So you’ve finished Dry July. What’s next?

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If you’re one of the 19,000 people who signed up for Dry July, you’ll be eagerly looking forward to the end of the month and a casual drink. But for those of us who partook and realised there could be more to this dry life style than meet-the-eye, we want to invite you to continue the journey.

Perhaps you felt more clear-headed over the month, saved a lot of money or realised you’re a lot more dependant on alcohol than you think—if you want to explore sobriety, then we have the tools to help you along the way. This may simply be trying another month sober through our 30 Day Challenge, or it could be a complete lifestyle overhaul that we establish through ongoing counselling.

In this article printed in Warcry magazine., Colleen takes people through the next steps to take back control of your life from alcohol dependence. Take a look, and if it resonates with you, sign up for our 30 Day Challenge in the side bar and give us a call.

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Discovering Dry July 

Dry July does much more than raise funds for cancer patients and their carers across Australia, it’s also an opportunity for people struggling with alcohol dependence to break free and enter sobriety, writes Colleen Morris.

In its tenth year, Dry July has become a celebrated part of Aussie culture as people abstain from alcohol for a good cause. The phenomenon also shines a light on the less talked about part of our society—the fact that 17% of Aus­sies are classified as ‘lifetime risky drinkers’ by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (meaning they consume at least two standard drinks of alcohol per day).

Alcohol dependence leads to a myriad of problems, from liver poisoning to relationship breakdowns and cancer, so Dry July gives people the kick-start they need to begin the journey to sobriety. But when you struggle with addiction, this path is filled with obstacles.

If you have only recently become sober, then the chance of relapse is very high. Having a structured program to keep you focused and distracted from thoughts of alcohol is essential to recovery. To ensure recovery, it is important that you also get to know yourself better. Here are three steps to help you on your way.

  1. Discover the right counsellor for you
    People frequently put off seeking professional assistance because they have tried counselling before and it was not helpful at the time. This might be due to a variety of reasons:
    • your readiness to change;
    • you did not feel that the counsellor connected with you;
    • the counsellor’s particular style of intervention did not
    work for you.

Don’t be put off. It frequently takes a few different counsellors before you come across the right one for you. Don’t do it alone. You need ongoing professional help to keep you on track, motivated and accountable. 

  1. Discover who you are
    Alcohol robbed you of your identity. You may not have a clue as to why you became so dependent upon alcohol. You may not know what your particular ‘triggers’ are or why you are so vulnerable to those particular triggers. Who are you without a glass of alcohol in your hand?

 Don’t know where to start? Counselling can act as a ‘guide’ to self-discovery. A counsellor is skilled in the art of listening and asking the questions that can help lead you to your true identity.

  1. Discover what you are passionate about
    Do you know what you get excited about when you don’t have a drink in your hand? It is likely that you have not thought about what you are passionate about for a long time. It is passion that will get you out of bed in the morning and motivate you to keep doing the things you need to do to stay sober and focused.

Think about your passions, and discuss them with your loved ones and a counsellor. When you discover them, use these to motivate you on the journey to sobriety and you will live a more fulfilled life.

Have you conquered Dry July and want to continue the journey? Are you concerned about the amount of alcohol you consume? Call Colleen on 0434 337 245 or Duncan on 0434 331 243 for a FREE 10 minute consultation. To make an appointment, go to BOOK NOW.

5 Great Reasons to Have a Dry July

DRY-JULYAround this time each year, the words ‘Dry July’ come up. They pop up as a discussion point on morning television, and we see it on our news feed as friends rally up the courage to put down alcohol for July. But why actually have a Dry July? The campaign means that by simply giving up the drink, people can gather donations for adults living with cancer. But beyond this, there are also some great benefits to having a Dry July.

  1. Your body can detox

Whether you drink occasionally, once a week or every day, having a month free of alcohol gives your body a chance to detox from all the toxins that harm your body when you consume alcohol. Short term effects like hangovers and vomiting from alcohol poisoning are avoided for a month, and your body is given a chance to heal from long term effects like liver disease.

  1. You will feel happier

Sure, alcohol helps you to loosen up and have a good time, but do you ever feel happy the next day? For many of us, drinking has become a crutch that helps us to alleviate stress, relax and establish relationships. The fact is though, that any issues or stressors we have before we drink alcohol, are inevitably there afterwards. In fact, we often have more the day after when we can’t remember what we did or who we were with. Use this time to deal with the uncomfortable things you normally hide from, and you will find happiness knowing they no longer hinder your life.

  1. Your wallet will thank you

Alcohol is expensive, and any night you go out a large portion of your budget will be blown on buying drinks for yourself and friends. By choosing not to drink alcohol, you will save a whole lot of money. Non-alcoholic drinks are cheaper and water is free; imagine what you can save with all the money that will stay in your wallet this month!

  1. Your relationships will be healthier

Without the aid of alcohol, you have the ability to truly engage and invest in your relationships. Get to know new people and remember details about them, catch up for coffee with friends you normally only see at the club, and use the time to make memories with close friends and family.

  1. Try something new

Having a Dry July with friends, or even by yourself, gives you the opportunity to try something new. Go and do activities you normally miss, and remember how much fun there is in simple things like going bowling, having a movie night or going hiking. Perhaps you have a bucket list item you want to cross off, now is your chance to do it! Go and have the adventures you always dreamed of. Without the option of drinking alcohol, you’ll find a whole new world of possibilities open up for you.

For more information about Dry July, visit the official website here.

Are you having a Dry July? Sign up here for the Watersedge 30 Days Alcohol Free Challenge, and you will receive a free inspirational tip in your inbox everyday this month! If you’re brave enough to go all in, you can also check out our Challenge Guide and Workbook in the store.

Do you want to have a Dry July? Would you like some extra professional support as you begin the Challenge? Contact WatersedgeCounselling on 0434 337 245 for a FREE 10-minute phone consultation on how we can best help you or press book now to book in our online diary.