I understand Lenny. It has been constant work for me, too.
What seemed to me, to be interesting was: when the obsession to drink had been removed from me. I no longer had that obsession -- and it wasn't taking me any effort to "not drink" as long as I continued to take the necessary actions to stay sober.
I'm still amazed -- that the insanity of drinking -- has been absent for a while now. I no longer think about drinking -- other than a thought that, "Boy! that sure would be my doom!" or, when sharing my story with another alcoholic -- with the hopes that it may help both of us to maintain our sobriety.
It does seem to get easier -- the longer that I continue to be daily consistent in doing the things that I must do -- to hang on to my sobriety.
And, I've also discovered -- that when I'm consistent in doing that -- my life seems to get easier, too. I guess I very seldom have problems because I've been doing less in creating new problems.
Good to hear from you Lenny! I hope to hear again from you soon!