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‘community’ tag

You Are Not Alone

Sunday 31 Jul, 2016, 4:49pm by Mrs D 17 comments

This is one of the main things I want every person who is stuck in a miserable boozy hell-hole – and every person who is working damn hard to get sober – to know. You Are Not Alone. Being miserably addicted can be one of the most lonely and isolating places to be. I know […]

Cutting Edge Addiction Conference..

Friday 15 Jul, 2016, 3:10pm by Mrs D 3 comments

The Cutting Edge addiction conference is fast approaching! This is a 3-day event run by Dapaanz who are New Zealand’s professional association for people working in addiction treatment. I went last year and found it incredibly fascinating and enriching. This year it is taking place on September 7-10 in Rotorua. The theme is ‘Celebrating Transformation’ with a […]

Just Hold On..(Guest Post)

Saturday 21 May, 2016, 6:32pm by Mrs D 20 comments

Getting sober is hard work – it is! Anyone who says otherwise is either lucky or lying.  Of course everyone’s story is different but it is probably fair to say that there is a big amount of work that everyone needs to do in the early stages of recovery to re-frame their identity.  During the early days without […]

Members Survey – Results!!!

Tuesday 17 May, 2016, 5:31pm by Mrs D 3 comments

Well this is exciting! Finally I get to publish the results of the Members Survey that we ran over Christmas time. Thank you each and every one of you who gave your time to contribute to this survey – your feedback and opinions are being used to help make decisions about the site’s future. The […]

The Power of Lurking

Sunday 1 May, 2016, 3:02pm by Mrs D 10 comments

We are so fortunate in today’s world that we can do all manner of research, investigation and exploration from the comfort of our own homes. In the past if we wanted to find out what others are doing to get sober we’d have to front up to meeting rooms in our communities, or take books out […]

Love, Peace, Joy & Hope (Guest Post)

Saturday 23 Apr, 2016, 1:15pm by Mrs D 4 comments

If anyone is reading this post and hasn’t yet registered to become a member here at Living Sober and therefore hasn’t been inside the Community Area (specifically the Members Feed) then you are an IDIOT!!!! Sorry.. don’t mean to be rude… but honestly.. no disrespect to all of the features and content outside of the Community Area […]

Our tribe…

Saturday 2 Apr, 2016, 4:59pm by Mrs D 30 comments

This might sound strange but in many ways I am grateful for being an addict. Why? Because without having experienced the despair of my addiction, or the grit of the fight to get free of it, I wouldn’t be who I am today. I wouldn’t be so in touch with the the strong and determined part of […]

A Powerful Eulogy (Guest Post)

Sunday 14 Feb, 2016, 8:36am by Mrs D 10 comments

A lovely man who worked in the addiction sector here in New Zealand passed away recently. His name was David Lyndon Brown and he will be very much missed both by those who worked alongside him in the recovery community and those he helped. David’s good friend Suzy Morrison wrote this powerful eulogy for David and delivered […]

Putting down the drink is just the beginning..

Friday 13 Nov, 2015, 10:35am by Mrs D 16 comments

I’m not sure that you can just stop drinking alcohol and make no other changes or do no other ‘work’ on yourself and expect to become happily sober. No matter what your reasons for drinking were, or what the quantities were that you imbibed, or what you did / said / felt while you were […]

Wellington Get-Together..

Sunday 4 Oct, 2015, 9:17am by Mrs D 15 comments

Living Sober has just had it’s inaugural annual get-together! A community-led meet up of brave sober warriors in Wellington. A weekend of meals, walks, talks, and togetherness. I joined the group for a late lunch yesterday at a hotel in the centre of town. We were given a side area off the main bar – a […]