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Writing Keeps Me Clean And Sober

Updated on August 12, 2013

How It Began

It all began over one year ago when I decided to leave a dear friend of mine. It was a friend that stuck by my side through thick and thin and never let me down, so I thought!

This friend I now call my alcohol demon. The alcohol basically followed me where ever I went and to be honest after so long you kind of get sick and tired of that so called friend tagging along with every foot step you take.

It got to be such a hassle having to make sure there was enough beer in the refrigerator or on that hot summer day enough beer in the cooler to last and treat some of my other alcoholic friends.

After someone has drank alcohol for so many years, it not only takes a toll on your body and your relationships, but you just get sick and tired of the same old routine over and over day after day and it becomes time to say, "enough is enough" and then just leave that so called friend standing alone.

When Is Enough ?

How can you tell when enough is enough? With me, it was when you see your life heading nowhere and living each day wondering when the next drink will be. This is no way to live for anybody that is addicted to alcohol. This simple, but most powerful liquid can and will ruin ones life if you let it.

One night drinking in the garage all alone as usual with no one to talk to but my beer can and sometimes to myself and light bulb turned on in my head and I realized after many years of drinking alcohol that this horrible addiction has to stop and it has to stop now.

So, I got my thoughts together and decided it is time to change my life around and live normally like most of the world.

I was about to take on the challenge of my a lifetime, and that was, quitting drinking.  I thought to myself, will I be able to accomplish and achieve sobriety? Will I be able to survive without my friend and live a normal life again?  Will I be able live clean and sober again?

Will I be able to beat all odds and kick this addiction to alcohol once and for all?

What Came Next

What came next was I immediately headed to my computer room and started looking up websites on alcohol addiction and how to get clean and sober. There were so many websites on this topic that I said to myself, wow, there must be a huge problem in this world regarding alcohol addictions and drug addiction as well.

I searched to I found what I thought would help me understand this horrible and addicting substance.

I came across a website called Spiritual River which was the website that gave me hope, willingness and the desire to quit drinking alcohol. As I read and commented on many different topics I came to realize I may have found my niche and I would love to write articles about my experiences with alcohol and hopefully help people as this website is now helping me.

After intense reading of this website I came to know the author through reading and commenting on his articles. He gave me the hope and the desire that I needed and I will be forever thankful to him and all of his help.

I admired the Spiritual River website and the author as well. I wanted to be successful in my sobriety as he and I knew that I came across the right site to help me.

I decided to try and start a blog though Google and try my hand at writing articles to hopefully help people as Spiritual River helped me.

I came up with my domain name and called it The Clean Life and this is where my writing began.

Having an Addiction to Writing About It

As a person that hated school, never studied, never read many books and to top it off, never wanted to write. Isn't funny just how life changes throughout the years of your life. The desk that I was supposed to be doing my school studying many years ago is the same desk I now write my articles on alcohol addiction. Pretty bazaar wouldn't you think?

Writing keeps me clean and sober and it's something I have learned to love instead of my alcohol addiction. It brings me joy and happiness to be able to put my thoughts, my ideas and my experiences down on paper and share with the world.

My dreams and goals in life now are, to be able to help someone in my writings on addictions and ways I have found to help me be able to achieve my sobriety. Just maybe one of my articles will hit home for someone that is suffering from an addiction, and that article may just change their life as Spiritual River changed mine.


The moral of this story is there is always hope in anything you want in life if you truly want it bad enough. 

I wanted sobriety in the worse way, but over the years I really didn't know how to go about getting it and being in denial didn't help whatsoever.

So, now I have accomplished and achieved my dream, the dream of being clean and sober and now being able to write about it is the best gift of all.  To be able to hopefully help someone else in the world to find their sobriety as I did, and if my writing helps it will bring me much joy and happiness.

If you have surrendered to an addiction and find it tough each day to stay clean and sober, try taking up some sort of hobby to keep your mind busy or just take up article writing here on Hubpages and tell your story to all.

© 2010 Mark Bruno


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    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      8 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ delima05 ,Thanks for your comment and it's unreal just how writing helps me and keeps me sober. It's just the fact that what I write about hopefully will help others and that is all the medicine I need.

      Have a great Christmas Holiday !!

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      8 years ago from Lancaster, NY

      I would agree, the things that hurt or effected you the most, are sometimes the best thing to talk about, and drugs fall under that column unfortunately. I've started writing myself and get the same joy you do.

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      8 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @,Thanks so much for your kind comment. Means a lot to me! I have just learned along the way through life.

      Hope you and your family have a Very Merry Christmas and and Safe a Happy New Years!

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      8 years ago

      For someone who never did much schoolling, all I can say is keep up the great work because the tracks you are leaving will inspire many for many years to come. Happy Christmas, the Clean Life!

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      8 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ WoodsmensPost Thank you for your comment and very nice to hear from you again. I too have lost friends due to alcohol and drugs. I am so glad I was able to achieve something that I thought I never could. Sobriety is wonderful and so is my life now.I will never ever go back to that horrible addicted life again.

    • WoodsmensPost profile image


      8 years ago from Arizona

      Hey Mark I just wanted to say that sobriety can help make you think more clearly and help you make better decisions in your life. A drinker wont stop until its time I know too. I have lost many friends to the disease and for my father its not time even tho he is sick. Its OK not to forget the past because thats what keeps it real and I'm happy you found serenity through writing. Amazing things can happen with sobriety some of which were only dreams while sitting in the garage all those lonely nights. Take care my friend and spread your wings the miracles you will experience were always close to you its just we were to blind to see them. Peace WP

    • Mistress of Spice profile image

      Mistress of Spice 

      8 years ago from uk uae

      lol u welcom...happy writing...

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      8 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ Mistress Of Spice, Thanks so much... I try.

    • Mistress of Spice profile image

      Mistress of Spice 

      8 years ago from uk uae

      lol Mark an antidote...........good one :-)

      Mistress of spice


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