Sobriety and Preparing Yourself For the Road to Recovery

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This is some of the things I have learned about my long addiction to alcohol. First off, I have be drinking alcohol for many years and never thought anything about it. It was just like a ritual I had day after day. I basically thought of it even when I would wake up in the morning. After drinking all night and feeling bad in the morning, I said to myself, I can not wait until work is over so that I can drink again. I never drank at work, but thought about the alcohol all day. I could not wait to get home to my wife, and to my other love, the bottle.

As time went by and I got older, it became obvious that I had a real alcohol addiction, and it was not what I thought years before. I thought it was fine to drink, everyone else did, so I just as well do the same. Things changed for me and my family, do to the denial I had regarding my addiction. One night in October of 2009, I sat down and had a long talk to myself regarding, what am I going to do to help myself and to get my family back on course again like we all were in the beginning.

I started writing down the pros and cons for this addiction I had. It went pretty fast, because I could not think of anything that was good, except getting drunk and having fun and getting sick sometimes. So, I said well, that is one step in the right direction, the bad out weighed the good by far.

Secondly, I knew I had to start to prepare myself for a long road to sobriety. I thought, this can not be this hard, I am stronger than the demons that lurk inside of me, and have taken control of my body and my mind, and basically they are ready to destroy not only my life, but everything around me, including my family.

I started a Positive Attitude and will keep it positive forever. This positive attitude is all we need to help us succeed in life, including this addiction. I do not know about anyone else, but I am not the type of person to just slow up on the alcohol, back off a little at a time. This is when I decided this is it, I have to go cold turkey and do not look back. This for some, may be very hard, and in some situations, if not done correctly could be dangerous. In my case, I was worried a lot about getting sick, which with a lot of prayers, help, and the support from my family everything went very well, with no side affects at all from going cold turkey.

I learned to keep myself always busy, not letting the addiction take over again. I keep my mind open and clear, always thinking positive of what I can have and achieve in life that could not be done before, due to the drinking, which held me back in a lot of ways.

One day, after about three weeks into my journey to sobriety, I said to myself, I have not even once thought about drinking, alcohol, or anything related to it. Where did the urge go? The feeling I had inside was like an empty feeling, but a good empty feeling. It was like the weight of the world was lifted off my shoulders. I felt free at last from the demons that had control of me. I am no longer a prisoner to the addiction I had for many years.

So, I am on the way to sobriety, with no looking back at the past, just a great sober life ahead of me and my family. The only thing I can say to all involved in the same situation that I was in, is that you have to keep a positive attitude always in everything you do, and you will succeed at everything you want in life and more. It is a great feeling when you win at something you worked so hard for, meaning beating the addiction. Always be true to yourself and always stay strong. Keep your head up and be proud of what you have accomplished.

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