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Sarah

About Sarah

Psychodynamic Counselling and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

I am Sarah Turner in my 50's married with two sons. I live in between two pretty villages, just outside of Harrogate in North Yorkshire. My vocation and passion has been to help Women and their families beat alcohol dependence and misuse for many years, and are not able to access appropriate care. Harrogate Sanctuary was born through my fight to find empathetic treatment when I desperately needed it, and failing abysmally. Although I am fully qualified on paper as an Addictions Counsellor and Congnitive Behavioural Therapist, I much prefer to use my own experience as a drunk up until my late thirties, to empathize and understand the problems that Women of today face with the effects and consequences of drinking too much. I adore my family, both human and animal, have three beloved chickens, . My garden never ceases to amaze, and now my boys are grown, I have rather taken to plants to vent my nurturing side. In addition to my own services to my clients, I campaign relentlessly to raise awareness of this hidden epidemic, that still remains such a taboo subject. In the 21st century, it's time for change. To this end I have also co-authored The Sober Revolution, Women calling Time on Wine O'clock, with my friend and ally Lucy Rocca, founder of Soberistas.com.

Time For Tailored, Bespoke Care

10Apr

  Every other life threatening illness receives specialist care. As each patient will present with a unique set of diagnostic problems, the treatment will be altered for their best outcome. For the most part, there is blanket coverage with alcohol … Continue reading

  

New Puritan or New Goddess?

3Feb

I have been hearing across the social media networks, that we non drinkers are somehow the New Puritans. That title suggests to me that we have a rather holier than thou attitude. As if we are in some way superior … Continue reading

  

The Aftermath of Christmas

27Dec

How was your Christmas? Jolly, Happy, Joyous and Fun? Perhaps Peaceful and Relaxing? On Christmas Night, I am always grateful these days,  that it was scattered with the above, tired but still with a clear head, of not having to … Continue reading

  

The Festive Season

7Dec

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you say the word Festive? It might not be just booze, but it will feature in the mind’s eye somewhere. The old values of peace and good will seems to … Continue reading

  

Minimum Pricing

26Nov

How will this affect the way we would drink? I can only speak from my own area of expertise, that is women and mothers of the Middle Class persuasion with a dependence. The answer for them, is not in the … Continue reading

  

Stigma, I am Sick of It

7Nov

The word Alcoholic conjures up almost without fail, an image of a totally disadvantaged and desolate person, either living rough or in dire circumstances. Weak and worthless individuals who have brought the whole mess on themselves. I am truly sick … Continue reading

  

Alcoholism Shortens Life More Than Smoking: Study

1Nov

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Women have the highest risk of dying prematurely, researchers report I had to share this on my blog, and this is no small, throw away statistic. It was carried out over 14 years and included 4000 people. Those that know … Continue reading

  

Far From Sublime

16Oct

As over eight million TV’s beam into our sitting rooms most evenings, I am constantly amazed at the amount of both subliminal advertising and situations that make you NEED a drink. Buying a sofa? You better have a bottle ready! … Continue reading

  

Side Effects and Health Warnings

9Oct

This is an ageless, classless illness, and one that is so very difficult to come to terms with. We all regret that we cannot be ‘normal’ drinkers, whatever they are, in the early days, but I often wonder if someone … Continue reading

  

Means the world to me

25Sep

Over the years I have been humbled by the goodness shown to me from many clients. Their gratitude always makes me feel a little shy though, and only a conduit to their inner strength to overcome one of the most … Continue reading

  

Cancer Warning for Women who like a Glass of Wine or Three

22Sep

They are the problem drinkers missed by government efforts to curb alcohol misuse – women, often middle-class and professional, who share a bottle of wine with a partner over dinner each night, putting their health at risk. Unnoticed because they … Continue reading

  

Acknowledgement For Harrogate Sanctuary

17Sep

Baroness Newlove Queen Elizabeth II Attends The State Opening Of Parliament

I received this encouraging email from Baroness Newlove today, and with support like this, we will fight on with our aims to liberate women from the strangle hold of alcohol addiction. Dear Sarah, I am very grateful to you for … Continue reading

  

Alcohol Is Never Top of the Government Agenda

10Sep

Now smokers are going to be encouraged in October, to give up en mass. According to some Government Tsar, we are all herd/pack animals so will find it much easier to be texted by some smoking cessation team to egg … Continue reading

  

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times.

