Crushing alcohol addiction is a new blog I have started and to be added to the blog I have already have called "The Clean Life." I started The Clean Life blog about three years ago after I surrendered to my own addiction to alcohol. I had been drinking alcohol for many of years and starting at the age of 19 years old. Something that started out as a experiment and having a good ole time with the guys turned out to be an addiction to alcohol in the end.
Anyone that has an addiction to alcohol knows that it is a tough addiction to break, especially if your heart and soul is not into getting clean and sober. You need to have to want sobriety so bad that you will do anything in the world to get sober and stay sober for the rest of your life.
I am sure that many alcoholics may think, as I did, what is the sense of stopping drinking when the damage is already done. We are only making excuses to not surrendering to our addiction.
I thought the same way, and lived in denial for all those years thinking, " I don't have an addiction to alcohol and anyone that thinks I have are totally crazy.
We are only lying to ourselves.
You need to have a positive attitude when you have decided to stop drinking alcohol and with having the right frame of mind and wanting sobriety so bad it will not work. Sure it may work for a week or possibly a month until something has gone wrong in your life and you go back to alcohol to fix the problem.
You need to be strong and have the determination to stay sober in order for you to have long term sobriety.
Once you have taken that first step towards sobriety there will be a few things you may have to give up besides your addiction to alcohol, and they are as follows:
First of all, you have to make a promise to yourself that once you have got out of the lived in for so long and what to change your life you need to promise yourself that you will never be able to pick up another alcoholic drink again. Once you have made that promise to yourself you then will see other things that you may have to give up.
For myself, I had to give up and stay clear of all my past drinking buddies and I would imagine you will have to do the same. I realize that the so called good friends only were my friend because we all had something in common and that was drinking alcohol. They will look at you like you have two heads when you tell them you have stopped drinking alcohol. Believe me, they will try everything in their power to stop you from quitting drinking.
You will have to stay clear of passing your favorite bars and night clubs.
You will need to keep yourself very busy, mentally and physically in order for you not to have time to think of the addiction you have just stopped.
For me, and I am only talking about me here. I can now go to bars and I have been to weddings and none of the people that are drinking alcohol and the so called fun they are having drinking there life away bothers me whatsoever. I order my root beer and black coffee and I am happy. Many people ask me "why are you not bothered by people drinking alcohol in front of you?" My answer is that I made my mind up, and made a promise to myself that I will never drink alcohol again, and I am a man of my word and do not break promises especially to myself.
Here is a link to my eBook called, My Life Of Alcohol Addiction. It is about when and why I started to drink alcohol and how I stopped my addiction going cold turkey.
Any person that has an addiction can do this. It is all in your mind and having the strength to say the word NO! It really is as simple as that!