I Stopped Drinking for One Month – This is What I Learnt

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By Carolyn Swaisland I decided to take a month off drinking. This had been something I had always wanted to do, but never felt strong enough to be able to follow through with (as concerning as that feels to type). There was always an excuse – someone’s birthday, someone’s leaving drinks, a big party, a big event, anything. Looking back, they were more than just excuses – I was scared I couldn’t follow through, and I was afraid to prove to myself (as I have in many areas of my…

What Living a Sober Life Taught Me About Simplicity

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By Robert Grobbelaar When I first entered the world of recovery I discovered an encyclopedia of catch-phrases or mantras that are used to suggest certain behaviors for a successful, happy journey to sobriety. They are largely used in treatment centers, meetings, conventions and so on. Some of them were quite clear and others I didn’t understand so much, until I reached the ‘other side’ and got sober. One such phrase is: Keep it simple. Quite easy to understand and it seems to make sense. The simpler things are the less…

WORKSHOP: Self-Connection: Finding Treasure in Triggers – 22 July

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if you are based in Johannesburg or surrounding areas please join us for our first workshop event on Saturday the 22nd July! The event will be hosted by myself, Andrea, Dry Space founder and Tertia Smit of Alchemy Consulting and Coaching, and will focus around self-connection and connection to others. It will also be a discussion around identifying certain triggers in your life, be it in your workplace, inter-personal or personal lives, and how to develop the awareness and skills to successfully overcome them, and ultimately find the ‘treasure’ available in these times.…

Chatting with Annie Grace, Author of This Naked Mind (plus free online copy)

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I recently connected with Annie Grace on Hello Sunday Morning platform to chat about her book This Naked Mind, which is rapidly doing the rounds and becoming an incredibly effective book for individuals who are trying to stop drinking. I enjoyed reading the book a few weeks ago at the time when I decided to go back to my alcohol-free ways (after a rocky period of moderation). I simply could not put it down, and found it such a wonderful refresher for me in aligning back with all of the…

How I Stopped Drinking and Started Living

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By Robert Grobbelaar I don’t believe that there is a one-size-fits all solution for getting sober. We’re all so different and are in different circumstances and what worked for me may not work for another. It only makes sense that each of us will have to find a path that suits our lives. If you ask me how I did it I am still a little baffled and feel so utterly blessed! I do however think that some principles were key to me getting clean and sober, and they could…

Recovery Coaching – Are you Ready to Make the Change?

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WHAT IS RECOVERY COACHING? Similar to a Life or Business coach, a Recovery Coaching is a professional coach who is actively involved in assisting you clarify and reach goals in the recovery space – be it to drink less or stop drinking completely, move away from addictive behaviors, manage your triggers, improve relationships in your personal and profession life and move towards a life of meaning, happiness and personal alignment. Are you ready for Recovery Coaching?   You would like to make various changes in your personal or professional life…

Alcohol-Free Dating and Sex…In the City

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In my 17 odd months of (mostly) sober living, I have discovered a whole new fascinating world that is alcohol-free (AF) dating! Before my more AF days, dating was everything and anything but free from booze, nor was it really ‘dating’. Instead, this usually entailed meeting some guy at a bar, drinking copious amounts of alcohol and shouting conversation over blaring renditions of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. Drink after drink would be consumed and the night would become blurrier and blurrier and then sometimes even fade completely as periods of blackouts…

That Time I Slipped and Ate a Moderate Piece of Humble Pie

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Warning: this blog may contain strong language. Reader discretion is advised. Fuck. Recently I did that thing I wasn’t supposed to do. That thing I blog about not doing, the thing I speak about constantly and research endlessly. I got white-girl wasted. If you have been following my blogs you would have read that I have been practicing ‘moderation management’ for the last few months, and that it’s been going really well. You would have also found a bunch of useful tips I prescribed for drinking moderately – including diluting…

Sobriety at 30

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Sobriety at 30 By Sarah Gordon I just turned 30 and with that comes the normal, existential crisis. Have I done enough? Am I living my life the way I want to? Am I making the right choices? Whenever I am in a space of questioning the wild nature of my life I tend to enter a period of sobriety. I’ve chosen periods of sobriety throughout my 20s for many reasons: to clear my head, to understand my life better, to concentrate more on my spiritual practices of yoga and…