25Aug

‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season … Continue reading

  

Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner

12Aug

Gandhi always knew how to nail a subject, and never better with this quote when referring to alcohol addiction. Even the sinner using alcohol hates the sin that they are embroiled in. Without becoming narcissistic, to recover you really have … Continue reading

  

The Bravery of Surrender

1Aug

It becomes more apparent to me each day of how courageous the step to surrender, honestly and openly is. Those who have never been addicted are often not only totally perplexed, but also appalled at the behaviour of a drunk. … Continue reading

  

The Sanctuary goes Global!

30Jul

Slight exaggeration, but since my work was featured in the Yorkshire local press, I have been overwhelmed with enquiries. To this end, I have decided to offer telephone counselling to those outside of my catchment area. We are also working … Continue reading

  

The Inner Child

24Jul

Even after all these years of being sober, using common sense and logic, facing the world without the aid of any enhancing drugs or medicines that take away the rough edges, I still have yet to come to terms with … Continue reading

  

Risks and Reward

18Jul

I have always been fascinated by risk takers, and when I was at the height of my drinking career, I took many risks. Not only with my health, and my relationships, but sometimes I am quite sure I got a … Continue reading

  

So Much to Do, So Little Time..

30Jun

First of all apologises for my absence for the last few weeks. Life has been full of customers who have battled long and hard with the demon drink. Time is such a fundemental thing that we all take for granted. … Continue reading

  

Alcohol and Depression

6Jun

It has been an incredibly busy couple weeks at the Sanctuary, clients presenting with trepidation as the Jubilee celebrations approached, and looking for avoidance tactics or more upsetting, ways of completely missing out on what should be a happy event … Continue reading

  

The Re-Birth

16May

At first I was on the pink cloud of Euphoria with my sobriety. Everything in those initial weeks was clean and fresh. There was so much I wanted to prove, and so much I wanted to do. All the hiding … Continue reading

  

The Simple Truth

10May

Many women tell me almost jokingly, that they now only have time to binge. The truth is, as shown by a recent study, women from managerial or professional backgrounds are 19 per cent more likely to drink heavily at home, … Continue reading

  

The Final Performance

8May

Life had now really begun to freefall. On top of my vast alcohol addiction, trying to fend off debt collectors, and keeping some kind of structure to my son’s daily routine, the stress became too much for my husband and … Continue reading

  

I’m Not Alone

3May

This article sums up so much of the consequences that I see on a daily basis, and well worth a read. Think I will stick to my Pomegranate Juice!! Dr Smith-Laing, liver specialist, pulls no punches. ‘Until about 10 years ago, … Continue reading

  

The Days of Wine and Roses

1May

After my booze fuelled twenties, partying, being involved in the most precarious situations, along with one or two brushes with death due to car accidents, invincible, devil may care me, hit 30. My life had really spiralled out of control … Continue reading

  

The Roaring Twenties!

26Apr

My tolerance in my late teens and twenties was amazing. Whether it is genetics or not, I obviously had inherited hollow legs, and throughout my twenties could drink a country dry with little side effect. It also gave me confidence … Continue reading

  

Truth and Honesty

23Apr

This is an off piste post, but I just had to share from reading another blog, the contents of which touched me enormously along with my take on the acceptance of drinking to excess. I am never surprised at the … Continue reading

  

THE INSTANT ALCOHOLIC.

18Apr

After the death of my Father, aged 13, the isolation became immense. My elder Brother was away at school, and my Mother was in the grip of both alcohol misuse and grief. I had friends at school and played a … Continue reading

  

Tragic Beginnings

13Apr

I am not sure whether or not I was born to be alcoholic, the jury is still out from my point of view on the genetic connection. There is very strong arguments for this to be the case and indeed … Continue reading

  

WHY MIDDLE CLASS WOMEN ARE DYING FOR A DRINK

9Apr

There is no doubt that more Middle Class, Middle Aged professional working Mothers are drinking too much, along with stay at home Mums. Wine seems to be the drug of choice. Over the last 20 years or so it has … Continue reading

  

I am Sarah and I am an alcoholic…

5Apr

I am Sarah and I am an alcoholic. Not active, an ex alcoholic. The first statement is one that many are familiar with, quoted millions of times at the famous AA meetings. Prior to my sobriety, those words always conjured … Continue reading