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…

That Alcohol Moderation Thing

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We’ve all heard the term ‘everything in moderation’ countless times. But, when we really look into this notion – we find that this is generally not what many people believe. I mean, this doesn’t really apply when we talk about taking certain drugs such as heroin or crack does it? What about alcohol? Can alcohol be consumed and enjoyed moderately? What about people with alcohol dependencies or ‘alcoholism’? The word ‘moderation’ in the recovery world seems to be one that is often quickly scurried out of the conversation and dismissed…

From Whiskey to Water by Sam Cowen – Review

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If you are based in South Africa you most probably would have seen the SA Bestseller book ‘From Whiskey to Water’, by 702 radio host Sam Cowen, on shelves these past few weeks. I recently got gifted this book for Christmas (thanks mom!) and thought I would give a quick review for those who might be keen to give it a read. The tell-all book, sees Cowen publicly open up about being an alcoholic and her decision to put down the bottle 14 years ago. The journey that ultimately follows…

9 Months off the Booze Bandwagon – Things to Expect

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Having recently just ended a 9 month period of alcohol-free living and stepping into the ‘moderation’ game, it’s only fitting that I feel a re-birth of sorts. Emerging with a new sense of self, of identity, of habits and ideas after a warm and fuzzy sober incubation period, I feel like a tiny, screaming, distressed little baby, entering a scary new world again. It’s been a fascinating process full of ups and downs. But before I get into my experiences of drinking again, I thought I might share a few…

Raise the Legal Drinking Age to 21 in SA? SA has 5 Days to Comment

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The South African public has 5 more days to comment on the new National Liquor Amendment Bill which the Department of Trade and Industry has put forward (link to Bill here: http://www.gov.za/sites/www.gov.za/files/40319_gon1206.pdf) SA has one of the highest level of alcohol consumption around the world, some of the highest levels of foetal alcohol syndrome and well as a massive 41% of injuries are related to the consumption of alcohol. Not to mention the crazy death tolls around Easter. But somehow, along the way, we decided this was normal, and OK.…

Spring Reboot Part 2: Food Glorious Food!

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Week 2 of the Seasonal Cookery Spring Reboot programme was full of ups and downs. During this week we focused on really getting down to the basics – eliminating all our snag foods and getting settled into eating as ‘naturally’ as possible. And although it was a challenging time, with some pretty intense food cravings, I threw myself head-first in creating ethical, gentle-on-the-body delicious and satisfactory foods – and a whole new world of food and flavours started opening up! Some things I learnt in week 2: Getting to know where to…