I don’t crave it, I don’t even think about it. It's amazing!
I joined OYNB because I had exhausted all other avenues to reduce my alcohol intake. My family, particularly my husband, had really had enough and had tried everything they could think of to help me. You name it, I have probably tried it! I have been attempting this for 30 years.
My husband then died of cancer in January 2020, just before the first lockdown. I went a bit loopy for a while as I came to terms with the this loss, but I joined OYNB in the hope that I could get some help as I no longer had my husband to constantly remind me to cut down. I tried hard and enjoyed reading posts and the encouragement from people for all over the world.
My OYNB experience
OYNB helped me to recognise some patterns in my drinking behaviours – after diving into a bottle of vodka for some time (I am a binge drinker), I could go for quite long periods of 2 or 3 weeks without alcohol.
I came to the realisation that I had reached a crossroads in my life! I finally “got it”. I don’t know what exactly happened, but I realised that, if I wanted to do something with the rest of my life, I had to conquer this monster! I stopped. I just don’t want it anymore. I don’t crave it, I don’t even think about it! It is amazing. I think talking to so many other people, having their advice and input really helped. Coupled with the fact that I have so much less stress in my life anymore.
I am comfortable. I enjoy walks with my dog. Peace and quiet. I am making plans for the future and have so much to look forward to.
Will I drink again? Never. And for that I am eternally grateful.
If I know anybody who needs help as I did, I will not hesitate to recommend OYNB. In fact, I have sung OYNB’s praises on many occasions already!
An entrepreneur and former senior oil broker, Ruari gave up drinking after excessive consumption almost cost him his marriage, and worse, his life. Going alcohol-free improved his relationships, career and energy levels, leading to him founding OYNB to provide a support network for others.