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Why me?

May 21, 2021

Jo describes how it can sometimes feel unfair when you look at other people enjoying a few drinks and you wish that you could do the same.
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It's all happening perfectly

May 02, 2021

There have been times in my life when things have seemed less than perfect at best and downright painful at worst. Why it helps to see the bigger picture when life gets tough.
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MomoBean's Question

March 31, 2021

Q: How long will it take before I can go out and feel confident and happy about not drinking? It’s been 6 weeks since I stopped drinking and I still feel crap. I feel like I’m missing out ...

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Step 6 of the 12 Step Programme -defects of character

February 16, 2021

How focusing on people's “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

Why reducing feelings of guilt and shame and developing a healthy relationship with yourself is important.
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Step 4 of the 12 Step Programme - Judging yourself

February 16, 2021

When people are their own harshest critics it could be less than helpful to ask them to stand in judgement of themselves.
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Step 3 of the 12 Step Programme - Surrender your will

February 16, 2021

Why surrendering your will might be a less-than-helpful concept.
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Step 2 of the 12 Step Programme -Where's your power?

February 16, 2021

Can you only get sober with support from a "higher power"?
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12 Step Programme Step 1: Power LESS or Power FULL?

February 16, 2021

Is it more helpful to consider yourself power-less or power-full in your relationship with alcohol?
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How to get started with stopping drinking

December 14, 2020

A list of strategies that to help you get you going.
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How to stay sober when your work buddies are drinking

November 10, 2020

Six tips to help you stay confidently alcohol-free when you’re socialising with work buddies.
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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... only to end up back on the 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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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

July 29, 2020

A boost to your motivation if you have a sober holiday coming up. Jo explains why sober holidays are better and easier than you might think.
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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 Covid

April 03, 2020

Some people might it more challenging to stay sober during the Covid lockdown. Here are ten top tips to help you through.
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How to stay strong when you stop drinking

February 09, 2020

This is for you if you ever get demotivated when you hear other people talking about how wonderful life is sober and you're not feeling it. 
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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.
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How to make life easier when you stop drinking

November 12, 2019

Jo explains that the picture you paint of your sober life is the reality you'll bring to life... you hold the brush!
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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

Some people find themselves reaching for sugar when they get sober. Here's what you can do about it.
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Life doesn’t have to be denial and deprivation when you stop drinking

November 12, 2019

Jo explains 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

Jo celebrates how much your self confidence returns when you're living your life sober.
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The power of belief

November 12, 2019

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

Six signs to look out for that tell you you might have an unhealthy relationship with alcohol.
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How to stop drinking in five simple stages

November 12, 2019

This is the process you go through when you change your drinking habit. Understanding this gives you confidence, control and power...
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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

Four tips that help you to stop drinking more easily. By using the right approach, you can make life much easier on yourself.
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