After trying and failing to control or quit drinking for about a decade and just becoming progressively more despondent as the years ticked by, I heard Janet on Cape Talk in February this year and something about her approach just seemed to ping my brain in a different way… I listened to a couple of the Tribe Sober podcasts and next thing I knew, I was 4 days sober and completely overwhelmed with emotion, sobbing with gratitude in the knowledge that something was just different this time round… I felt as though I had been dramatically pulled back from the brink of certain disaster.
In the early days I binged on podcasts, discovering a whole new world of information which helped to change my mindset about alcohol. However, being a private person and cautious introvert, it took me another two weeks before I jumped in and joined Tribe Sober as an actual member. To my own complete surprise I was soon all over the groups connecting, enjoying the chats, sharing information and ideas delightedly – I had had no idea what I was missing before! Connection absolutely is the opposite of addiction, and this interaction which I was so scared of initially has made all the difference. The totally non-judgemental, fun and empathic environment has been a joy- I am now 8 months sober and tribe chats still keep me motivated and afloat, I enjoy helping to motivate others, and I can say with 100% certainty that I wouldn’t have been able to change my life this way on my own. There is something in this method for everyone, and the support is magical, going far beyond alcohol problems, into holistically opening up channels to address other aspects of life and the root causes of any kind of self-medication. I am endlessly grateful to Janet, Sue, Lynette, Lucy and all the tribe members for their deep thought work, passion and empathy. Highly recommended to anyone who is struggling. You do NOT have to do this alone Sarah Cape Town