Joanna's story of functional alcoholism and recovery
Joanna is a 47 year old freelance stockmarket trader, and mother of two. She is also an example of a growing number of so-called ‘functioning alcoholics’ – holding down a demanding job, juggling motherhood and family and work demands, with no obvious outward signs of losing control over their drinking.
“The kids didn’t think anything of it,” Joanna, 47, told the MailOnline. “It was just accepted that Mummy drank lots of wine.” She would leave the children in the car while she ran out to the supermarket to top up her daily wine supply, cracking open the first bottle after school and finishing it by 6pm. She spent boozy weekends at friends houses, where the focus was on drinking rather than eating, and ‘it wasn’t uncommon to polish off five bottles of wine during a midweek lunch with a couple of colleagues. It was the lifestyle we were used to.”
Joanna joined Help Me Stop’s digital program, which delivers the same intensive therapy course as our face to face program, in a flexible format that fits around busy lives. She has been sober for over a year now. “I joined Alcoholics Anonymous, and a friend I met there told me about Help Me Stop. During therapy sessions, they help us learn how to deal with stress and boredom, and not to rely on that glass of wine.’
‘I accepted that I had an issue – an illness that needed treatment. And slowly, with the support of the therapists at then clinic, the urge to drink disappeared. I can finally concentrate on things. I do Pilates and meditation regularly, and I feel like I finally have a clear head.’
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