Ever evolving on the path of recovery

Ever evolving on the path of recovery

When I stopped drinking in October 2014, I was surprised at how easily it happened.  I had tried numerous times in the past to control, reduce and stop my destructive drinking and smoking habits, and failed dismally each time.  My sobriety this time was a very...
When willpower is trumped by resilience in recovery

When willpower is trumped by resilience in recovery

The first time I really noticed the massive increase in my own personal resilience was the day after the EU Referendum results in June last year.  I really did not think that the UK would or should vote to leave the EU, and never in a million years dreamed that Wales,...
A blogging commitment in Go Sober month

A blogging commitment in Go Sober month

I shared this photo on Instagram this morning, and have been pondering the nature of commitment today. Across the UK, thousands of people are taking the plunge and committing to ‘Go Sober’ for the month of October to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer...
My Beatles plates are broken, you are not!

My Beatles plates are broken, you are not!

This heartbreaking ( to me at least) pile of crockery, is what is left of two of the most treasured possessions I have, my collection of Beatles souvenir plates. Not worth anything financially (they were part of a limited edition firing of 150 days, during which time...
10 Ways to make Go Sober a month of self care

10 Ways to make Go Sober a month of self care

So, you’ve taken the plunge and signed up for Macmillan Cancer Support‘s Go Sober challenge.  Well done you!  Macmillan do a great job of supporting people with cancer and their families. so this fundraising work you are doing will go to a great cause! And...
Preparing for Go Sober this October

Preparing for Go Sober this October

In 2013, I tried to Go Sober for Macmillan Cancer Support. It was a disaster for many reasons.   I was in the midst of a fairly significant emotional breakdown with my life seemingly collapsing around my ears.  I was involved in a painful and nerve wracking separation...
Are we all addicts?  Russell Brand thinks so!

Are we all addicts? Russell Brand thinks so!

Today Russell Brand’s Recovery book is released.  I should have a copy of it in my hands, but I got my order wrong, and opted for the free delivery out of habit, so have to wait a little longer!  I am really looking forward to reading this book, and will be...
How can Yoga help you beat addiction?

How can Yoga help you beat addiction?

Addiction is a complex problem that affects body, mind  and soul. Yoga is a way of life that can balance and restore body, mind and soul Where addiction creates fear and shame, Yoga can give inner peace and self esteem Where addiction causes negative thoughts and...
Don’t numb the pain, feel it!

Don’t numb the pain, feel it!

All too often we try to block out ‘negative’ emotions. They don’t feel good, so we numb them with drugs, sex, TV, shopping, food, alcohol, gambling etc. Or we channel them into something less than helpful, such as rage against the world. There is...