The Ship is On Fire

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By Kacie Stephens I was sitting on the couch—glass of wine in hand—my 4 kids with me. It was a Friday night in November last year, movie night in our house. I can’t remember what we were watching because I was never really paying attention. Also, I can’t remember how much I’d been drinking. It might have been my 2nd glass or it could have been my 3rd. Out of nowhere my 4-year-old son turned to me and said “You’re boring now mummy. You don’t have fun with us anymore.”. Kids say…

Why you Should Consider Ditching the Drink this ‘Ocsober’

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If you have been thinking about taking a short break from alcohol, or perhaps considering giving it up more long term, you have the opportunity to join thousands of others around the world in ditching alcohol for the month of October (aka Ocsober). Alcohol-free months like Ocsober, just like Dry January and Sober September are picking up in popularity, and giving the chance for people to start experimenting with alcohol-free life in manageable and bite-sized chunks. With the festive season around the corner, what better time to give your body…

Wine, Beer and Tears

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By Marcelle Pillay Oh, so many, many tears and so many, many beers, for so unnecessarily long. I was so excited when I was invited to write this piece! And then I got nervous and then I got sober and I thought “now my story is so different and is it even interesting anymore.”  And I think that is where I answered my lifelong question. You see, so much of who I was, or who I thought I was or wanted to be, was somehow tied to alcohol. It gave me…

Take the Dry Space ‘Ocsober’ Challenge!

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The silly season is around the corner and what better time to take a break from alcohol than the month of October (AKA Ocsober)! Take the Dry Space online challenge (it’s free yo!) where you’ll join thousands of others around the world in taking a break from alcohol for the month of October! Learn how to enjoy life to its fullest without alcohol, relinquish your hangover-free weekends, take back control of your health and watch how much money you can save in the process! Whats Included in the Challenge Access…

Teetotaler, Turning Thirty & Falling off a Pink Cloud

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A few weeks ago I entered into my 30’s completely sober. It had been around 18 months since I left my inebriated days behind me. OK yes…barring a failed attempt at ‘moderation’ somewhere in between, which to be honest, I don’t really count. In fact, the concept of starting from day 1 after this ‘blip’ as many treatment programmes would encourage, felt disingenuous to the 9 months of hard work I had put in before. Truth be told, my attempt at moderation was just as much a part of my…

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…