25. How I Stopped Drinking – Carlen Makes Some Changes

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 I’m chatting to Carlen – who works in the wine industry!


In this Episode

  • Carlen had been a bit worried about her drinking for a long time and knew she needed to make a change
  • She did a private workshop more than 6 months ago and found it quite easy to stop drinking
  • She was really clear about WHY she wanted to make a change – no more fights with husband, no more health worries
  • She requested a Sober Buddy who helped her enormously – a bit of extra support and accountability
  • We both agreed that it’s so important to know WHY a change is needed – reasons which will keep you on track over the months
  • Four years ago Carlen had a hypertension episode – in ICU – has regular check ups – since she gave up drinking, it has improved dramatically
  • She is finding her running is so much better now that she’s stopped drinking – it’s on a different level
  • The cognitive dissonance has gone – no more voices in her head saying, “How, why, what did I say?” etc
  • No more waking up at 2am feeling full of regrets and shame – sleep has improved – plenty of energy
  • Carlen is in the wine industry and is still enchanted by the process – she can still taste – but doesn’t see herself as a drinker any more
  • She keeps a tracker and ticks off her alcohol-free day in the morning – she doesn’t want to have to correct it later!
  • Carlen has been in advertising and is in the wine industry so the marketing doesn’t get to her
  • The fact that there are so many AF products on the market has made it SO much easier to give up drinking
  • She loves seeing new people joining – and how the others in the community help them get through
  • Carlen has started a blog about her journey which is called wynvlieg.com
  • If you would like a copy of our tracker and/or our “Finding Your Why” exercise please email us at info@nulltribesober.co.za

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