Safety in Numbers?

Sometimes, it's hard to imagine a time without alcohol. But for most of us, we managed to live for quite a few years alcohol free and had fun. Becoming sober is trying to return yourself to that state before alcohol appeared, to a carefree time before feelings got...

Can a leopard change its spots?

Sober For 2017 was just that. An experiment for a year, to give my body a break from the constant cycle of poison and hangovers. I'm not sure it crossed my mind at the beginning that I possibly wouldn't drink again .. the intention was always to celebrate the...

Soberfishery

1. Do not glamourise the first drink .. remember the phrase 'one is too many, a thousand is never enough'.  2. Flood your mind .. read books about giving up alcohol, read blogs, join online support groups, listen to podcasts. Literally drown out the irritating voice...

(Sober) Life at the Lodge

I've always been a believer of what goes around comes around, that good energy brings good things. Before Soberdom, I was stuck in a rut of negative things that were literally bleeding me dry of goodness.  Now, I am positive and so is the life around me. I'm still...

Change is the only constant

Taking a mind altering substance will rarely end well. In fact, it's pretty guaranteed that at some point in its misuse, there will be some kind of disaster.  You've now reached the point that you're sick of feeling sick, tired of waking up knowing that you have...

The Hangover

A definition of a hangover - 'A hangover is the experience of various unpleasant physiological and psychological effects following the consumption of ethanol. Hangovers can last for several hours or for more than 24 hours. Typical symptoms of a hangover may include...

Be the game changer

It's scary, being the odd one out. The one who sees things differently. The one who dares to be different. Why do we all strive to be the same? Wouldn't life be boring if we were? From early age, we follow the crowd. It's easier, less hassle. It's how crazes start....

The Need to Reward

As well as drinking to oblivion, a lot of us drink/drank as a reward. We drink/drank because we were happy or sad, bored, had survived an hour/day/week at work, got a promotion or got dumped. Any excuse. Being rewarded starts very early on in life and therefore is...

Things I have learnt #5months

- Alcohol made me cry  - Strangers are wonderful - Sober isn't boring - Blossom is beautiful - Sunshine is beautiful  - I am beautiful - Alcohol made me fat. Fact - People love my story - Slimming World actually works - I don't like parties - I love Elderflower...

The journey so far

It was easy for me to make the decision. I'd been making it every weekend for most of my adult life, whilst throwing up for the millionth time or wandering around in a fog. I was going to give up drinking. The hard bit was actually seeing it through. We are all...

Discarding the comfort blanket

Have you ever? Got up in the morning and tried to do your routine backwards? Or tried strange food combinations? Or landed in a foreign country with no idea where to go? Or worn something all day and just felt 'wrong'? This is what it is like to become sober. Stepping...

Could it be magic?

Marketing. It's big business. Every minute of every day, someone somewhere is trying to sell us something. Whether it's a face cream to make us young again or a liquid potion that promises to makes us thin, we love it, always willing to give it a go, to splash the...

Too old for Snapchat

I'm so glad I'm not young. By young, I mean a teenager or a twenty-something (tweenager?) in the grip of social media craziness. I'm glad I didn't have a mobile or a tablet when I was growing up .. I know my mum is glad I didn't either! I'm glad there was no cyber...

Looking after number 1

Before soberdom, 'loving yourself' always seemed a bit of a weird concept to me. People say, 'you can't expect someone else to love you if you don't love yourself' but I used to think that loving yourself seemed a bit, well, up your own arse.  'Oh look at her over...

My name is Dawn and I’m a wordoholic

'I've got an addictive personality'. That's what we say don't we? It covers a multitude of sins, makes it sound a bit more acceptable than just plain 'I'm an addict'. Surely we are all a little bit addicted to something? I mean, everyone has their little quirks that...

It’s a new Dawn

So, now my body is a temple, fuelled only by Overnight Oats and Elderflower Presse, it's got me thinking about my mind, about my emotions. All my life, I have been described as a drama queen .. over-emotional .. an attention seeker .. the life & soul .. THE party...

We all start as strangers 

One of the most amazing and unexpected things I have gained from my blog is friends. Lots of them. From different walks of life, at different stages, with a varying degree of addiction, but most with the same end goal .. to be free from the clutches of alcohol.  I...

Going Out Out

Since becoming sober, I have found socialising difficult. It was something I had thought about but not appreciated how hard it was going to be.  Before soberdom, I was a social animal. I never said no. If there was a party, I was there. Until the bitter end. I rarely...

