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What Does a Life Of Sobriety Feel Like?

Updated on June 6, 2013

FROM BEING CLEAN AND SOBER TO AN ALCOHOLIC

Many folks that are addicted to alcohol may ask them self or someone else that has been sober, "what does a life of sobriety feel like?" I want to explain in this hub about my life with alcohol and how quitting drinking not only changed my life, but everyone that is in my life and stuck by my side through thick and thin. They stood by my side knowing that I would become clean and sober one day.

I had started to drink alcohol in my younger years wondering and experimenting as all of my friends were doing. Over time, something that was done to have a fun time, get drunk and to be like all my friends, turned out over the years to be a huge part of my life, and I became addicted to the one thing I thought was just for fun in my younger year.

There were many times I didn't ever remember how I got home on those mornings waking up with a huge hangover. The first thing I thought about, "how did I get home?" "Did I do anything wrong last night?" Thinking back to then brings a chill to my body just thinking about those horrible times. Of course, back then I thought there was nothing wrong, I just got drunk and will be right back to normal in a few hours or after my first drink of the day.

As time went by, those nights and mornings became more frequent and became something that was part of my everyday life. From being a person that was brought up with no alcohol problems in the family, to me being depended on alcohol and becoming an alcoholic.

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BRINGING THE REST OF THE FAMILY DOWN WITH ME

As the years past by, and still drinking more than ever, I met the love of my life. I needed to make a good first impression in order to hold on to this fine young lady. I held back on my drinking too much, but I did drink and shared drinking with her, although she wasn't a big drinker to start with. I believe she drank with me to be sociable and to please me so that I wouldn't have to drink alone. (We are now married 32 years.)

When the nights were over and she had enough and went in for the evening I continued to pound the beers down, because I didn't have my fill, nor did I have the buzz I was looking for before I retired to bed for the night.

This got real old for her, and the way I continued to drink was not helping our relationship whatsoever.

WERE YOU EVER ADDICTED TO ALCOHOL

Have you ever suffered with an addiction to alcohol?

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IF YOU WERE ADDICTED TO ALCOHOL, WHAT DID YOU DO TO GET CLEAN AND SOBER?

If you ever had an addiction to alcohol and were able to get clean and sober, what were the ways you found to help you in changing your life?

Listed here is what helped me to get sober and to be able to stay sober since October of 2009.

  • I looked at where my life was headed if I were to continue to drink and abuse alcohol.
  • I looked at what my family life was at that present time and remembered how it was before I started to abuse alcohol.
  • I listened to my heart that told me I was wasting my life away with drinking and abusing alcohol each and everyday.
  • I needed to get out of the denial that I lived in for so long, and admit to myself that I did have a huge drinking problem and something had to be done fast.
  • I looked at the money I was wasting on alcohol and taken things away from my own family due to my addiction to alcohol.

WHAT ALCOHOL STOPPED ME FROM ACHIEVING

HERE I AM ON THE BEACH OF LONG BEACH ISLAND AND NOW IS MY HOME.  SOMETHING I COULD NEVER ACHIEVED BEFORE WHILE BEING ADDICTED TO ALCOHOL.
HERE I AM ON THE BEACH OF LONG BEACH ISLAND AND NOW IS MY HOME. SOMETHING I COULD NEVER ACHIEVED BEFORE WHILE BEING ADDICTED TO ALCOHOL. | Source

WHY IS SOBRIETY SO LIFE CHANGING

HERE ARE MY REASON WHY SOBRIETY IS SO LIFE CHANGING FOR MYSELF:

  • Sobriety has given me the freedom I longed for while being addicted to alcohol.
  • Sobriety has brought me so much closer with my wife and my children.
  • Sobriety has given me the freedom to come and go as I please without worrying about having an accident or being pulled over and given a DUI.
  • Sobriety HAS CHANGED my life!

A NEW BEGINNING - A NEW LIFE

Being able to stop drinking alcohol and get and stay sober is the beginning of a new life. I am proof of this because my life has changed so much since I stopped drinking alcohol.

Sobriety is a wonderful thing, if only people that have an addiction to it would just give sobriety a chance. Believe me, you would never be sorry, for the world looks entirely different through the eyes of a sober person.

To be able to make decisions with a clear mind and to be able to think clearly without alcohol making those wrong choices for you.

Sobriety is indeed a new life for me and I am very sure if you just give sobriety a chance you too will see how your life will change one day at a time.

MICHAEL HIGHSTEAD'S 7 STEP METHOD TO STOPPING AN ADDICTION

HOW BAD DO YOU WANT SOBRIETY?

The video here explains how to take the steps in quitting drinking, or in fact any addiction. If you truly want sobriety back into your life then you should watch this video.

It just might help you decide to at least cut down for the time being instead of going all out and drinking your entire life away. There are some real great points Michael makes in his video, and ones that helped him in getting and staying sober. I am sure these points will help you to give in to your addictions and start to live a life of sobriety. At least give it a try for yourself and for those that love and care for you.

Let sobriety take over your life instead of an addiction. You will feel like a new person especially when you prove to yourself that you can beat your addiction.

When I stopped drinking alcohol in October of 2009 I never knew what true and long term sobriety felt like, because I wasn't sober long enough in the past to find out what that feeling of sobriety would give me.

Now I know, and know that I did waste many years with my addiction to alcohol, but that was in the past, and I now live in the now, and I look forward to a bright and healthy life living that one and only life we have sober.

Think with a positive attitude and tell yourself that you Can and Will beat your addiction once and for all. I did it and so can you when you put your mind to it and be determined enough to make that life change.



ONE DAY AND ONE STEP AT A TIME

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      A other wonderful share on facing the addiction that destroys life. Thanks for Sharing your experience. Voted up and shared.

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      Mark Bruno 

      5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Hello Linda and it is so nice hearing form you. Thank you so much for your kind words to me and my writing. Your Dad was a great man by doing what he did to help others find their sobriety. This is exactly why I write. I want so bad to help others and save lives before it may be too late for some. Your dad had the right saying and I too, say almost the same. I say :"I did it and so can you."

      Thanks again and God Bless you Linda :-)

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      Linda Rogers 

      5 years ago from Minnesota

      Hi Mark~Wow, all your hubs just give me goosebumps. My dad and you are great examples of how even someone that has drank for years, can quit, and live a beautiful life. Before my dad died, he was very active in talking at AA meetings and other functions. His famous line was, "trust me, if I can stop drinking, you can too." I am so glad you found a voice at HubPages to help others struggling with addictions. As I've said before, what an important mission~ Bless you Mark :-)

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      UberGeekGirl - Thank you for reading and your comment. No indeed it is not easy, but the work to staying sober is well worth every bit. Stay strong too my friend :)

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      Michelle Harlow 

      5 years ago from Calgary

      Thanks for sharing your journey with us. I know from experience it isn't an easy one.

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