Catherine’s Blog

From my late teens I drank to excess. Although I’d had long periods of abstinence in the past, at the age of 50 I found I had got to a place where I was drinking very heavily every night, usually to blackout, whilst still somehow holding down a responsible professional job.

I knew beyond question I was damaging my health, wasting huge amounts of disposable income, potentially jeopardising my career and compromising my friendships and my happiness.

I also knew from past experience that I could have the life I wanted, or I could drink.  The choice was simple.  And yet still I drank and couldn’t stop. I was very scared and knew I needed outside help. But long and bitter experience had taught me that AA was absolutely not the answer for me.

One night I googled Sarah, dimly remembering her details from some publicity I had seen years before.  I rang her and we arranged to meet. I liked her immediately. She is warm, funny and  down to earth. She was someone I felt I could trust completely, and someone who knew absolutely what it was like, having been there herself.  We agreed to start the  next month.

But barely a week  later my beloved dog died. I immediately got in touch with Sarah and although we weren’t formally working together at that point she helped me through an incredibly sad  and painful time. She was so very kind. However bad things get, nothing is worth drinking over.

During the intensive phase I found Sarah’s support is incredible. She will respond quickly and sensibly – a guide and friend to help you through; a cheerleader who is no nonsense – but always on your side – and a source of practical good sense to keep you focused and away from the ‘ugly juice’ whilst new , healthy patterns and behaviour take the place of alcohol.

I can’t quite put into words how quickly and how completely I have transformed my life with her support.

There must be so many other middle aged women out there like me – drinking, scared, and living a weird , unhappy, dangerous double life.

It needn’t be that way. It really needn’t be. If any of this resonates with you and if you’re in any doubt whatsoever, I would say just pick up the phone and ring Sarah. You won’t regret it.

Thanks to Sarah, I’m living the life I want to, now,  alcohol free- happy, healthy and full of good things – and so can you.

Author: Sarah Turner

Founder of the Harrogate Sanctuary.

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