Changing it up

So today is the last day of school summer term here in the UK and the last day of my job.  Like a fair few other sober bloggers who have been on this journey with me removing the booze has initiated some fairly spectacular re-evaluations of happiness, life and it’s future trajectory.

So I have the summer off with the kids and then come my 1st year soberversary a new life begins.  I’m starting a Masters at the University of Cambridge, have reduced my NHS public health nursing hours and plan to spend more time here developing this part of my life on the blog side of things.

I’ve been thinking a great deal about how our health care system manages alcohol issues and to be frank it’s not great.  Partly because the Govt fails to recognise it as an issue and what funding exists to support substance abuse is quietly being whittled away.  Even within the realms of substance abuse services alcohol is the poor cousin when compared to drugs.  This blatantly ignores the fact that 1 in 4 people in this country are believed to have a problem with alcohol.  So you can get support from your GP or practice nurse through an Alcohol IBA and then until you end up with a physical dependency issue, and require specialist substance abuse services, there isn’t much out there.  Comic Relief have recently released an Alcohol Hidden Harm Toolkit to support managers, commissioners and practitioners involved in designing, assessing or improving Alcohol Hidden Harm services for children and families which is encouraging.  Outside of the NHS you have again two extremes of expensive private rehab, such as The Priory, or you have AA.  Soberistas are doing a brilliant job of providing an alternative community to AA but from a healthcare perspective it is very thin pickings.

I’m working on that though and will be sharing soon some plans that I have to help you if you’re reading this and would like some support from a healthcare professional who, through personal experience, knows how difficult managing your drinking or giving up booze can be.  Who knew that changing your drinking life could change your life completely?!

Watch this space! :)

60 days to go

12 thoughts on “Changing it up

  1. isn’t it amazing how sobriety, far from being the joyless restriction on our lives we thought it would be, is an open door to a new, exciting and challenging life?!

    school’s out. and so are we :)

    enjoy your next chapter: it is going to be incredible! xxx

    1. Thanks Prim :) I keep saying that I think sobriety is actually the world’s best kept secret!! ;)

  2. It is crazy isn’t it that the government don’t spend a fortune trying to sober up as many people as possible – imagine the money that would be saved just in healthcare, justice, work productivity! Maybe they earn even more from the alcohol companies though.

    1. Hi idontdrinkanymore (nice name!) Thanks for reading and commenting on my blog :) It is insanity isn’t it? What’s Einstein definition: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. But as another saying also goes: follow the money ;)

  3. This is so exciting :) Enjoy your summer with the kids–sending you best wishes and looking forward to hearing about the new leg of your journey! xx

  4. Wow! Exciting news! Best of luck on your new venture and enjoy your summer with your kids. :) I’m looking forward to hearing what happens next!

  5. Wow, Lucy, I didn’t realise we had such similar trajectories! We should yhave a proper chat sometime, my PhD proposal is about women and access to services. Good luck to you, it is amazing what sobriety can do for your health! :D

  6. sobriety the world’s best kept secret. very true. “big brother” wants it that way. keep people numbed out, at half mast and just getting by … then they won’t have the time or energy to question government rule etc… not that i, at almost a year, have any more energy to rise up in arms than i did a year ago, but at least i recognize it for what it is … congrats HOF. Love your blog and look forward to more updates!

    1. Completely agree with you atg. Booze is the current ‘opium for the masses’ :( Almost year – huge congrats to you!! :)

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