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Ben Harper Drugs Don't Work

No matter what happened or how tired you are... Everyone has something they are fearful of. Fear breeds more fear - it becomes like an amoeba, engulfing your vision, your dreams, your self belief. Fear leads to inaction. Simply - why...Show More Summary

How Many “Firsts” Can One Woman Have in Recovery?

I am continuously surprised by the “firsts” in my sobriety. After almost four years, you’d think I would have done all the things I did drunk, sober. I know I write about widening the path to recovery all the time, but I am amazed by how wide it really is. Show More Summary


Sometimes I make a decision and this little voice gets into my head and whispers “Rethink your decision” or “Great idea”. It’s disturbing, really. I may be totally confident in my decision but once the little voice steps in, I begin to doubt my reasoning process. Show More Summary

Soundgarden in Suburbia

Soundgarden in suburbiaWandering through a smoky room, somewhere in suburbia, kitchen bench cluttered with glasses and bottles and lean long youths I've never seen before, all in black. Girls with honey blonde wispy hair that smellsShow More Summary

What’s Your Generation’s Drug of Choice? Let’s Find Out…

Every generation has its trends. From hairstyles, to music, and yes, even drugs. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) has been studying the drug habits of Americans for decades. Their survey results reveal patterns of drug use among the most recent generations. Those age parameters are: Baby Boomers – born 1943-1962 Generation...

Contract negotiations coming up

Tomorrow my boss and I will sit down to discuss my contract. I have been all over the place since the audit only to come back to earth since this morning. I slept in, came to work at 10:00 which … Continue reading ?

When Mother’s Day Hurts

Usually when I write a post on this blog, I write it with the hope that what I have to say will be helpful to someone else. I write it hoping that someone who is going through what I have gone through, whether they are in recovery or not, will be able to see that … Continue reading When Mother’s Day Hurts

I Forgot I Used to be Called “Bucket of Wine Marilyn”

There is something I really love about Facebook. It’s the fact that people from long ago and far away find me. And they send me “Friend Requests” or private messages. Sometimes it brings back fond memories.  These days I communicate with Russian artists, Bahamian Lotharios and a smattering of long-lost school chums. Show More Summary

Catastrophic Thinking: Alcohol Isn’t Your Great Escape

Cassie’s heart began to race. “Am I dying?” she thought. “What if I’m having a heart attack?” Jeff’s wife was running late. He worried there had been a terrible car accident. Jeff pictured his wife lying all alone in a ditch somewhere, broken and bleeding. Molly’s daughter loved to play softball. It was less fun for...

Natural Tick Repellent

Spring has arrived which means that all of the bugs are out and about. We have been on the hunt for a natural tick repellent for dogs and kids and we’ve landed on this one! Olive and Cocoa are our beloved family members and with our family choosing to use natural essential oils from doTERRA […] The post Natural Tick Repellent appeared first on Sober Julie.

And… sleep is important

So, sleep is good. I woke up to another day and life is just life again. ???? Sigh, I really, really need to learn to put these things in perspective. Well, I am learning. How do other people do that? … Continue reading ?

We made it!

Yay! Passed the audit today. And where I was expecting a meagre 75% max score we got an astonishing >95% which means we are Higher Level at the first audit already! That hardly ever happens. Specifically not in this timeframe … Continue reading ?

Breaking The Stigma of Alcoholism at She Recovers

This weekend I have been in New York City for the She Recovers event which I’ve been looking forward to for more than a year. As somebody who is recovering from alcoholism, community has meant everything throughout the life of my sober journey. Show More Summary

Huh. I Always Thought I HATED Musical Theater (till I Got Sober)…

This sobriety “thing” is a gas. After four years, I still learn something new about myself all the time. Not everyday, but frequently enough to surprise myself, and “myself” is one of my favorite subjects…   When you say “yes” because you like someone, even when you know you’re going to hate it… Full disclosure – when […] The post Huh. Show More Summary

Audio: BBC Radio 5 Live with Emma Barnett (May 3, 2017)

This is Sober Podcast Episode #192 for my longer sober podcast series. This was my first experience ‘explaining’ sober coaching and quitting drinking to someone in the media who doesn’t know anything about it, is perhaps skeptical, and wonders why we quit. I didn’t realize, of course, that asking provocative and slightly confrontational questions makes […]

How I Juggled Probation and Active Addiction

In 2010, I was arrested for a “DUI with Enhancements” and reckless driving. I was barely twenty-one and hadn’t faced any real consequences of my substance abuse. I didn’t put up a fight. After the police finally got me to pull over, I practically fell out of my car crying and exclaiming that I was...

BBC Radio London with Eddie Nestor (May 3, 2017)

turns out i was on the radio twice yesterday (yeah, that never happens). for the second one, my cell phone rings, and it’s: “can you talk for 5 minutes about being a sober coach, and can you get a penpal from London to come on too?” turns out the answer was YES. what you will […]

Curry Chicken Recipe

When I met my husband I didn’t have enough respect or understanding of what makes a good curry chicken recipe. The full flavour and heat of a fine curry chicken can make my heart sing. Over the years my curry-loving husband has experimented and come up with many variations which we have just about once every […] The post Curry Chicken Recipe appeared first on Sober Julie.

DTs Changed My Entire World – For the Better

July 15, 2011, was one of the worst days of my life, yet it’s a day I wouldn’t change for anything. It was a full moon. I was a twenty-two year old girl living in a sixty-year-old woman’s body, wrongly diagnosed with a rare liver disease. I maybe ate once a week, but my body...

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