Easter hiatus

Apologies folks for the interruption in service over this week-end.  As I mentioned in a previous post I am doing some work to my blog which involved moving servers and so some functionality was lost for a few days.  Thank you to those of you who emailed me to let me know about the 404 error messages and those who sent text messages to make sure I hadn’t drowned in a vat of wine,  you know who you are  😉  It hadn’t gone dark because I was off drinking – more like tearing my hair out as my luddite technology skills were severely challenged!!

Anyway I am happy to say that the normal daily blog service is now resumed 🙂

And with some news too.  In a couple of weeks I am going to do a Skype interview with Veronica Valli from Recovery Rocks.  If anyone would like to submit a question for Veronica then please let me know on email in the next two weeks.  I am planning on posting the interview up on Monday 12th May.

Here is her bio:

Veronica has worked as a therapist and life coach specialising in addiction for over ten years; her experience includes working with young people in the criminal justice system, primary care adult treatment, outreach services and private practice. Veronica has also worked in local government, delivering local drug and alcohol strategies.

As a recovered alcoholic, she has personal experience of what it takes to recover. Veronica struggled with alcoholism through most of her twenties. Never a daily drinker but a binge drinker, she was aware for some time that something was wrong but was unable to define what it was; a chance meeting led to her finally getting help and turning her life around.

At the height of her drink problem, Veronica was unable to go to work without the aid of a drink; her life and confidence were in tatters. She got sober in 2000 at the age of twenty-seven. She now uses this experience to help and inspire others. She fully believes that all alcoholics and addicts can recover if they have access to the right kind of help, and that they can then go on to live life to the full.

She is committed to educating and informing the public on problem drinking and addiction and has appeared regularly on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire as a specialist guest. She has also appeared on the Lorraine Kelly show on ITV, and an ITV programme entitled The Truth About Binge Drinking; she has also appeared in national magazines and publications, discussing recovery from alcoholism.

Her book ‘Why you drink and How to stop: Journey to freedom’ is available on Amazon.co.uk http://www.amazon.co.uk/Why-you-drink-How-stop-ebook/dp/B00EGD8T3M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1382014004&sr=8-1&keywords=veronica+valli

Veronica is married with a young son and is currently working in private practice.




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If you have a question you would like to ask an addictions specialist then drop me an email.  Or maybe you’d like to ask a question of me as a nurse?  Whatever we’ll try to accommodate and are really looking forward to it!

8 thoughts on “Easter hiatus

  1. Hey!! Its me who was worried you had drowned in a vat of wine. Yes I do know who I am. Also let it be known that has nothing to do with you but to do with my knowledge of your somewhat challenging, at times, family dynamics.

    Anyway, I thought I would tell you this. Yesterday I went to the local garden centre and found myself chatting to a really interesting, good looking man of my kind of age. (As you know I am a widow of four years). We were getting along famously when he told me he was on his 8th day of being nicotine free. I replied with congratulations and said that I had given up years ago and was now alcohol free. WELL, you should have seen him change. I am sure he immediately thought…….well she must be boring then. I have to admit that would have once been my reaction too. However, I am quite self aware and know that I am far from boring. I still mix with my friends and family who are all drinkers. I am still having lots of fun and enjoy waking up remembering all the events of the previous evening. As I was gardening and reflecting on the earlier encounter I decided it was probably no loss. I am loving this time of being sober. Whether or not I will continue with it I don’t know but its a choice that I have made for now.

  2. Glad to see the blog back up 🙂 I enjoyed Veronica’s book (actually read half of it before I quit) – I liked the fact that she looked at the reasons why people drink, and the need for spiritual healing as part of the process of quitting. Will have a think about questions for her! Should be interesting. xx

  3. I love the new look. Looking forward to the interview. Also might check some of her books out. Thanks for coming back. 🙂

    1. Thank you 🙂 Still tinkering so it’s a work in progress and glad you like.

      1. Thanks Art for the heads up. New server did go down for a bit but should be okay now. Let me know if you get any further problems and apologies 🙂

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