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What Is A Life Of Sobriety Really Like When You Have Been Addicted To Alcohol For So Long?

Updated on August 22, 2013

What Does Sobriety Feel like to Those That Have Abused and Drank Alcohol

For the alcoholic, they wonder, "what is a life of sobriety really like when you have been addicted to alcohol for so long?

Here is what I have experienced in my life, from being addicted to alcohol to living a life of sobriety.

The choices are in each of our hands, and you are to decide which life you want to live. We have two choices, drink alcohol or live life sober.

Just think when we drink alcohol and are addicted to that very substance what we are missing out on in life. There were times in my life that I put alcohol before all else. There were times that I didn't attend family functions because there was no alcohol being served.

Can you relate to that? I would feel lost without my crutch being there to comfort me and make me more social able and feel at ease to talk among the rest of the people I would be around. Alcohol lets you open up and talk with ease, which being sober for many they find it hard to associate with others.

There were many things I missed out on in life, and one being spending quality time with my wife and children. The reason is that I chose alcohol before what was suppose to be the most important thing in my life, and that was my family. I was a functioning alcoholic, so I did go to work everyday even though I felt like total crap, but I made it each day and never called out because of how I felt from drinking alcohol the night before.

So many of us that are addicted to alcohol have missed out on many things in life, and now being sober we have the opportunity to make our life and other lives a great one.

What Sobriety Means to Me

Sometimes I have no words to explain how sobriety has changed my life and the lives of those that hung in there and gave me a chance to prove myself and change my life. It is as if I was born again.

Even though each one of us were born pure and clean and lived sober, until that one dreadful day we started to drink alcohol that would change our life forever. Thanks to our addiction to alcohol it changed the lives of the ones we love and care for as well.

The innocent people that loved us and cared for our well being were dragged into our addiction right along with us. They didn't ask to be part of our addiction, they were gifted by us the miserable Hell of addiction.

Now that you and I are sober we can go anywhere in a split second and not worry about drinking and driving. We can do anything we wish without the worry of being hurt by being under the influence of alcohol. We have a clear mind and know exactly what we are doing verses doing things we normally wouldn't do when we are drunk.

We can finally spend quality time being sober with our families and friends. We can enjoy life in a sober way, and appreciate everything life has to offer through the eyes of sobriety.

Sobriety is a wonderful thing and if you still have a problem with your addiction, please stop for a moment and think just how great your life would be being sober.

Your life will certainly change be being clean and sober, just how my life has changed since October 27, 2009 when I had my last drink of alcohol.

© 2013 Mark Bruno


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      Mark Bruno 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      SilverGenes - Thank you so much for reading and your kind comment. Yes , alcohol does touch everyone one way or another as you said, and it is a shame the alcoholic drags other family members through his/her addiction. I sure learned from my mistakes.

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      SilverGenes 4 years ago

      This is so true. My family has several members who have had difficulty with alcohol and it changes everything and everyone it touches. Thanks for sharing your personal journey and massive kudos for your accomplishment!