Georgie’s Blog

I had tried self-help books, sheer will-power, a little counselling and everything in between, and although not a ‘vodka on my cornflakes’ type of person, I knew quite well that I had a dependency for gin and tonic and wine. I hid it well. I knew I hid it well, but I wanted to stop hiding and at the same time I was scared to step out from behind the bottle.

Sarah, initially started talking about the weather… I thought, erm… shouldn’t we be getting down to business… you know the nitty gritty of my alcohol dependency? Yet this is how it works, or at least it did for me. Of course, I knew the truths before I asked for Sarah’s help, that is why I was so frustrated. Somehow Sarah seems to implant those truths into your psyche, in a chatty, friendly, talking about the weather-way. There seemed to be no huge deep and meaningful sessions, we just emailed daily with our lives and how we were feeling and reflecting on how alcohol helped and hindered us at the same time.

I am thrilled to say, that I am no longer alcohol dependent, I am alcohol wary. I can totally moderate my drinking because, and here is the key, I see it for what it is. I don’t really want it anymore, if somebody had told me that before I started I would not have believed them. I knew lots of facts about the booze, I knew it was dominating my life, I knew I wanted to stop, but I seemed powerless. Sarah gave me back my power and I now feel like the real me. I will forever be indebted to Sarah and I feel like I have gained a good friend. I would not hesitate in recommending Sarah to anyone who is concerned about their drinking, there is nothing to lose and everything to gain.


Thank you again,


Author: Sarah Turner

Founder of the Harrogate Sanctuary.

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