23. Alcohol and our Mental Health – Jo Borrill


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.

This week we’re chatting to Jo who achieved 2 years of sobriety but then relapsed.  Have a listen and find out how she bravely got back on track and tried again..

In this Episode

  • Jo started blogging the day she gave up drinking – her blog was called “Coins in a Jar”
  • She put a coin in a glass jar to represent each alcohol-free day – seeing them pile up kept her motivated
  • She did well and achieved almost 2 years of sobriety – however when she moved to a new city, things started to change
  • Jo had become a bit complacent and started to take a few sips of her husband’s beers from time to time
  • Before she knew what had happened, she was buying wine and back into the old routines
  • After a few months, she knew she had to get back on track, but this time round she tried a different approach
  • She decided to tackle her underlying issues – she’s always suffered from depression so she decided to go to a psychiatrist
  • Jo took some meds, got some therapy – and stopped drinking – and began to feel much much better
  • She is now a few months in as sober again, and feels stronger this time around
  • We agreed that the danger of relapse can be higher for people who don’t take the time to deal with their underlying issues
  • You can catch up with Jo’s new blog on Facebook – this time she’s called it “Coins in a Cracked Jar”

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