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How To Stop Drinking Alcohol On Your Own

Updated on May 5, 2012

To be able to accomplish something on your own is certainly an achievement and something hopefully to be proud of. It takes a lot of hard work and determination to achieve such an accomplishment.

When it comes to having any kind of addiction and wanting to give it up for good is where we need to have strong will and strong determination to achieve this one. In my opinion this, the addiction we have will want to fight to the bitter end and believe me those demons don't want you to win this battle.

They seem to win us over each and every day we drink alcohol or use drugs. In our demons eyes they feel they are unbeatable. They have run and ruin our lives for too many years and are quite used to their feeding each and every day.

After many years of drinking alcohol I just made up my mind and finally surrendered to those demons. I said that I'd had enough and they had won by basically ruining my life as of then, but I refused to let this go on anymore.

After long thought, I made a pack with myself, that I would never pick up a drink of alcohol again. This was very hard to leave something behind that I loved for so many years, but I knew if something didn't change I would have short life and possibly a painful one too. I didn't want to die from something that was totally avoidable and control by me and me alone.

It was up to me to find out how to stop drinking on your own. I thought there must be a way that I can program my mind to wipe all thoughts of alcohol right out of my mind. I know, it sounds so easy on paper, but I needed prepare myself for this huge change in my life and I wanted it to be just perfect and as smooth as possible.

Sure I was worried about what side effects might happen when I decided to just go cold turkey. It was always in the back of my mind,"I hope I don't get sick like some of the stories I've heard of."

I had to stop worrying about that and just go for it and don't look back. I picked a start date and stuck to it and I was off to the races. Sobriety here I come!

As hard as it was to get my mind in a positive mode instead of the negativity I always had when drinking, I did it. I knew that being negative would not help me or anyone for that matter to accomplish this huge change in life style and my life period,

I thought to myself always, I wanted to live and see my family grow and to walk my daughter down the isle on her wedding day. To see my grandchildren grow into adults and teach them what i have learned in my life. I want to spend my golden years with my loving and supported wife and to be healthy. I want to fulfill the dreams and goals I always had before I became addicted to alcohol.

If I continued down the path of my self destruction I would never be able to do any of what I had just mentioned. It helps to think of those things. It gives you hope that there is a better life out there to enjoy and to enjoy it sober.

Over time the cravings had vanished and I knew then, that I was well on my way to recovery.

One of the most important lesson I would try to teach is not to drink alcohol or use drugs, but they will have to be strong and smart enough I hope to figure that out.

So with now having my mind set to positive attitude mode and thinking of those things of my life it gave me the drive to get and stay sober.

All of this may sound foolish to some people, but this is what I had to think of and do in order to beat my addiction. I will always be considered an alcoholic in the eyes of myself and others as well, but just having that word pined on me forever even gives me more determination to stay clean and sober.

I did something that I thought I would never be able to do, but by thinking positive and by thinking of all that I would miss out on gave me the strength to find my road to recovery. \

Anyone can do the same if and only if, you truly want it, and are willing to admit you are an alcoholic and are willing to get the help you need, if you can not do it on your own.

God Bless everyone that is struggling with an addiction. Keep your spirits high and keep the faith and believe in our higher power (God) and with all those things you CAN make your life the way it should be and that is Sober Living.

Give your life and body a second chance. You won't be sorry you did, beleive me!


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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Missoula, Montana at least until March 2018

      Mark, great job with recovery and also with this article. I hope you have influenced many people with your encouraging words. I've got 5 years, 10 months and 9 days of joyful sobriety and wouldn't trade it for anything.

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      Anan Celeste 2 years ago from California

      Hi Mark! I am very proud of you my friend. I guess even though I don't know what it feels like to achieve such a feat, because I don't drink, I was raised by an alcoholic, my grandma. She is been living with me for the past five years, and I refuse to buy her alcohol (she's 89). She is manipulative, verbally abusive and when my father brings her beer she becomes violent with me when I cut her off. The advanced Alzheimer does not help either. Am I doing the right thing? My father drinks too, A LOT , and they drink together on Saturdays. I told him to not give into her demands. I guess he feels bad for her when she begs. He says that I dont understand. I guess this is a lost cause. I was thinking of sharing this with him, but If two ex wives and five estranged children wont do, he wont care either. Is all about choice, I guess. Out of three generations, I'm the only one that never took on the bottle, but the only that had to clean the aftermath. That's why you deserve my respect sir. Blessings


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      Mark Bruno 2 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Jennifer Worden - I just wanted to thank you for your kind words and tell you how sorry I am hearing about your sister. It really is a tough thing to conquer , but if there is a will there is a way. The alcoholic (including myself ) never realize they are not only hurting themselves and slowly killing themselves they are hurting and destroying their own flesh and blood. Now that I think of what I put my family through with all those years of drinking and abusing alcohol I feel horrible. I pray that your sister sees the light before it may be too late. I always say since I have been sober (5+ years now)(October 27, 2009) I wish I could wave a magic wand and cure all addictions. It hurts me to see others destroying their one and only life. God Bless you , your family and your sister. I hope things turn around all for the better Jennifer.


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      Jennifer Worden 2 years ago

      This is awesome... I say good job to you.. I have a sister who is a major MAJOR drinker.. She recenlty quit but keeps relapsing. She is currently staying with me, and it hasn't got bad, but it's getting to the point i"m going to have to ask her to leave I have a family with kids and they don't deserve to see her kill herself. Right before I got her into rehab the doctor told her she didn't have another party in her it would kill her.. The addiction is too much and she allows it to win so hats off to you stay strong and keep sharing your story as it will motivate others... I know this is old, but it's an awesome article thank you for sharing..

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      Mark Bruno 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ James- I am sorry it has taken so long to reply, but want to thank you for your comment and kind words to me.

      I really appreciate it!

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      James Timothy Peters 5 years ago from Hammond, Indiana

      This is an AWESOME article...

      You're the "Man"!!!

      Great, great, GREAT article!

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      Mark Bruno 6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      swb64 Thank you for commenting and it is possible to quit drinking on you own, but everyone can do it. Some may need professional help and to be safe while detoxing.

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      swb64 6 years ago from Addingham, UK.

      Very well wrote, those alone know more than anyone the difficulties given to overcome problems alone...