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How To Surrender To Your Addiction To Alcohol

Updated on August 28, 2011

The word, surrender can mean, giving up, giving in, quitting, but how to surrender to your addiction to alcohol means you are leaving something behind that you truly love and think you can't get along in life without it.

Not true at all, because I am proof that surrendering to an addiction to alcohol can be done. I know that many alcoholics that have surrendered to their addiction probably read this and think I'm tooting my own horn here, but I want and I need to put out to anyone that is addicted to alcohol, that there is hope for sobriety if you really want it in your life.

Surrendering to any kind of addiction and in my case alcohol is a tough job and it takes a huge willingness and desire to come clean and sober. Without the desire and willingness to be sober the chances are slim to none that you will see sobriety in the near future. Although, if you have that desire and you want to live a fresh and sober life then you are going to make it and surrendering to your addiction to alcohol will be much better to deal with because you have it in your mind and heart that you want to change and live a clean and sober life.


Here is the way I surrendered to my addiction to alcohol and I hope something I say will turn the light bulb on in your live and you too can find sobriety as I did.

  • I looked at my life years before I started to drink alcohol .
  • I then looked at my life and how I was living it at that present moment.
  • I looked at my family and saw it getting dimmer and dimmer as days went by.
  • I looked at my physical appearance in photos of before drinking and looked in the mirror of the way i looked, and as we all know mirrors never lie.
  • I looked in my closet at all the clothes I couldn't wear do to being too small for weight gain.
  • I looked at my back account a small the difference from spending too much money on my addiction to alcohol.
  • I saw how family and friends started to become distant from me when I drank alcohol.
  • I realized that I was putting my addiction to alcohol before all else and that was including my family.
  • I never wanted to go to parties or functions that didn't have alcohol, so I made an excuse to stay home and drank alone.
  • I lost interest in things I loved to do before I started on my drinking life.

These are just a few things that when I really looked deep into them I then realize I had a real addiction to alcohol and I needed to stop drinking and real fast. These things mentioned above gave me the willingness to change my life and if I didn't there would be some real bad consequences coming my way sooner than I thought.

So if your are serious about quitting drinking than look at your own life and how you are living it. Look at what you are doing to the family that loves you and when you see all of this right in front of your eyes it may open up the gates to sobriety for you. You have to want to help yourself in order to be helped. Believe in yourself and believe in God that will help and hold your hand through all the rocky roads ahead while reaching for your own sobriety and changing your life for the better. I wrote a hub on just how my life changed in a second from a life changing whisper.


I have to say that being clean and sober now going on 2 years has been a wonderful experience. So much has changed in my life such as and one of the most important my family and my wife and the closeness that has been missing for so long do the addiction to alcohol stepping in our way.

My dreams are beginning to come true and life overall is great, so just try sobriety out. You will never be sorry and it will not hurt you at all, although ALCOHOL WILL KILL YOU. It's your choice so make the right one!



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    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      lisadpreston, Thank you so much for your comment. Boy have gone through it too. I'll tell you, many people ask, "have I gone to AA or attending meetings and my answer is No" Just like you said, you can go to these meeting etc but if you don't have it in your heart to surrender on you own terms, it's not gone to work. I made excusses for everything and always said I could quit drinking any time I wanted, but the truth was I could not. I was not ready to be sober. I wish you all the best in your life and writing these articles is therapy for me just as you said. I just hope they can help others suffering with an addiction as we did. Oct 2011 will be 2 years for me and my life has changed to the better so much it is unbelievable.

      God Bless you and thanks again for your kind words also.

    • lisadpreston profile image


      6 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

      As a person who has been addicted to alcohol and declared a chronic alcoholic in the last stages of alcoholism at the age of 17, (I am now 46) I know where you come from. I had it bad. I suffered all of the consequences from addiction except death and escaped that narrowly more than a few times. I tried 3 treatment centers, and AA for 20 years. After being fed up with AA and all of the dishonesty from that organization that I experienced, I finally stopped drinking. What I found the bottom line to be, is when I really made the decision to want to stop, I did. I think I never really wanted to quit all of those years because I did enjoy drinking. I was going to AA and treatments (I think) in hopes that it would make me want to quit drinking. Once I really wanted to, it was no problem. I was using alcohol to self medicate and as a crutch. In some ways I think it helped me cope and I might have committed suicide had I not leaned on it as a crutch. Once I could walk and got clear inside myself, I didn't need the crutch and just quit. Alcoholism is very complicated and what works for one, may not work for another. It saddens me that I have harmed so many (psychologically) and did so much damage to my life because of my drinking. But honestly, I have to look at all of my experiences as learning and growing as a human being.

      I am thrilled to know you have quit and have restored your life and your family life is intact. So many lose their families because they don't quit in time. You are blessed to have a loving and forgiving wife and I know you are grateful. I wish you all of the happiness in the world. Thanks for sharing your experiences and I do believe that writing about them is good therapy and does encourage others to have hope.

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Leslie thanks also for your comment. It means a lot.

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Deborah-Diane Thank you for your comment and it so true, without wanting to surrender to an addiction nothing or no one can help you.

    • LeslieAdrienne profile image

      Leslie A. Shields 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Excellent......... on so many levels

    • Deborah-Diane profile image


      6 years ago from Orange County, California

      Excellent explanation of what it means to surrender and accept that you are an alcoholic. True treatment cannot succeed until you surrender. Good job.

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      You are so lucky not to ever experienced this horrible addiction. God Bless you and thanks for commenting!

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      6 years ago

      Thank god, I'm not addicted to alcohol. But I will suggest this article to the people who are battling with addiction.


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