9. How I Stopped Drinking – Marietjie

July 4, 2020

Tribe Sober – Inspiring an Alcohol-free Life!

After running Tribe Sober for 5 years and helping hundreds of people to ditch the drink and embrace alcohol-free living, I’ve learned a thing or two.  My biggest insight has been that sharing our stories around alcohol is the most powerful way we can help others – that’s why the heart of this podcast is recovery stories.

In this episode I interview Marietjie Tame.   She came along to a workshop with a few months of sobriety under her belt.  She was feeling a bit low and wanted to meet other people on the journey and get inspired about alcohol-free living.  It worked – and she is now 2+ years sober.

In this Episode

  • It happened to many of us – alcohol gradually crept up on her over the years, and she gradually became dependent
  • Marietjie knew she was in trouble when she felt the need to drink shots after a night of drinking beer – to chase the buzz
  • She once did 14 alcohol-free months and then had one shooter on her birthday and decided she could moderate
  • That’s how she learned the hard lesson that there was no such thing as moderation for her – only escalation
  • Her wake up call came when she heard that her daughter was in hospital and felt irritated because she had to stop drinking
  • She went through a “low” a few months into sobriety – but realised that this “void” was a golden moment of discovery
  • Alcohol had put a wall between herself – and herself – and she was determined to tear that wall down in spite of her pain
  • She used “The Sober Diaries” as a reference book as she progressed towards sobriety
  • Tribe Sober opened a whole new world for her – connecting with the Tribe and discovering QuitLit, podcasts and AF drinks
  • Marietjie’s top 3 benefits are a life without regrets, being available to the people who need her – and getting her mind back


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