Giving Up Alcohol and Living Life in Control
I’m learning to identify clouds, cloud-spotting in the same way that others bird watch. The international cloud-classification system defines clouds by genera, species and variety, using Latin names. The high wispy clouds are called cirrus and the ones in the shape of a fish skeleton are called vertebratus. Stratus, the grey, featureless sheet of a cloud we often have at this time of year, is known as opacus or translucidus, depending on....Read more. Posted 13th February.
Before October 2014, I had tried many times over more than twenty years to control my drinking. I had known for a very long time that I had a problem with alcohol, that I was powerless to control my intake, my cravings, my need to keep drinking till I ran out or passed out, but I had no idea how to do anything about it. The one thing I could never do, which would have probably helped me enormously, was to talk about it. My friends, my....Read more. Posted 30th January.
Ah, Valentine’s Day is upon us again - time for our annual visit from the naked, bottom-exposing, arrow-sporting lad, Cupid himself. The cards have been in the shops since Boxing Day so nobody can accuse cherubic Cupid of sneaking up on us. But does your heart sink every time an avalanche of Valentine’s Day marketing swamps you? Or does it skip a beat at the thought of potential romantic encounters?....Read more. Posted 13th February.
“We think we listen, but very rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy. Yet listening, of this very special kind, is one of the most potent forces for change that I know." – Carl Rogers, Empathic: An Unappreciated Way of Being.
In my discussion of the three Core Skills of Carl Rogers’ person-centred approach, I have deliberately left empathy until last. Not because it’s unimportant, quite the opposite. I believe that.... Read more. Posted 13th February.
Almost every drinker goes through a process before they decide to go 100% alcohol-free. Many of us try moderation. It sounds like a simple and straightforward concept – if you’re drinking too much, you just cut back. We quickly learn that it’s not that simple and the struggle to moderate can be more painful than drinking ever was.
For me it was a cycle of insanity. I would make myself promises (only three glasses of wine, commit to....Read more. Posted 13th February.
We went out for a special meal tonight for a premature Valentine's day and wedding anniversary (which was a bit of a disaster )but that's another story. The point is, that I made a real effort to look nice, with a ton more makeup than I normally…Continue
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I am on day 13. There are no particular events or reasons as to why I stopped but over the last decade somehow I started drinking daily. I'm a professional and only drank at night, wine in public and whiskey at home, some night were worse than…Continue