Jo grew up in a disadvantaged family and had little support from her single mum. She discovered alcohol in her mid-teens and found it a good way to solve her social anxiety. Initially Jo loved the effect but didn’t like the taste of alcohol and it wasn’t until her late twenties that drinking became a problem as she used it to cope with life and work.
Her drinking progressed and then she found cold medicine and smoking dope helped her dull the pain of living. Jo first found help in Narcotics Anonymous but Alcoholics Anonymous was recommended to her by a friend. She found the first 3 years in AA difficult and drank on and off before getting a sponsor and tackling the 12 Steps in earnest. She has been sober in AA for 19 years now and enjoys plenty of support from AA friends. Her mental health and personal relationships are both improving beyond her wildest dreams.
If you think that alcohol may be a problem then Alcoholics Anonymous could help you. Give them a call on 1300 222 222 or see their website aa.org.au