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Living Life As A Non-Drinker

Updated on September 6, 2013

Addicted to Sobriety, Drunk to Sober, Sad to Happy are some of the things we go through when turning our lives around and getting clean and sober.

Living life as a non-drinker in the beginning is not fun at all. This I learned through my experience of being addicted to alcohol to sobriety.

All the things we wished we could do at parties, gatherings, celebrations and so on can not be done anymore because we chose a new life of sobriety.

Living life as a non-drinker can be frustrating in the beginning because we the alcoholics think our fun times of drinking are gone forever.

To be honest, your fun times have just begun being a sober person. You will be having the best time at parties, and you will be able to remember everything the next day, not like forgetting the night before when you drank and abused alcohol.

The Moment Of Truth - Will This Be My Last Drink?

My last taste of alcohol and my last night of my addiction to alcohol. Sobriety starts the next morning and has keep going for 4 years now.
My last taste of alcohol and my last night of my addiction to alcohol. Sobriety starts the next morning and has keep going for 4 years now. | Source

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Changes In The Non-Drinkers Life

Yes this was my last night as a drinker, but believe me that night was a bit scary just knowing in just a few hours I would not be able to ever drink alcohol again, and my road to recovery will begin.

Many things had gone through my mind that night in my garage, such as, "will I be able to keep my promise that I would never pick up a alcoholic drink again?"

Will I be strong enough to get and stay sober, and live my life with long term sobriety? What will I do with myself without having a beer in my hand? What will my drinking buddies think of me with the decision I have made to stop drinking alcohol?

There will be many things I will need to change in my life such as, my way of thinking and acting. You know, when alcohol is a huge part of ones life and you decide to surrender to it and be a non-drinker, things will never be the same in the sense of having that crutch with you every single day of your life.

You will now be left alone and fending for yourself without the help of the poison that you have carried with you throughout the years you were addicted. You will be making all decisions and not letting alcohol make them for you. You will be thinking clearer and making more positive decisions without alcohol tampering with your mind.

As hard as it might seem in the beginning of sobriety, you will get used to your new life and get used to having no alcohol in your life, but you need to be strong and determined enough to say NO to the possible urges and temptations that your past demons will bring to you.

Oh yes, your demons will still be hanging around in your life just waiting for you to get that urge to drink and give in, even for that one drink. You can never let that happen and must not ever have one sip of alcohol. You know as well as I do what will happen if you give in and have one drink. It is all or nothing my friends! No cheating! No saying one drink will never hurt because it will hurt and will hurt more than the first!

You will indeed get used to your new life as a non-drinker. I did, and I am in love with sobriety as you will be too. You just have to give it time and give sobriety a chance. It will happen and you will be so glad you made that life change for the better, not only for you, but for your family and friends that care and love you so.

Be proud of being a non-drinker and tell others just how proud you are of yourself. Always continue to stand up to your demons that ran and almost ruined your life, and all those lives that took that horrible ride with you throughout your years of drinking and abusing alcohol.


When The Urge Strikes

Granted anyone that has stopped drinking alcohol and are living a life of sobriety there will be times in that person's life that the urge to drink will come back. It has come back to haunt me many times, but I needed to be strong enough to say "no I can not do this." I have worked too hard to get to the point in my life that I am in now and that is being a clean and sober person.

When those urges or temptations ever come back to you, and they will at some point, you need to think of the life you had when you were addicted to alcohol.

You need to remember all the things you did and said that you would have never done being sober. No one in their right mind would ever want to go back to that place again. I know I wouldn't, that's for sure.

Remember how your life was and how negative you were because of your addiction. Remember how depended you were on alcohol just to get through the day.

Remember the arguments and fights you had, whether it be with your spouse, partner or a friend. It is truly something to think about when that urge to drinks comes about.

Nothing in life is worth having a drink to make a problem go away, and we all know alcohol FIXES NOTHING. It never did and never will, so don't try to wash your problems way with alcohol because it will not work.

Figure whatever it is that is bothering you or whatever problem you may have doing it sober and believe me the outcome will be much better and more positive being sober.

© 2013 Mark Bruno


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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Congratulations on four years of non-drinking. I admire your stamina and attitude, especially how you are helping others to overcome the addiction. God bless you.

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      Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

      I feel the same way Mark. I am so glad I met you here. You know that I have lost many to this disease, so I feel so happy and healed that your reaching out to others and offering them hope. God Bless and have a great week. You have such a huge heart and it shines through your articles.

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      Mark Bruno 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Minnetonka Twin- Thank you my friend for your comment and kind words to me. Your comments including this beautiful one have touched my heart over and over again, and makes me feel so good inside knowing that I maybe helping others.

      I really appreciate your comments and feel blessed to know and have a friend such as you even though we really never met.

      God Bless you and yours !! :)


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      Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Another incredibly Inspiring Article my friend. You are helping so many people that are struggling with addiction-If you save one life or get one person to stop using, you've done a tremendous service here. I know in my heart that you have. Keep on writing and inspiring. I say it every time I stop by, you have a very important mission in your life. God Bless you for being such a caring person and giving other addicts, hope.