yourself is something that drinking alcohol can do to you when you get those crying drunks. Any alcoholic knows exactly what I am talking about. Crying in your beer I call it.

You have to be honest with yourself and make that promise that if you change your life and become sober you can not break and go back to drinking alcohol if something might happen in your life that would upset you. You need to promise yourself you will not drink another drop of alcohol ever again no matter what and stick to that promise.

You have to be fine with your decision to stop drinking. You can't do this half ass, it has to be that you stop drinking alcohol completely and forever.

This is NOT a game you are playing such as, quit drinking for a week or month and figure it is okay to have a few drinks. It is NOT okay!! You have to stick to your sobriety and not play head games with yourself and your demons that are just waiting in the wings for you to mess up and start drinking again. You CANNOT ever let your demons run your life again because they have a way to sneak right back in your life with no problem if and only if you let them.

That is the secret to be stronger than your addiction to alcohol!!

Live your life with a positive attitude.

Believe and love yourself enough to never drink and abuse alcohol again.

Think of your family and friends that love and care for you so much.

Think of your health and living a long and healthy life with your family.

Make up your mind to stop drinking and do it and stick to it no matter what.



© 2012 Mark Bruno


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    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      michiganman567- Thank you so much and thank you for taking the time to read.

    • michiganman567 profile image


      6 years ago from Michigan

      Congratulations on your sobriety and good luck with the clean living.


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