I can’t put into words how important setting goals has been to me over the last 7 years. Even though alcohol nearly killed me, and I despise it more than words can express – it left a huge hole in my life when I quit. Alcohol was the centre of my world for years. I … Continue reading How Goals And Lists Kept Me Alive
Alcoholism: Why I tell strangers I’m a recovering alcoholic
Admitting that you are an alcoholic is an incredibly hard thing to do. It's about as personal as it gets. It's also one of the bravest things a person can do. And the only way you can avoid an early grave if you have a drinking problem. The best decision I ever made in recovery … Continue reading Alcoholism: Why I tell strangers I’m a recovering alcoholic
Think you have a drinking problem? Here’s what you NEED to do
If you think you might have a drinking the problem, the chances are you DO indeed have a drinking problem. In private, people are very good at being self-aware about their own health and lifestyle. But accepting that changes are needed and being open with others about any issues, is a different matter. I know … Continue reading Think you have a drinking problem? Here’s what you NEED to do
I’M 6 YEARS SOBER TODAY!
Today, I’m 6 years sober. That’s 2,191 days since I last had an alcoholic drink. 52,600 hours since I last let the demon on my shoulder win. Over 3.1 million minutes of me winning the war against the disease of addiction. It’s my biggest achievement. And I hope that I have millions more sober minutes … Continue reading I’M 6 YEARS SOBER TODAY!
7 years since rock bottom: My journey so far
After a hectic year, I realised the other day that I'd not written in my blog since December. This blog has been a huge part of my recovery for 3 and a half years, and I need to remember that. So, I thought now would be a good time to recap my journey since my … Continue reading 7 years since rock bottom: My journey so far
New Year’s Eve in recovery: Is it worth the risk?
So, once again it's New Year's Eve. A date in the diary where millions of people in the UK get drunk. This will be my 6th New Year's Eve sober. To me, it's just another day. I think, for anyone facing their first New Year’s Eve sober, that’s the key – just treat it like … Continue reading New Year’s Eve in recovery: Is it worth the risk?
Goals, alarm bells and recuperation
Since finally getting sober in 2016, I’ve been driven by a need to make up for lost time. I lost seven years to alcoholism. In my head, that meant that I was seven years behind everyone else my age. I labelled myself an underdog – and that self-evaluation has done me wonders. There is an … Continue reading Goals, alarm bells and recuperation
Nothing is beyond repair
Most who battle alcohol addiction, or any addiction for that matter, leave a trail of destruction in their wake. A long list of friends and loved one’s who have been hurt is almost guaranteed. Trust will be lost, and relationships will be ripped to pieces. Believe me, I know all to well how it can … Continue reading Nothing is beyond repair
5 Years sober today – I have my life back!
Half a bloody decade! I just want to use this milestone to remind everyone that no matter how bad it gets, there is always a way back. I never thought I’d emerge from the depths of alcoholism. I’m not ashamed to admit that; I was beaten. My health was extremely poor, I had absolutely no … Continue reading 5 Years sober today – I have my life back!
Are you drinking too much? Blog for ITV Tonight documentary
On Thursday 29th July, I presented my first documentary for ITV about rising alcohol harm and what we need to do, as a society, to combat it. This blog is about what I discovered whilst making the programme. You can catch up on the documentary via this link: https://www.itv.com/hub/tonight/1a9757a0116 My addiction to alcohol ripped through … Continue reading Are you drinking too much? Blog for ITV Tonight documentary