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Joanna's Story

Joanna's story of functional alcoholism and recovery

By Jack


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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To help you decide if Dayhab is the right treatment option, we usually start with a phone conversation. If you're happy to proceed, we'll take you through a pre-admissions assessment. This will give us a clinical evaluation of the problem and help decide if Dayhab is the solution for you.

We will also talk to you about how the programmes works and make sure you understand the commitment you need to make, and how Dayhab will fit into your schedule.

This assessment is free and unbiased. If we think our Dayhab programme is not the best treatment for you, then we will provide you with some suggested alternatives.


  • Help Me Stop is the UK’s leading alternative to residential addiction treatment. We are an alcohol and drug rehabilitation centre delivering many of the same services that you could expect to receive in a residential treatment setting. This includes group and individual therapy, workshops and written assignments as well as a thorough introduction to the 12-step model of recovery.
  • We are an abstinence-based rehabilitation centre and we follow the principle that addiction is an illness, not a moral failing. This illness may be kept in remission if abstinence is adhered to.

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