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How To Stay On The Road To Recovery And Long Term Sobriety

Updated on August 12, 2013

If you or anyone you may know has an addiction to alcohol you may ask yourself how to stay on the road to recovery and long term sobriety?

It is so hard for anyone to take that first step in finding their sobriety after being addicted to alcohol for so many years. I know, I had that same problem. Alcohol was a huge part of my life as it is for so many people that are alcoholics.

Now that I am sober I am trying my hardest to help people understand that their life is not over because they have an addiction to alcohol. The fact of the matter is that these people must have the strength and the willpower to walk away from their addiction and not let the demons hold them hostage, running and ruining their life and others as well.

It was so hard for me to say goodbye to the one thing I loved and lived for, and that thing was the alcohol.

Staying on the Straight and Narrow

I know from my own experience with drinking alcohol and trying to stay sober that it is really a tough road to recovery, but I did it and so can you. I can understand completely how someone can relapse and go right back to drinking alcohol.

All of us have problems in our lives, and I for one have had my share over the past almost three years with problems, deaths in the family and so many other things, but even though I had that feeling and urge of starting to drink alcohol again to ease the pain, and drink to solve the problems I had, I never once took a sip of alcohol, although the urge was certainly there. The reason I didn't drink was that I was strong enough to say NO, I CAN NOT do this!

I will figure this out and deal with the problems and deaths in a sober state of mind, and that is exactly what I did. I am so glad I never let the demons back into my life, because if I were weak and started to drink alcohol again I would of been doomed, and knew that I would relapse and possibly drank more than ever once that first drop of booze hit my lips.

What Helps Me with Long Term Sobriety

There are a few things that helped me with my road to recovery and living with long term sobriety and here they are:

  • First off, I write many articles such as this one regarding alcohol and my life of addiction in hopes that what I have learned by my mistakes will help someone in the world achieve their sobriety and be able to live life sober as I am now.
  • Whenever I may have the urge to drink alcohol, I STOP right in my tracks and start to think of all the hard work I have done to be where I am right at that moment, regarding being sober, and all the months and years I have made it sober.
  • I think of all these great things that have happened in my life since I stopped drinking.
  • I think of the dreams and goals I couldn't achieve because of my addiction, but now they have become a reality since I am clean and sober.
  • I talk about drinking alcohol to others only because they ask how I did it. Writing and talking about my addiction is therapy to me and does help me with my long term sobriety.
  • I am thrilled when I get comments regarding my writing and thrilled more when people write to me and ask me to help them. That means more than any money in the world to me.
  • I am not a shamed of my past and will tell anyone that will listen to my life of alcohol addiction.
  • I look at my wife and children and remember what I had done to them all through the years of me drinking alcohol, and putting alcohol first before all else, including them. That part I am a shamed of and will admit that I was totally wrong by putting an addiction before my own family.

Those things above are just a few things that help me stay sober and live life sober to the end of time. Anyone reading this and has an addiction to alcohol should think it out long and hard before you decide to open that can of beer or mix up that cocktail. Think of what you will be doing to yourself and others that love and care for you, after you have done so well by stopping drinking alcohol.

If by chance you do relapse, even for a day, you will be so disappointed in yourself and kick yourself for letting the demons back into your life, even if it was just that one time. If that does happen you then just blew it and will have to start back at day one (1) of your recovery and long term sobriety.

Do you really want to have to start all over again, just because something upset you and you took that drink of alcohol? I really don't think so! Just learn the magic word, "NO"

BE STRONG! BE DETERMINED TO STAY SOBER FOREVER! NEVER GIVE UP ON YOURSELF! BELIEVE IN YOURSELF AND LOVE YOURSELF AND OTHERS ENOUGH TO HAVE LONG TERM SOBRIETY! DON'T LET THE DEMONS BACK INTO YOUR LIFE NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS IN YOUR LIFE. FIGURE IT OUT BEING SOBER. THE RESULTS WILL BE MUCH BETTER THAN TRYING TO FIX THINGS BEING DRUNK.

GOD BLESS ALL THOSE THAT ARE SUFFERING FROM AN ADDICTION TO ALCOHOL! IT IS NOT THE END OF THE ROAD FOR YOU! ONCE YOU TAKE THAT FIRST STEP TO SOBRIETY IT WILL BE THE BEGINNING OF A FRESH AND NEW, ENJOYABLE SOBER LIFE!

TRY LONG TERM SOBRIETY. YOU MIGHT JUST LOVE IT, AS I DO NOW!

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© 2012 Mark Bruno

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Good encouragement for those who need the pep talk to continue on the road to success.

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      Mark Bruno 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      molometer Thanks for reading and your comment :)

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      molometer 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks for sharing your journey with us.

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      Mark Bruno 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Peanutritious- Thank you for the comment and a HUGE CONGRATS to you on staying sober. Great work!! Keep it up and as the days and weeks and months pass by it will get easier. Stay positive and DON:T give in ever. Be stronger than your addiction. You can do it. I did it and never thought I could, but I keep that positive attitude and believed in myself that I would make this work once and for all. I was sober for two years a while back and had a glass of wine and that was the end of me. Don't touch not even one drop and you will be fine. I just walk around with my McDonalds coffee and I am a happy person. I can go to bars and restaurants and even my daughters wedding where the booze was flowing strong and I just sat there and had my coffee.

      I know what you mean, a weight off my shoulders too. Alcohol is intended for 3 reasons, to get you drunk, give you a hangover and sooner or later kill you one way or another.

      God Bless you and stay strong my SOBER friend :)

      Mark

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      Tara Carbery 5 years ago from Cheshire, UK

      Thanks for this! This is the positivity I need to keep hearing. I am still in my early days of sobriety (5 weeks) but gave up for 2 Years previously. I'm feeling like a cloud has lifted and life is sweet. Voted up!

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