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!
Reaping the Rewards of Recovery
‘’Life can be a funny thing’’. Those were the words of my auntie Gail who’s visiting from Australia. She was one of the many family members who were forced to watch from afar as I ripped my immediate family to pieces with my destructive alcoholic behaviour. Those words escaped her mouth as she watched a … Continue reading Reaping the Rewards of Recovery
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
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!
Drinking to forget
It’s now been around 15 months since we first went into lockdown in the UK. During that time, many of the alcohol support helplines have reported huge increases in the number of people reaching out for help. According to research by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, nearly 8.5 million adults were drinking at high risk … Continue reading Drinking to forget
The Truth About Alcohol Withdrawal
Whenever I’m approached for help by someone who is struggling with their drinking, I always ask the same question before anything else – ‘do you suffer withdrawals when you stop?’. If they’re unsure, I go on to ask how much they’ve been drinking and how many days, weeks, months they’ve been drinking at that level. … Continue reading The Truth About Alcohol Withdrawal