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When Is Enough Enough When It Comes To An Alcohol Addiction

Updated on August 12, 2013

How Much Can Your Body Take ?

When someone has an addiction to alcohol, and they have been abusing alcohol for so many years, when is enough enough when it comes to an alcohol addiction?

When is it time to make a change in ones life, and get clean and sober before it is too late?

Alcohol addiction is a horrible thing. I know I was there for many years and to tell you the truth I thought I had NO problem whatsoever, even though so many people thought so different.

If your are addicted to alcohol and abuse alcohol to the point that you need it everyday of the week, you must have looked in the mirror and have seen the difference in yourself.

Did you, or do you see someone different staring back at you in that mirror? Are you afraid of what you see or you just don't care at all? Are you in denial and thinking you have no problem with the alcohol you drink each and everyday?

Are you the type of person that knows you have a addiction to alcohol but are to a shamed to ask for the help you need to get and stay sober?

Deep down inside you, you must know there is a huge problem with the life you lead. I knew that problem, but I was too embarrassed to ask or admit I needed help.

When do you think enough is enough when it comes to stopping drinking? Would it be when your body starts to shut down because of the abuse you put it through all the years of drinking alcohol?

Would it be time to say goodbye to your addiction to alcohol when a Doctor tells you your liver is shot and there is no repairing it now.

Would those words be enough to say, "I am going to get sober and stop drinking alcohol." I would certainly hope so.

I realize that trying to break the horrible habit of drinking and abusing alcohol is a huge task. I know I was there back in October of 2009 when I said enough was enough and I needed to stop drinking alcohol forever.

When Is the Time to Stop Drinking Forever?

If you are an alcoholic, and know you have a problem, then what measures should you take in order to change your life around for the better and start living the clean life?

  • First off, you must get out of the denial you are living in and realize you need to stop drinking and get sober.
  • You need to look into that mirror and see who is looking back at you. Are you happy with who is looking at you, or are you a shamed of what you have become because of an avoidable alcohol addiction.
  • Are you proud to say you are an alcoholic or are you embarrassed to even mention it to anyone?
  • Do you like the way your body has changed over the years of drinking, such as weight gain or weight loss?
  • Do you hide from those that do not drink alcohol and drink alone?
  • Are you happy with your family life, such as your spouse, children, parents and friends?
  • Are those people fed up with you and your addiction to alcohol?
  • Are your family and friends beginning to stay distant from you because of you addiction?

I can go on and on, but you get what I am saying, I hope. You need to sit down and take a good hard look at your life and the lives of those that love and care for you.

You have to want sobriety for yourself and not be forced into living a clean and sober life, because I have found that if you don't want sobriety in your life, no person or place will make that happen without the will and pure determination of the alcoholic.

You need to help yourself before any place or person can help you. You have to have it in your heart and soul that you want a better life for yourself and your family, and until you want it for yourself, things will be a bit rough getting and staying sober.

I am not a Doctor or a Therapist, but through my experience of drinking alcohol I know if you don't want to change your life, then recovery is in the distant future until you are 110 % ready to change and get sober on your terms and not someone that is forcing you to get sober.

I did it and so can you my friends. With the willingness, determination and huge desire to make your life right, you can and will get and stay sober.

Once you take that first step towards sobriety, never let anyone or anything get in your way or try to stop your road to recovery. There will be lots of things that may happen in your life as they happened in my life once I got sober, BUT never let it get to you to the point of picking up that drink to drown your problems and sorrows.

If so, it will be the worst mistake of your life and believe me, you will be so disappointed in yourself by letting the demons take control of your body again.

Be STRONG and stand up to the addiction to alcohol that could of, or did ruin your life once before. Believe and you will achieve sobriety my friends!!!!

© 2013 Mark Bruno


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      Mark Bruno 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      jpcmc- Thank you for your comment and you are so right. The feelings and peace we have inside us, we CAN do anything in this world.

      Chris- I am so sorry for taking so long replying to your comment, but thank you. I really wish these hubs I write will help many.

      Carol- Thank you for reading and your comment, And no you were not rambling at all. Such a shame for your friend. I know others (my friends) that are the same way. It is a huge job to stay sober each day but entirely worth every bit of work. Thank you for the Vote Up and Shared Carol. Sorry it has taken so long to reply.

      bac2basics- Thank you for your comment and I am sorry to hear about your husband. Thank you also for your kind words to me.

      Lynda- Thank you for your comment and for reading this hub and others. Also, thank you for sharing these to those you may feel need to read. I really hope they read them and hopefully change their lives. I pray everyday that my writing will help many.

      Ruchira - Hello my friend and thanks for reading and your comment.

      Fossillady- Nice to see you here and I am thrilled that your sister has been sober for 3 years. That is so wonderful!!. tell her to keep up the great work as I will continue to write and stay clean and sober. What a life sobriety is. Just love it!!!

      God Bless you and your sister :)

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      Kathi 4 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      I like how you offer more encouragement to people especially if they're on the fence about their disease. I watched my sister go through this and thank goodness she's been three years sober. Too bad she missed all those years being numb and not really living life to the fullest.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Wise pointers, thecleanlife.

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      lmmartin 4 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      Thanks, Peter, for another great article on this problem. I send links to your work to those in my life who need to read (and hopefully think about) the ideas you have so clearly expressed here. Voted up. Lynda

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi Peter. Well done you for choosing and sticking to a clean life, it takes a lot I know because my dear late husband was an alcoholic. Like you he managed to stop drinking eventually and stayed sober. I am sure this hub will help many, and I hope it does. Keep well and keep up the good work :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      We all know alcoholics and most of them think they just like to drink. Many do not reach bottom and and function with bouts of drunkedness. There is one I know...don't want to reveal...Reached rock bottom enough to spend 4 months in jail. She caused so much grief to people and they all have forgiven and she even found a great job..was fired for drinking...She has been sober..but no longer goes to meetings...And regardless I think she has no conscience and her words of regret meaningless..I give her about 4 months of no drinking. I think that you have to look into your soul and face up what you have done and who you really are.....It is kind of like going on a diet...You can stick with the diet for a long time until you lose the weight and the old eating habits return. I think it is a decision on a daily basis..After all the damage you have caused has been resolved in some way or another.. you are back at it..She didn't have enough pain..and maybe that is unkind of me but I think you have to lose something...I speak not from experience but from watching many...Hope I didn't ramble..I know you have had a huge battle but keep plugging along. Cudos to you. Voting up and sharing.

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from Missoula, Montana at least until March 2018

      Mark, nicely done. Keep up the good work presenting hope to those who believe there is no hope.


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      JP Carlos 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      I believe that people can choose a healthier life. When we have peace inside, we can do almost anything.