I have been talking about setting up a group for sober women for a while now. To try to do something about the lack of support for women like me. Getting and staying sober can be a lonely journey. I have found the fact that I know there are lots of other women out there navigating the same highs, lows and in betweens of quitting drinking but I don’t know who they are, has exacerbated that loneliness. As I go about my daily life, I find I am looking at my colleagues, friends and even strangers and wondering “Could it be her ?” Perhaps some of those women are looking at me and wondering the same.
So Club Sober is live. I have flyers up in my doctor’s surgery and am going to have something in the next practice newsletter. Susie, my drugs and alcohol counsellor has taken some – she cried when she saw me last week for a catch up. That meant a huge amount to me – more than I can say. I have a post on Mumsnet and they are going to do a media feed on Facebook and Twitter. I will also be asking my local library, community hub and others to take flyers.
So far I have not received any responses.
I know it is very early days but I admit I am a bit disappointed. I feel so passionately about this. The people I have told about Club Sober have been really positive. But then the self-doubt which plagued me when I was drinking, is whispering in my ear – “This will never work”, “What a stupid idea”, “No one will ever come to THAT “.
But I will keep going and if my idea falls flat on its face and no one responds, I will NOT take it personally. If I don’t try I’ll never know.
The first Club Sober group will take place in Birmingham (UK) on 2 March. Anyone interested can email me firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Spread the word !