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…

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…

Lotus Life

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Lotus Life By Tamara Roberts I stopped drinking in 2011, about 5 years ago after going through one the most life-changing and intense periods of my life. Although I didn’t really have a very unhealthy dynamic with alcohol, I just knew that it didn’t serve me so decided that for someone like me it would be wise to explore the life of sobriety. When I think about the hardest part of not drinking I sometimes get the feeling of disconnect. ‘Isolated’ is a word that has often come to mind…

ACT 1 SCENE 1: Introducing Holiday Roy

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By Roy Gluckman (Empty stage. No lights. Upon speaking, a spot light lights up Roy, our protagonist and subject under discussion. He lifts his bowed head slightly and begins addressing the crowd nonchalantly.) I’ve always interpreted the quote by Napoleon Hill quite literally: “You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.” However, realising that “my destiny” was not, in fact, up to me exclusively, and that rather it involved a myriad…

Fighting for My Place

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By Machteld Jurriaans Okay, here we go. Tonight I have to be social again. The scenario that follows is always the same, and grows more tiresome each time. Sally: “Come on Mags, can’t you make an exception for tonight? It’s my [insert birthday/ farewell/ I’m not pregnant-party/ spirit animal day]! Come on, I’ll pour you some punch.” As an amateur boxer my schedules of work and social life are based around the gym and my training. I am also female and 26. Being a female fighter in the Millenial age…