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Step 6 of the 12 Step Programme - defects of character

February 16, 2021

Jo explores the strengths and weaknesses of Step 6 of the 12 Step Programme and suggests that for people who've developed an unhealthy relationship with alcohol and who don’t believe great things about themselves already, focusing on their “defects” could be damaging to their self-confidence and morale.
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Step 5 of the 12 Step Programme - Admit your wrongs

February 16, 2021

Jo explores the strengths and weakness of Step 5 in the 12 Step Programme and suggests that reducing feelings of guilt and shame and developing a healthy relationship with yourself is important when you want to change an embedded drinking habit.
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Step 4 of the 12 Step Programme - How do you judge yourself?

February 16, 2021

Jo explores the strengths and weaknesses of Step 4 in the 12 Step Programme and suggesting that asking people to stand in judgment of themselves when it's likely the people you're asking are already perhaps their own harshest critics could be less than helpful.
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Step 3 of the 12 Step Programme - Surrender your will

February 16, 2021

Jo explores the benefits and problems with Step 3 of the 12 Step Programme and suggests that it can be helpful to recognise your place and connectedness to the world or universe around you when you want to stop drinking but that surrendering your will might be a less-than-helpful concept.
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Step 2 of the 12 Step Programme - A higher power or power within?

February 16, 2021

Jo explores Step 2 of the 12 Step Programme and suggests that it could be problematic for some people to believe that only a power greater than, or outside of them, can help them make the changes necessary to live life sober. She suggests there is a need to have different approaches that work for different people.
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12 Step Programme Step 1: Are you Power LESS or Power FULL?

February 16, 2021

I woke up this morning with a clear head. With excitement and energy, looking forward to what the day was going to bring. I felt totally in control: Jo questions whether it's more helpful to consider yourself power-less or power-full in your relationship with alcohol.
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A great start to the New Year!

January 05, 2021

Jo explains how to get your New Year off to the best start so that you can end up where you want to be in 12 months time.
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Everything you need to know about Dry January

January 05, 2021

Here's everything you need to know about Dry January: what it is, how to do it, why to do it and what to be wary of. If you're thinking of going alcohol-free in the New Year, this is for you.
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How to get started with stopping drinking

December 14, 2020

When you first decide you want to stop drinking, it can be daunting, especially if you've tried before and struggled to stay sober. Jo gives you a list of things that will help you get started.
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How to stay sober when your work colleagues are drinking

November 10, 2020

Jo gives you six tips to help you stay confidently alcohol-free when you’re socialising with work buddies who’re expecting you to get drunk along with them.
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I feel like a failure because I drank again

November 08, 2020

How many times did I used to tell myself that I was going to stop drinking for a weekend, for a month, forever... completely... only to end up reaching for alcohol and feeling like a failure?
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The empty promises alcohol made me

November 08, 2020

Life sober delivers everything that alcohol promises and then denies you. Jo explains how everything you want from alcohol is only attainable without it.
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It's all happening perfectly

November 08, 2020

There have been times in my life when things have seemed less than perfect at best and downright painful at worst.Like when I was splitting up with my son’s dad. When I cried and couldn’t sleep or eat properly for weeks. Jo explains the benefit of seeing the bigger picture when life gets tough.
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How clean is your mirror?

September 10, 2020

Jo talks about how drinking alcohol obscures your view of yourself and how stopping drinking enables you to see yourself more clearly.
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Why sober holidays are better and why you can do them too

July 29, 2020

A boost to your motivation and confidence if you're worried about staying sober while on holiday, Jo explains why sober holidays are better and easier than you might think.She compares her holidays drinking to her holidays sober and suggests that you already have the resources and tools you need to do this too.
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The case of the missing car keys

May 25, 2020

A blog describing how drinking leads to drama and catastrophe and how, when you stop, you get control of your life back.
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Ten Top Tips to staying sober through Corona Virus, Covid-19

April 03, 2020

It’s understandable that some people who have stopped drinking are finding it more challenging to stay sober during the Corona Virus crisis. Here are ten top tips to help you stay strong and motivated if you want to stay successfully and confidently sober.
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How to stay motivated and strong when you stop drinking

February 09, 2020

Do you ever get frustrated when you hear other people talking about how wonderful life is sober? Do you ever feel impatient and think that it’s just not possible for you? Do you ever allow this feeling to demotivate you? Jo gives you three tips on how to stay strong and motivated when you stop drinking.
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Why stopping drinking was the best thing I ever did

December 31, 2019

Jo explains how living life sober compared to living with an unhealthy relationship with drink is like the difference between watching a film on an old, small, grainy black and white TV with a poor signal and watching the same film on a large, brand new, crystal clear TV screen in full HD.
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Why I was scared of stopping drinking

November 12, 2019

Jo describes what terrified her about stopping drinking and how all those fears ended up being unfounded. She explains that fear can lie to you and you don't have to believe what it's telling you about life sober.
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Here's how to make life easier if you want to stop drinking

November 12, 2019

So, you’ve decided you want to stop drinking. Or, you’ve recently stopped drinking and want to stay sober. Jo explains that the picture you paint or the story you tell yourself about what living life sober is like is the reality you'll bring to life...
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An easier way...

November 12, 2019

Jo suggests that the way you think about stopping drinking and living life sober makes a difference to how easy or hard it will be for you and suggests a way of approaching things that makes being sober as easy as riding a bike.
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What to do about sugar cravings when you stop drinking

November 12, 2019

When I stopped drinking, I suddenly developed a craving for ice-cream, chocolate and cake. Weird, because I’d never really been into sweet things before. And, it turns out I’m not the only one. It’s a well-reported phenomena that some people find themselves reaching for the sugar when they get sober. Jo explains what you can do if you find that sugar is your new best friend when you get sober.
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Life doesn’t have to be denial and deprivation when you stop drinking

November 12, 2019

Today I want to share with you some words from a sober blogger – I think some of what she says might make sense to some of you. Some of it struck a chord with me: Jo talks about the importance of believing it's possible to live life happily without alcohol and to willingly choose not to drink.
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Stop drinking and reclaim your self-confidence

November 12, 2019

Amongst other things, by getting sober, you reclaim your self-confidence.So many people tell me that the biggest surprise about being sober is how much they enjoy socialising: Jo celebrates how much your self confidence returns when you've stopped drinking for long enough
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The power of belief

November 12, 2019

Having just watched a programme all about the power of belief and how the mind can cure the body, I feel excited because it seems like more research is being done into how powerful a tool the mind is. Jo talks about the power of belief and how you can stop drinking more easily when you harness the power of your mind.
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How do I know if I need to stop drinking?

November 12, 2019

This is something I get asked all the time, so here is a blog showing you six signs to look out for. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not about the amount or the regularity you’re drinking that’s necessarily the issue - it's more your attitude, approach to and emotions around alcohol...
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How to stop drinking in five simple stages

How to stop drinking in five simple stages

November 12, 2019

Jo explains the process you go through when you stop drinking and learn to live life sober. Having an understanding of this process gives you more confidence, control and power which all helps you to manage things better and makes it less likely you'll slip up and revert back to old habits.
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Hangover with your full breakfast, madam?

November 12, 2019

Jo describes how infinitely better a B&B breakfast is when you're sober and can actually enjoy it!
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Four tips to help you change your drinking habit

November 12, 2019

Jo shares four tips that help you to stop drinking more easily. By using the right approach to changing your drinking habits, you can make life much easier on yourself.
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