Is It Your Time to Change?
The chances are you are here because you no longer want to stay where you are with your drinking? But it’s so difficult to know what to do. I know I’ve been there. That’s where I can guide you and help you to discover the strength within you that will lead you forward.
Everyone who now lives in happy sobriety all started with a desire to change, a decision to make and their last ever day one.
Is There a Right Time?
There will always be something coming up that will make you think that now is not a good time to go on a sober journey. Birthdays, Christmas, Holidays, Parties, Nights Out, they are all seemingly “in the way” of you getting started. The reality is that although we can’t see it at the time, it’s actually the alcohol that is in the way of us experiencing those things truly and authentically. With the right tools it’s much easier to go sober than you think. Every day you wake is the first day of the rest of your life, how are you going to live yours?
I Only Want To Cut Down
I had this conversation with myself for years before I stopped drinking completely. The truth was I didn’t really want to give up drinking completely. I loved the good times. I wanted the idyllic relationship with alcohol that so many people around me had. Have you cut down many times before but ended up back where you are now with your drinking? That was me too. The truth is the only way to get a different result is to do something different.
What Will People Think?
One of the biggest fears about quitting alcohol is that we believe that everyone else will think we have “a problem” or it will be just “too difficult”. I’ve lost count of the amount of people who have asked me probing questions when I have told them I no longer drink. It’s sad but true that alcohol is so socially acceptable in today’s modern world that living sober still raises eyebrows. Things are changing, slowly. In the meantime let me say this to you… Sober is most certainly the new cool.
What Can I Expect?
When to start (or stop as in this case!) is for you to decide. The six week accountability programme is the most successful plan I have to date and everyone who has been through it with me still doesn’t drink alcohol to this day! It can be so daunting when we know we need a change but don’t know where to start. Start with small steps, take advantage of a free 30 minute one to one call with me and I can tell you all about it, then we can decide if it’s the right path for you too.
Will I Ever Be Ready?
There is no time like the present. Once you decide you want to change your drinking why not take a proper break and look at it as a long-term commitment otherwise you will just painfully abstain for a few weeks or months and possibly start drinking again.
Think of some of the things you would really love to be able to do as inspiration for changing your life. My dream was to go around the world and here I am in Sydney Harbour in Australia.
What Is Sober Coaching?
You will develop a clear goal
Together we will develop your own personal goals and what you are looking to achieve by living alcohol free
You have all the resources you need to achieve your goal
You will have access to me and to the resources to help you keep on track and be accountable
You will have a clear measurement of success
Each step of the way you will be able to see your progress which will help you to keep moving forward. Your sober clock will grow and that’s something to be celebrated.
You will have me by your side
It’s important to have someone with you that really understands what it’s like to go sober in an alcohol soaked world. When you encounter difficulties I will guide you on how to put your best foot forward
You will get clear on your bigger life goals
When alcohol has been in the way for so long we can’t see how limiting it is. It’s therefore incredible when it’s gone as we start to see life through a different lens. I can help you to get clear on your life goals beyond alcohol.
Testimonial – 6 Week Programme
I found the Sober Angel 6-week course to be a realistic time frame for the programme, not too far into the future it was daunting, but long enough to get a solid period of sobriety in the bank and also importantly I was confident that support from Joanne would be ongoing and beyond the 6 weeks if I needed it.
Daily emails arriving early in the morning counting sober days were great. When I logged in my email first thing in the morning I got a burst of motivation and likewise a second email coming through in the afternoon, just at the right time of day when I needed it most helped to stay on track, the contents also gave me food for thought with optional tasks I could dip into or not.
I previously had support from Facebook groups and although I have found them helpful in the past, after a while they can become a little impersonal for me. What I found was unique from the Sober Angel was the weekly Skype calls with Joanne which gave me a “real” person to confide in and was a refreshing change from another name and pic on Facebook. To have actual conversations with someone who had faced similar issues as myself in the past was great. I was new to Skype and a bit nervous using it for the first time but soon got used to it.
Accountability really worked for me, there were times where I wanted to give up but the awkward morning after where I would have to admit to someone, who I felt was really rooting for me, gave me another reason to not give up, I didn’t want to let Joanne down.
I would recommend this programme to others, particularly if giving sobriety a go for the first time as Joanne has so much knowledge to pass on from being there herself. But whatever stage people are at one of the most important messages I gained from the 6 weeks is that sobriety doesn’t have to be a hardship or battle of willpower, this was a new approach for me which has worked this time as my previous attempts at sobriety were based on willpower alone and I don’t think it’s possible to sustain this for the long term.
Testimonial – 6 Week Programme
I had been drinking regularly for over 20 years and had realised for a long time that I had a problem. I tried to cut down my intake, then I read books, then I got apps, tried will-power and even hypnotherapy, but all without success. I became more and more tired, unreliable and my overall health worsened. I realised that I was ruining my life & I became desperate to stop drinking once and for all.
Through searching on the internet, I found Joanne @ The Sober Angel. The moment I read her story and downloaded her FREE 10 Step Guide I knew she would be able to help me. I needed someone to support me, someone who understood my situation and would be able to kind of take me by the hand and encourage me that all will be fine and that it was possible for me to do this. Despite being in very bad shape and anxious I was not yet convinced I would stop for good. But I knew I had to start somewhere, so I booked a call with Joanne.
I have now I completed the six weeks sober accountability programme with Joanne, and I am already nearly seven weeks sober. My way of thinking about alcohol has totally shifted: I don’t like it & I don’t want it. It astonishes me every day that I am just not bothered about it anymore. Suddenly I have more time, I’ve saved up money, my body is recovering, and I realise that I can start doing things I was never be able to do when I was drinking. I am in awe.
Without Joanne I would not have been able to reach that point of sober happiness. I was open-minded when I started the program and followed it through. Our weekly chats were essential to keep me on my toes, but it helped me also to talk about drinking, what it does, why I was so addicted to it and how I can overcome it.
Joanne helped me to learn to combat situations that I might & will come across with alcohol e.g. when it is offered to me. Joanne also taught me how to tackle cravings, when it hits me like a big wave. Slowly each week I could feel my mind shifting and the longer I stayed sober, the easier it became.
I cannot remember the last time I felt so free and reborn as I am now, and I am immensely grateful for that.
If I have one piece of advice for anyone who is in the same situation as I was, I would encourage you to start now to get rid of alcohol. Life is very precious, and I lost a lot of it when I was drinking.