Addiction, hospitalisation and recovery

We talk all the time about the changes that come from quitting alcohol, but Claire’s journey is one which is particularly extreme in both its highs and its lows. Her dangerously deteriorating health and eventual hospitalisation meant that giving up alcohol was a necessity rather than a choice. Her strength and courage in battling addiction…

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Kim's Story: pity

Our member Kim continues her sober journey, and has no need for anybody’s pity. “Pity you so much” Just been to yet another birthday party lunch. Over the meal for 20 odd people, a mate told me loudly across the table: “Don’t take this the wrong way, but I pity you so much.” She continued…

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The Drinking Habit, Wellbeing and Popmaster

Our old friend Julian has another guest blog for us. Today, he explores how he reworked his drinking by understanding and changing old habits and rituals. Wellbeing One of the ‘little’ things I enjoy is listening to the Popmaster competition on BBC Radio 2. The quiz is part of the Ken Bruce show, takes place each…

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How Julian got to 1500 days sober

1500 days sober City worker Julian Kirkman-Page is a good friend of Club Soda, and has recently notched up a milestone. 1500 days sober. In this webinar Julian shares his story of going sober. How bad his drinking was. How he stopped and how he stayed that way. Health was a motivating factor Julian has…

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David before and after

Club Soda members were astounded with member David’s before-and-after photos five (or now six!) months into his alcohol free journey. We talked to him about giving up the booze, his day-to-day life and his goals for the future. How long have you been alcohol-free? What made you stop drinking? I will have been alcohol free for…

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Elton John getting sober

Elton John’s photography collection “I got sober in 1990.” This was the opening line to Elton John talking about his photography collection, which is currently on view at the Tate Modern in London. I wasn’t expecting a story about art to start THERE! It is the first 30 seconds of this video (you can watch it below)…

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Sally webinar emotions goals

How emotions can ruin our goals We often ruin our goals in the heat of the moment. When our emotions get the better of us and we say ‘F**k it’. Club Soda member Sally kindly did this week’s webinar (Laura lost her voice!) and shares one of the key things she has learnt in 10…

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looking back at five months sober

Five months ago, Kim quit the booze and hung up her chemical suit. The other day, she was looking back at a blog she wrote in her third alcohol-free month, when she was frustrated that benefits were becoming less obvious. Turns out that since, she has completely changed her mindset and began to enjoy her…

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Turn your life around parkrun

Club Soda member and parkrun UK volunteer Tamara shares her story of addiction followed by recovery, using exercise and fitness for motivation and being part of a community. Writing to recover I feel pretty nervous sharing this but, with gratitude, am compelled to write a bit about me and what parkrun has done for me. Being…

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