As an accomplished pharmacist, business owner, wife and mother, I used wine as the way to relax at night and to cope with the day’s stress. When drinking that first glass of wine, I immediately felt relief and began to relax. My anxiety level came down. And the day seemed better.
But, I started to desire more wine to achieve the same effect.
One glass became 2……then 3……then more…..on most days. And then daily.
The mornings became unpleasant and my sleep was not restful. I gained weight and made poor food choices when I drank. I tried to cut back over and over; only to white knuckle it for a few days until I gave in and started right back up again. I still desired it. It seemed impossible to cut back. My willpower didn’t last. And I craved the relief and pleasure the wine brought.
All of the programs I knew about focused on an all-or-nothing approach. Abstinence programs. Treatment centers. Meetings. Declaring a problem. Sponsors. That wasn’t for me.
I didn’t want to stop drinking. I just wanted to be a normal drinker. And to not think about drinking so darn much.
I needed a solution. With my pharmacy training, I understood the biology and how the brain works, the neurotransmitters involved, and how the wiring of the brain occurs. I desperately wanted to figure this out. Through my life coach training and additional courses, I have created tools where I blend the science and the behavioral application to cut back on drinking permanently.