19th November 2018

I’m Jane and I’am addicted alcohol

Alcohol Addiction Recovery – Jane’s Story My name is Jane and I am addicted to alcohol. True, I have not had a drink now for 5 years. I now know that if I have just one drink today, within a week I would be drinking round the clock and be […]
22nd October 2013

The Twelve Step Programme Works

I woke up with the police in my living room and my two year old son running around – not knowing how I got there again.  My thirteen year old daughter was on her way home from school and was greeted by an ambulance and two police cars outside our […]
10th October 2013

Relapse – Just One Drink – Beware!

Relapse – Just One Drink – Beware! After I had completed my treatment, I felt good. I left The Haynes Clinic and felt it was time to start work again. I found some work in London and was attending AA meetings 3 times a week. Life was good and I […]
7th October 2013

Losing Control of my Drinking

Losing Control of my Drinking What came first? Drinking too much so that my life fell apart? Or my life falling apart and then I drank too much? The truth is probably that both these things happened. My heavy drinking was at least part responsible for my relationship with my […]
4th October 2013

How did Treatment in Rehab Help Me?

How did Treatment in Rehab Help Me? In December 2010 I arrived to treatment Haynes Clinic for professional help with my addiction to Alcohol and Drugs (cocaine). I could no longer live the life I was living. I needed help! Running Away From my Inner Self I was running away […]
2nd October 2013

At What Age can People Start to Drink Alcoholically?

At What Age can People Start to Drink Alcoholically? As a teenager, I was not known for being a heavy drinker. I had my first alcoholic drink at the age of 13 when my sister and brother decided to give me a vodka and lime rather than the lemonade and […]
30th September 2013

What is it like in an alcohol or drug rehab clinic?

What to expect at a rehabilitation clinic? I had my own ideas about coming to a clinic for addiction treatment. Would it be a boot camp or would it be people in white coats giving me a clinical point of view on my illness of alcohol addiction? I was desperate […]
26th September 2013

Alcoholism and Addiction – a personal tale

Alcoholism and addiction – a personal tale In the present day pressure cooker existence of modern life. What greater threat is there for the well-being and future of ourselves and our children than drink and drugs? There may be hidden away somewhere in some silo underground weapons of mass destruction […]
24th September 2013

If you are a Mother who Drinks too much, Read On…

If you are a Mother who Drinks too much, Read On… Growing up as a child with an alcoholic parent was difficult and I was full of fear. My mother was an alcoholic from when I was very young. This made me feel very different as a child from other […]
19th September 2013

Living with an Addict

Living With An Addict My name is Polly and I grew up living with an addict. A woman who today is in recovery from her addiction to alcohol, my mother. It’s year 2011 and I find that the easiest thing to say. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still difficult at […]
4th May 2013

Thoughts on Controlling Alcohol

Thoughts on Controlling Alcohol I am about to read Allen Carr’s ‘Easy Way To Control Alcohol’. I need to read this as many people refer to it when ringing for help and advice. When their drinking has got out of control and it is ruining their life. They mention it […]
30th April 2013

Alcoholism in the Family

Families My wider family – mother, brothers and sister – were all very aware at the end of my drinking that I had a problem. Although there is no history of alcoholism in the family, my younger brother had already been down the road to rock bottom. He had got […]
25th April 2013

Story of a Recovering Alcoholic – My Life Today

Story of a Recovering Alcoholic – My Life Today After my 28 days in rehab I did find it difficult in the early weeks. I had been through a life changing experience and felt as if things had changed – but when I went home everything was just the same. […]
24th April 2013

Story of a Recovering Alcoholic – Turning the Corner

Story of a Recovering Alcoholic – Turning the Corner My life was now totally out of control. I was an Alcoholic. I still had my job and was doing well, I still had my children, home and friends but alcohol was totally controlling me. What had been a habit became […]
23rd April 2013

Story of a Recovering Alcoholic – Reaching Rock Bottom

Story of a Recovering Alcoholic – Reaching Rock Bottom I quickly became pregnant again and this time ensured I did not drink. Allowed myself up to 4 glasses of wine each week (never more than one on any day). I did not like being pregnant though I was never unwell. […]
22nd April 2013

Story of a Recovering Alcoholic – Progression of My Drinking

Story of a Recovering Alcoholic – Progression of My Drinking Ironically, I was a bit of a lightweight drinker as a teenager. My older sister and brother insisted I had my first drink at the age of 13. I asked for a lemonade and lime at a local disco (held […]
21st April 2013

Story of a Recovering Alcoholic – The Characteristics

Story of a Recovering Alcoholic – The Characteristics Anyone can become an alcoholic or addict. If you are reading this, you may well know that, as only those with an interest in the subject are likely to be on this page. However, many people not ‘in the know’ may believe […]
26th February 2013

Progress not perfection

Progress not perfection I have learned I don’t have to be perfect – something I really tried hard to be. And because of this I don’t expect others to have perfection either. It’s about progress – I have become far less judgemental. I accept people more for what they are, […]
21st January 2013

Our Children

Our Children One of my biggest regrets about my drinking is how it affected my children and how there is nothing I can do to take that back. At the time, I did not think I was doing them any harm. I thought I was a good mother – I […]
15th November 2012

How to Stay Sober in Early Recovery – Change Your Routine

How to Stay Sober in Early Recovery – Change Your Routine I was a drinker who found it very difficult to stop in the environment I was in. There was nothing wrong with it – in fact, materially it was very pleasant and i did manage to stop – several […]
2nd November 2012

Being in the wrong

“We can control how we react” Being in the wrong is not just about the obvious things – such as cheating or lying. Being in the wrong can be the way we react to others or to situations. If someone hurts us, we become angry and vindictive. We need to […]
29th October 2012

My First Week in Treatment

My First Week in Treatment After quite a pleasant weekend it was time for my first full week of work in treatment. By now, I was quite into being in the clinic and was up for a bit of time focusing on me. The daily routine was something like this: […]
28th October 2012

Weekends in rehab

Weekends in rehab My first weekend in treatment began when I had only been at the clinic two days. So, it was all still feeling a little strange. By now, at least I knew I was going to be spending my time with people with whom I could identify. Weekends […]
27th October 2012

Day One in Rehab

Day One in Rehab My first full day in rehab was rather strange. To start with, I approached it with the attitude of just going through the motions. I was still so stubborn and pig headed that I had refused to book in for more than 14 days. I was […]