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Safety in Numbers?

Sometimes, it's hard to imagine a time without alcohol. But for most of us, we managed to live for quite a few years alcohol free and had fun. Becoming sober is trying to return yourself to that state before alcohol appeared, to a carefree time before feelings got...

Can a leopard change its spots?

Sober For 2017 was just that. An experiment for a year, to give my body a break from the constant cycle of poison and hangovers. I'm not sure it crossed my mind at the beginning that I possibly wouldn't drink again .. the intention was always to celebrate the...

Soberfishery

1. Do not glamourise the first drink .. remember the phrase 'one is too many, a thousand is never enough'.  2. Flood your mind .. read books about giving up alcohol, read blogs, join online support groups, listen to podcasts. Literally drown out the irritating voice...

(Sober) Life at the Lodge

I've always been a believer of what goes around comes around, that good energy brings good things. Before Soberdom, I was stuck in a rut of negative things that were literally bleeding me dry of goodness.  Now, I am positive and so is the life around me. I'm still...

Change is the only constant

Taking a mind altering substance will rarely end well. In fact, it's pretty guaranteed that at some point in its misuse, there will be some kind of disaster.  You've now reached the point that you're sick of feeling sick, tired of waking up knowing that you have...

The Hangover

A definition of a hangover - 'A hangover is the experience of various unpleasant physiological and psychological effects following the consumption of ethanol. Hangovers can last for several hours or for more than 24 hours. Typical symptoms of a hangover may include...

Be the game changer

It's scary, being the odd one out. The one who sees things differently. The one who dares to be different. Why do we all strive to be the same? Wouldn't life be boring if we were? From early age, we follow the crowd. It's easier, less hassle. It's how crazes start....

The Need to Reward

As well as drinking to oblivion, a lot of us drink/drank as a reward. We drink/drank because we were happy or sad, bored, had survived an hour/day/week at work, got a promotion or got dumped. Any excuse. Being rewarded starts very early on in life and therefore is...

Things I have learnt #5months

- Alcohol made me cry  - Strangers are wonderful - Sober isn't boring - Blossom is beautiful - Sunshine is beautiful  - I am beautiful - Alcohol made me fat. Fact - People love my story - Slimming World actually works - I don't like parties - I love Elderflower...

The journey so far

It was easy for me to make the decision. I'd been making it every weekend for most of my adult life, whilst throwing up for the millionth time or wandering around in a fog. I was going to give up drinking. The hard bit was actually seeing it through. We are all...

Discarding the comfort blanket

Have you ever? Got up in the morning and tried to do your routine backwards? Or tried strange food combinations? Or landed in a foreign country with no idea where to go? Or worn something all day and just felt 'wrong'? This is what it is like to become sober. Stepping...

Could it be magic?

Marketing. It's big business. Every minute of every day, someone somewhere is trying to sell us something. Whether it's a face cream to make us young again or a liquid potion that promises to makes us thin, we love it, always willing to give it a go, to splash the...

Too old for Snapchat

I'm so glad I'm not young. By young, I mean a teenager or a twenty-something (tweenager?) in the grip of social media craziness. I'm glad I didn't have a mobile or a tablet when I was growing up .. I know my mum is glad I didn't either! I'm glad there was no cyber...

Looking after number 1

Before soberdom, 'loving yourself' always seemed a bit of a weird concept to me. People say, 'you can't expect someone else to love you if you don't love yourself' but I used to think that loving yourself seemed a bit, well, up your own arse.  'Oh look at her over...

My name is Dawn and I’m a wordoholic

'I've got an addictive personality'. That's what we say don't we? It covers a multitude of sins, makes it sound a bit more acceptable than just plain 'I'm an addict'. Surely we are all a little bit addicted to something? I mean, everyone has their little quirks that...

It’s a new Dawn

So, now my body is a temple, fuelled only by Overnight Oats and Elderflower Presse, it's got me thinking about my mind, about my emotions. All my life, I have been described as a drama queen .. over-emotional .. an attention seeker .. the life & soul .. THE party...

We all start as strangers 

One of the most amazing and unexpected things I have gained from my blog is friends. Lots of them. From different walks of life, at different stages, with a varying degree of addiction, but most with the same end goal .. to be free from the clutches of alcohol.  I...

Going Out Out

Since becoming sober, I have found socialising difficult. It was something I had thought about but not appreciated how hard it was going to be.  Before soberdom, I was a social animal. I never said no. If there was a party, I was there. Until the bitter end. I rarely...

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