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What Is Life Like After Giving Up An Addiction To Alcohol

Updated on March 20, 2014

Making That Final Decision To Stop Drinking

Making your mind up to finally do something you thought might never happen in your lifetime winds up being a blessing for you, your family and your friends.

This is from my own experience with drinking and abusing alcohol for many years of my life. What is life like after giving up an addiction to alcohol?

Well for me, it was the best thing I could have ever done and only wished that I would of gave up alcohol many years earlier, but that is in the past and now I must continue to move forward with my new life.

I have to be perfectly honest, it was the hardest decision I ever made, simply because alcohol was such a huge part of my life for so many years, and to just stop drinking alcohol forever would be very hard to get used to. Living a life sober was never on my mind, and even though I knew I was doing wrong, not only for me, but my wife and children I was scared to death to live sober and not to have my alcohol each and everyday.

It really was a huge change in my life when I decided to stop drinking alcohol. I knew I had to do something even though all those years of drinking I lived in denial and really thought I didn't have a alcohol problem at all.

My Last Dance With Alcohol

My last night of drinking in my garage. (October 26, 2009)
My last night of drinking in my garage. (October 26, 2009) | Source

What Made Me Finally Surrender To My Demons

Back in October 26, 2009 I was sitting in my garage as I always did, (alone) drinking my beer and wondering why nothing in my life ever went as I thought it should.

All of a sudden a chill came over me and I started to hear a voice in my head, very faint as if it was a whisper and that whisper was the life changing whisper that made me quit drinking and still sober to this day almost 5 years later.

I heard the voice of God. You may not believe this, but it is something that I would not ever make up. The feeling I had was as if something was being taken out of my body so gentle and calming. I felt a sensation throughout my entire body. A chill, a calm and loving feeling.

God told me if I wanted help and were willing to surrender to my demons once and for all, he would help me to make it happen, and that is exactly what happened.

I finally gave in and got out of denial. I drank the rest of my beer and said to myself and God, "this will be the last alcohol that will ever touch my lips ever again. On the morning of October 27, 2009 I was a new man.

Granted, I was scared to death because I stopped drinking cold turkey and was afraid of what might happen to me by not going into a Rehabilitation Center for the right treatment and the safe treatment to detox.

Everyday I wondered if I would be getting sick, but as the days went by the fear began to go away and I knew I was on my way to recovery and long term sobriety.

There were many times I got that urge to drink, but on the night of October 26th after my little chat with God, I made a promise to God and myself and that promise was, "I would never pick up a drink of alcohol for the rest of my life no matter how bad or good my life was." I am a guy that never break a promise especially to myself.

Another thing that helped me to continue to stay sober was my attitude. When I drank alcohol I was a very negative person, but since I changed my ways in life I change my attitude to be nothing but Positive.

Also writing here on HubPages and my own blogs helps me to stay sober. Just knowing that what I write each day might help someone in the world get sober as I did. If I only helped one person to get sober, and stay sober by my writing, that alone is worth more than any money in the world. Just knowing I helped someone that is suffering from an addiction makes everything worth while.

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My Final Thoughts On Sobriety

My final thoughts on my sobriety is that if you want something bad enough in life, anything is possible, and that includes getting and staying sober for the rest of your life.

If you make up your mind and get out of denial sobriety is right there waiting for each and everyone of you that have an addiction to alcohol or even drugs for that matter.

I now know that I can do anything I wish in life, because I beat my demons and changed my life almost 5 years ago. This was something I thought I could never do and that I would be an alcoholic for the rest of my life, but I proved myself wrong.

If you are suffering from an addiction to alcohol and want to change your life then ask for the help you need to get and stay sober. Sobriety is a awesome thing so just give it a try, and trust me you won't be sorry you did.

Having and keeping that Positive Attitude in life can conquer anything including an addiction!

Life Is Beautiful When Looking Through Sober Eyes


© 2014 Mark Bruno


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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Congratulations on making the choice to stop drinking. Thank you for sharing your story. It is inspiring. God has a way of loving us through our faults and helping us to move forward. Stay strong, dear friend.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      A powerful hub which no doubt will benefit so many others. Voted up and shared.


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      Mark Bruno 3 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Rev. Akins - Thank you for reading this and for your kind words to me. It really means so much and I appreciate it !

      God Bless!

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      Mark Bruno 3 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Victoria , thank you so much for those kind words to me. No, I don't attend any AA meetings. That is a good idea though. maybe I should look into it and maybe my stories can help others realize that life is not over because you have an addiction.

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      Mark Bruno 3 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      sujaya venkatesh Thank you for reading and your comment that is dead on right. Nice meeting you as well!

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      Mark Bruno 3 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Faith - Thank you so much for commenting and it is so nice to hear how well your son is doing. That is wonderful that he is helping others. You must be so happy and proud of him.

      God Bless you Faith

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      Rev. Akins 3 years ago from Tucson, AZ

      People that can do something like this on their own impress me to no end. Good for you! What a powerful message.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      It's amazing that you made the decision on your own (and with God) without rehab. Do you go to AA meetings to help? You seem very strong. Wonderful story. Great hub.

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      sujaya venkatesh 3 years ago

      live once, live thoroughly

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Awesome hub and so glad you are sober and thank you for sharing your story!!! My son has the disease of addiction but he made the choice to get help and has been sober seven years now since the age of 19. He has helped thousands of people by speaking around our state and telling his story. He chairs AA meetings. He is a sponsor. I am so thankful for his sobriety, especially after the birth of his three children! Up and more and sharing. God bless, Faith Reaper