Sally is a successful, married mother of two in full time employment, she sought out treatment with us here at Help Me Stop for alcohol addiction, achieving abstinence-based recovery whilst learning to apply a set of practical tools to stay stopped with our Digital Dayhab programme.
Here she shares her experience with our intensive online outpatient programme, which is the first of its kind in the UK. She attended group sessions in the evening and weekly one-to-one therapy via Zoom, successfully completing her treatment for alcohol addiction. She tells us how her initial scepticism transformed into optimism for a happy, healthy and sober future.
“I came to Help Me Stop at rock bottom – couldn’t live with or without alcohol. In my quest to be the perfect daughter, mother, wife, colleague, friend, niece, I became so overwhelmed I could no longer breathe. Alcohol became my outlet and steadily controlled my every waking moment – driving me to cross-lines and behave in ways I never thought possible. Perfection – I was the opposite! The life that I’d worked so hard to build and protect was crumbling around me. An ultimatum brought me to recovery and enabled me to finally admit I was an addict. I never thought I’d be able to stay the course and remain sober. I was unable to imagine a world with joy, self-love, happiness.”
“I was sceptical of group therapy, the 12 Step programme, meditation, the list goes on. To say my treatment journey with Help Me Stop has changed my life would be an understatement – it’s transformed every aspect of life, but most importantly it’s enabled me to truly understand addiction, and develop close supportive bonds with other addicts, my group, my Help Me Stop family. From the moment I spoke to the admissions team, I felt heard and understood for the first time in my life. The group sessions are immersive and create a safe space to process feelings, cravings, shame and emotions I hadn’t allowed myself to feel for years. Combined with the support of my one-to-one therapist, the whole experience has completely changed my perspective for the better, and enabled me to start to like, even love myself again.”
“My family, close friends and most importantly my children have noticed the difference, in fact my husband will be embarking on his own recovery journey soon. I am now present for my children, affectionate, interested, patient, – all the character traits that make me, me but were either dulled or horribly accentuated during active addiction. The 12 Step fellowship is now a core part of my life and I am in the process of securing a sponsor to support my ongoing recovery. I learnt more in my 8 weeks with HMS, then decades of trying to manage my own addiction. I cannot recommend HMS and the team enough for giving me my life back, one that I am grateful for and want to enjoy every second of, in sobriety.”
Sally completed the Help Me Stop Digital Dayhab programme, which offers six weeks of intensive addiction treatment online. Our prices for Digital Dayhab and our Dayhab programme in London allows ordinary working people to access treatment quickly and affordably. The Digital Dayhab programme is designed to fit with work and family commitments, meaning there are no barriers to getting started with us.
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