by Renee W. Labels can be incredibly damaging. They come with all kinds of biases and connotations, whether positive or negative. However, how we label ourselves defines not only the lens through which we see ourselves but how we act. There are always negative connotations to the label … Read more about Labels, Identity, and Recovery
by Renee W. I remember, early in recovery, logging onto Facebook and scrolling through my feeds. A friend posted a picture of herself looking happy and gorgeous, drinking a glass of wine at a party that I was clearly not invited to. Not that I could have gone anyway. I felt sick to my … Read more about Social Media and Recovery: How it Helps, How it Hurts
by Renee W. When I got sober the first time in 2014, my strategy was simple: get my body back. I had gained weight from my alcoholism, and I thought if I could eat better and exercise, I would lose weight, feel better about myself, and stay sober. So, I put all my effort into … Read more about How Does Diet Culture Affect Women in Recovery?
By Renee W. One of the key things we learn in recovery is acceptance. We learn to accept what we cannot change, to change what we can, and the wisdom to know the difference (straight from the Serenity Prayer). That’s great and all, when we are making meetings, practising self-care, and … Read more about How to Put Your Sobriety First During a Pandemic
by Renee W. As a recovering alcoholic who has been enabled by well-meaning family and friends, I have a strong stance on this issue. When I was drowning in my addiction, I manipulated my family and friends as all addicts do. Some fell into the destructive cycle of enabling me … Read more about How to Know if You’re Enabling an Addiction
by Renee W. If you are concerned about your alcohol consumption but don’t know where or how to get help, let me offer you some hope. I have been there. For over ten years, I drank most days starting from when I woke up in the morning until I passed out at night. I … Read more about The Top 10 Benefits of Giving up Alcohol
by Renee W. Early in recovery, it may be hard to think of yourself as completely sober and actually enjoying life. You may go to 12 step meetings and see happy people and wonder if they are actually sober at all (or at least that was a thought I had in early recovery). There is no doubt … Read more about Top 12 Benefits of Living Sober
Alcoholism is a disease that officially kills around twenty people a day in the UK. But the official figures don't tell the full story. They don't account for alcohol-related heart disease, strokes, suicides and many other proximate causes of death. Death certificates don't record these as … Read more about Mr. P on Alcoholism