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Why Does Sobriety Frighten Those That Drink And Abuse Alcohol?

Updated on August 12, 2013

What Makes You so Afraid?

The word Sobriety is not in many peoples vocabulary that drink and abuse alcohol. Why does sobriety frighten those that drink and abuse alcohol?

For all the folks that have been drinking and abusing alcohol for so many years forget what it even feels like to be sober again.

The feeling of peace, love and being free from an addiction to alcohol is the most wonderful feeling in the world. The devil is off your shoulder, and you can live a happy, healthy life once more.

There is no need to be afraid of sobriety and getting sober. Even for myself when I drank alcohol I never even thought about getting sober or how sobriety would feel. That was the last thing on my mine and the first thing that was always on my mind was getting my alcohol and drinking my day and night away.

We all look forward to that buzz that alcohol so kindly gives us. Alcohol is a great thing or IS IT?

It sure does relax you and makes you not think of your everyday life or the problems you may have in your life, but that is only temporary until you sober up.

Sobriety Will Never Hurt or Kill You

I have yet to see sobriety hurt or kill anyone. There is nothing about sobriety that is bad, although many that drink and abuse alcohol may think different.

They would say things such as:

  • There is no way I can have fun being sober.
  • Sobriety is a boring life.
  • I can't make people laugh being sober like I can being drunk.
  • I can't have fun in the bars playing pool and shuffleboard being sober.
  • I won't have that feeling of a great buzz if I were sober.
  • I can not open up and tell my life's story being sober.
  • I am embarrassed to be sober around my drunk friends.
  • I won't think I was superman in the bars and be able to take on the entire bar.
  • My beer muscle's would be gone if I were sober.
  • I would be plan old boring to others if I were sober.
  • I will not be the life of a party.

These are some of the things alcoholics think about sobriety. Living sober is not fun at all is their feeling about sobriety, and I am here to tell you they are entirely dead wrong.

You can do these things being sober:

  • You can have fun being sober.
  • You can be the life any party.
  • You can have fun at bars playing pool and shuffleboard.
  • You can tell your life's story being sober and it would be real, not made up.
  • Your life would not be boring, it would be full of fun and excitement.
  • Although, you would not have that great buzz of alcohol, BUT you will be high on life itself.
  • You would not have beer muscles, BUT they are all fake anyway.

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Never Be Afraid of Sobriety

Sobriety, as I said, will never hurt you and your life will turn out to be a great life if you would only give sobriety a chance.

It is the addiction to alcohol that you MUST be afraid of. This is what will put you to an early grave, one way or another. So, if that is what you want in life is to have yourself an early funeral, then just keep doing what you are doing by abusing alcohol and your body and I can guarantee your wish and dream will come true and it maybe sooner than you think.

I don't like writing things such as the above, but I have to make a point to all those that think that they are indestructible and can abuse alcohol and their body forever. Your addiction will catch up with you whether you believe it or not, and when it finally does you will wish you never had an addiction to alcohol and will pray for sobriety to came back into your life.

Don't wait another minute. Take ACTION and get yourself sober so you can live a life of sobriety.

You don't need alcohol to impress others and make them think you are a cool person, just be yourself and show that someone that lives with sobriety can be just as cool, or even better than that drunk guy/gal standing next to you.



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      Mark Bruno 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Dianna - thank you for your comment. Yes we the alcoholics make any excuse to drink. That photo I took at the bay. Linda and I just love the Seagulls, bay and the Ocean. So glad I was able to move here.

      Thanks again for always commenting on my articles :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Great post, as always. I find this one to cover some areas that men often tend to use as an excuse for drinking. It takes courage to stand along (love your last photo that really brings this home).

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      Mark Bruno 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      kj force- Thank you for your kind comment my friend , I have so much support from the very beginning and life has been wonderful since I retired from drinking lol. I don't know how I drank for all those years and my health didn't decline, well, BP up and I got fat, but thank God nothing major happened to me. Send some of that sunshine from Florida to me please!!

      Have a wonderful rest of the week and Thanks again !

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      Mark Bruno 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      IDONO- Thank you for reading and your comment. There are different stages of alcoholics I would imagine. Just to clarify my addiction, No I wasn't that drunk that woke up in the morning and drank alcohol from morning to night.I was a functioning alcoholic and couldn't go a day without drinking for years. I never went to AA or any meetings. I knew I had a problem and I faced that problem head on, although it took many years to finally realize it.

      I write here and on my blog to help others that have the same problems as I had for many years and to let them know there is hope for all.

      I too felt and sometimes still do, that why is nothing going right in my life, after all I stopped drinking? Why not just drink again I asked myself? I can not do that and I need to always think positive everyday of my life and have to willpower and determination to stay sober.

      Alcohol was my crutch and my best friend for many of years and now I can live without it and live a normal life being sober.

      Thank you also for your kind compliment . I appreciate it.


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      kjforce 4 years ago from Florida

      the clean life....I commend you on being a recovering alcoholic Congrats !

      This is a very misunderstood disease that many have chosen to disguise

      other issues in their life . To them it is an escape from reality to a world of fantasy where they believe they are in control...Only the " victim" of alcohol abuse can make the decision to quit , but needs support from everyone around him...I gave many years to the support of AA and drug abuse...and recently lost a very dear colleague who was a sponsor for many..." RIP Dr. Chet".....

      Awesome write, thanks for the share....

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      IDONO 4 years ago from Akron Ohio

      If I were early in sobriety, (which I'm not ) after reading this and other articles, I would think that I should be " living the dream" as soon as I stop drinking. But it doesn't work that way. When it doesn't, I'd get the attitude that this isn't so great, so I might as well drink. This would happen because the difference between sobriety and a dry drunk were never explained to me. They are night and day.

      See, while an alcoholic is using, alcohol is his best friend, his crutch, his fun, his confidence, his sleep aid, his comfort and a million other things. When he stops, he loses all of these and there is a void that has to be filled. It has to be filled with positive things more meaningful than a pool game.

      There is a lot more to do,to experience true sobriety, than to just stop drinking. Stopping drinking is the easy part.

      I will write my ideas on true sobriety vs. dry drunk in another article. However, you are correct. Stopping drinking, no matter how you do it, will improve your life tremendously.

      I congratulate you on your staying clean and sober and the willingness to reach out to others. But after reading this and some of your other hubs, I question if you are a "real" alcoholic. I'm not implying that you are a fake. But if you read the first couple chapters of the "Big Book" of Alcoholics Anonymous, it describes the definition of a "real" alcoholic. It is impossible to achieve true sobriety through willpower alone. Lack of willpower is how we got in this mess in the first place. Acceptance is the first real step to recovery.

      More to come.