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Eternally Amy - A Sober Mom of Eight's Journey from Jail to Joy

Aug 11, 2023

In this episode of the "Eternally Amy" podcast, Amy Liz Harrison introduces her guest, Claire Hatwell, a wife, mother of four, and author. Claire shares her journey of overcoming addiction and challenging the stigma around recovery. Claire thinks about how she used alcohol to deal with stress at first, and then gradually started drinking three bottles of wine every night. She talks about how she was alone, felt ashamed, and had problems, including health problems, before she got help. Claire talks about how important it is to recognize addiction, get help, and see how recovery can change your life so that you can eventually find new meaning and connection in a sober life. She also shares how to find strength in vulnerability and authenticity, the benefits of a sober lifestyle, and how she developed self-acceptance and self-compassion. These and many other topics are discussed during the episode, listen to learn more!


In this episode, we also talked about:


  • The UK's drinking culture and its impact on mental health

  • The slippery slope of alcohol dependence

  • The challenge of moderation and seeking help

  • The role of counseling and medication in recovery

  • The challenges of getting sober alone

  • Can online support groups be a lifeline?

  • Overcoming fear of sharing a personal journey

  • The power of empathy and understanding

  • The impact of negative comments and criticism

  • Finding strength in vulnerability and authenticity

  • The importance of diverse recovery options

  • Empowering oneself to overcome addiction

  • What are the benefits of a sober lifestyle?

  • Keeping sobriety in check while dealing with other problems

  • Taking progress and personal growth into account

  • How connections with other people help people get better

  • Getting past common misconceptions about sobriety

  • Developing self-acceptance and self-compassion

  • The road to sobriety helped me find my inner strength