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Why Is It So Hard To Quit Drinking Alcohol?

Updated on February 24, 2014

You Just May Not Be Ready To Quit Drinking

So many alcoholics ask the question to themselves, including me, "why is it so hard to quit drinking alcohol?"

I often thought, and ask this question many times and could never really come up with an answer that was making any sense to me. I truly believe living with an addiction to alcohol like I had, and so many other people have, is that alcohol has become a huge part of ones life and it really is hard to just quit drinking alcohol and start living a life of sobriety.

I also came up with another reason it is so hard to quit drinking, especially for myself, and that was I simply wasn't ready to surrender to my demons. My alcohol demons felt very settled in my body and they thought they would be in my body and run my life till the end of my time here on Earth.

My Last Dance With My Demons

Here I am the night before October 27, 2009. Enjoying my last sips of alcohol before I would completing change my life around.
Here I am the night before October 27, 2009. Enjoying my last sips of alcohol before I would completing change my life around. | Source

Proving Your Demons Wrong

I proved my demons wrong by finally surrendering to them. I surrendered, quit drinking drinking and now living a life of pure sobriety.

Back in October of 2009 I finally couldn't take my alcohol demons running my life any longer, so I made the decision to quit drinking alcohol forever. Even though it was a very hard decision, I knew deep in my heart it was the right thing to do, not only for my life, but all those lives I ruined each and everyday I drank and abused alcohol.

I couldn't take the way I felt and looked any longer. My demons were getting the best of me and knew it, although I never admitted it to others. When I was called down on my addiction to alcohol I laughed in the faces of those that called me on my addiction telling them they were all nuts and I didn't have an addiction to alcohol, I just enjoyed my beer.

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Living In Denial For So Many Years

Although I knew deep down inside me that I had a problem, but that still wasn't enough to make me quit drinking alcohol. I lived in denial for so many years and drinking alcohol was just in my life and it was a huge part of my life.

Like I said, back in October of 2009 I quit drinking and I can say, if I could do this so can every alcoholic do the same. The problem is that you MUST WANT sobriety back into your life, and till that time comes you will continue to drink and abuse alcohol.

It really wasn't that hard to quit drinking once I made up my mind once and for all. This is not a game by any means! It's either you want to change your life for the better or you don't. There is no half way stuff, such as, I will only drink alcohol on Holidays and weekends.

I tried that one many times before and was very unsuccessful each time. Yes, it worked for a few weeks or a month, but I couldn't take being without alcohol during the weekdays. I wasn't as strong as I thought I was, and my demons STILL had the upper hand on my life. You have to go all the way and quit drinking forever or forget the whole sobriety thing. It is all or nothing my friends!

Quitting Drinking Alcohol

Starting Over In Your Life After An Addiction

My wife and I down at the beach starting a new life after almost being taken over by my demons.
My wife and I down at the beach starting a new life after almost being taken over by my demons. | Source

Once You Put Your Mind To It

Once you put your mind to it and make that decision to quit drinking forever, things get so much better, not only in your life, but the lives you share with others, such as your spouses, friends, children and parents.

Life can't get any better than it is now. I have my health back. I have my family and my wife back and I have a new life back. I live at the Jersey Shore with the Ocean right up the street and it couldn't any better than this. Living clean and sober and living the clean life.

It has been over 4 years since I took my last drink of alcohol, and ever since that night everything has gone nothing but upward in my life, and the lives I share with others.

Alcohol addiction is a killer, and no one is excluded from the destruction that our inner demons of alcohol can do to us.

A Day At The Marina

Having a great lunch at the Marina, living my dream and living life sober.
Having a great lunch at the Marina, living my dream and living life sober. | Source

Getting Sober Is Only As Hard As You Make It

Getting sober is only as hard as you make it. This is what I have found in my journey, and my recovery. To tell you the truth, if I knew getting sober was that easy I would of done it years ago, but like I said before, "I didn't think I had an addiction to alcohol, I thought I was somewhat normal and just like the next guy.

I was certainly like the next guy, a drinker and abuser of alcohol. Know wonder I so many friends, because we all had that one thing in common, and that to drink alcohol everyday and get drunk.

Now that I have been sober, "and nothing against my past drinking buddies" but they have all disappeared and I haven't seen them since I became clean and sober.

I got out of the denial I was living in for so long, made up my mind once and for all to change my life and just did it and never looked back.

You too can do the same thing if you put your heart into it and what nothing but the best for your life, and the lives you share with other.

Take that last dance with your demons, like I did, and change your life!

Really everyday you make it sober it truly does get easier. Sure there will be times you will get that urge or temptation to drink, but it will pass and it is your job NOT to let your demons back into your life no matter how bad it gets.

© 2014 Mark Bruno


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      Mark Bruno 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      teaches12345- Hello my dear friend and thanks once more for your kind words to me. I sure hope my experiences with drinking and then stopping drinking are helping others realize there is hope for a good life after suffering from an addiction of any sorts.

      God Bless you dear

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      God bless you for sharing your story. I am sure it will help many who are trying to break this addiction. I can't imagine how hard it is to overcome the urge to fall back into drinking. I admire your strength and faith.