Sarah's Story - the journey to recovery from alcoholism 

TK Team

Photo: Women Together volunteer Sarah Page and leader Jenny Frost get a tour of a room at the Talitha Koum rehabilitation centre site in Witnesham from Project Director Ken Donaldson.


Sarahs Story 300x400Sarah Page (pictured above and right) bravely tells the story of how she overcame her alcohol addiction and how she was led to work for Ipswich based charity Talitha Koum where she now helps other women 


Sarah Page describes the gradual daily spiral into alcohol dependancy in an excert from her compelling story, to be serialised in her inspiring personal blog starting this Monday:

"The illness of alcoholism is progressive. It stealthily creeps up – lurking in the wings to get you. It is cunning, baffling and powerful.  Oh so very powerful. Like every other alcoholic – I would always have a reason for drinking. It had been a good day, a bad day, I'd been bullied at work, won a contract, lost a contract.  Whatever the 'reason' – I would drink myself to oblivion – to blackout – most evenings – and get up and go to work again the next day."

Sarah, who now helps lead a Women's recovery group in the local charity Talitha Koum (TK)  says one of the effects of domestic violence means certain types of addiction are more prevalent among women, who can be drawn into addiction because of changes in their home life, particularly among middle class families, giving rise to what she calls “net-curtain drinkers”.


“It’s two years since I was freed from addiction and it’s the main reason why I am involved in this charity,” she said.

“In that time I’ve met people from all walks of life.

alcohol Female 2“From my perspective, I was a professional woman in a successful job, but then children left home, my lifestyle changed and I was attending lots of corporate functions and social events.

“The illness crept up on me; I had been dependent for some time but I was in denial for a number of years.

“It was not until I reached rock bottom that I realised I had to do something about it.”

Around a third of the women attending Women Together groups have had issues with domestic violence and nearly half have reported additional mental health issues.

The idea behind Talitha Koum (TK), is to help women in the Ipswich area struggling with addiction.  With help from the Ipswich Star’s Somebody’s Daughter campaign, the charity was formed and set to work helping women trapped in the same cycle of addiction that had forced those women onto the streets and ultimately into their killer’s path.


Today, as the 10-year anniversary of the Ipswich murders approaches, TK is making a final fundraising push to secure the completion of the rehabilitation centre that was always its foremost ambition.


1126739studyingforatest1Unlike other addiction organisations, TK, which takes its name from an Aramaic bible quote, translated as “little girl, get up”, works only with women.

It says this is important to create an environment in which its clients can be relaxed and forthcoming when discussing their problems.

Project director Ken Donaldson (pictured above right) said: “What we want to do is create a different legacy out of the Ipswich murders. One that says this is what happened 10 years ago but look; we as a community have been able to achieve something that’s very positive.

“If we can counteract some of the negativity of that time and make a difference to women’s lives, often helping women like the five who died, who had drug and alcohol addictions, then that’s a really positive step.”
 

 

The first part of Sarah's story serialised in her peronal blog may be found by clicking here

 


TalithaKoumLogoSarah's Story will be serialed and reprinted by kind permission from Monday in Sarah's personal blog - click here

If you want to talk to someone about this article or the issues it raises please contact Talitha Koum (details below).


If you need more information on the charity, giving or the Women Together program please do contact the TK office:.email admin@talithakoum.org.uk or telephone 01473 857432 or visit their website at www.talithakoum.org.uk

Heart 4 Ipswich, 02/06/2016
LeonardCheshireMendozaPainting
Centenary mass marks start of sainthood campaign
A Memorial Requiem Mass to celebrate the life of Suffolk humanitarian and philanthropist Leonard Cheshire is to be held on September 7, the centenary of his birth, in his home village of Cavendish. More ...
FestivalPastors640
Festival Pastors are in the pink at Latitude
Armed with a tent peg mallet, Love Hearts, chocolate bars, saline wipes and bottles of water, the popular Latitude Festival Pastors helped spread peace and love across the sprawling canvas city in the fields of Henham Park in Suffolk. More ...
LatitudeFestival640
Appeal for Latitude Festival Pastors prayer support
Town Pastors from 11 projects across Suffolk and Norfolk will be helping to ensure the safety of the 35,000 people attending the Latitude music and arts festival in Suffolk in mid July. More ...
LatitudePastorsCafe640
Town Pastors appeal for Latitude festival artist
An appeal has been put out for a budding artist to take part in a live painting project in the Town Pastors cafe at the well-known Latitude music festival in Suffolk in mid July. More ...
FF375 Family First Logo v1 L R
FAMILY FIRST The new name for Ipswich4Family 
Ipswich4family name has now changed to Family First with immediate effect . More ...
CelebrateEastAnglia650
Charismatic Catholics all set to celebrate in Suffolk
The Catholic charismatic weekend Celebrate East Anglia takes place in Bury St Edmunds on June 3 and 4 with a well-known line-up of speakers. More ...
PhilipYoung17x750
Felixstowe clergyman to stand in General Election
A Felixstowe clergyman has today declared he is standing as an independent candidate in the General Election for the Suffolk Coastal constituency – one of the first clergy to do so since the law was changed in 2001 More ...
YMCA logo
YMCA Suffolk’s CYPS Houses project reaches finals of prestigious national youth awards ceremony
A YMCA Suffolk accommodation project has reached the finals of a prestigious national youth awards ceremony, due to be hosted by TV presenter June Sarpong MBE. More ...
FinalMassCrowdEastAngliaAthumb
Pope Francis vigil is climax to World Youth Day for East Anglian pilgrims
An 80-strong pilgrim group from the Diocese of East Anglia has returned to the UK after joining two million other young Catholics, and Pope Francis, at World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland.   More ...
Diocese of East Anglia, COE
Is God calling you
New priests and deacons to serve communities across Suffolk
Worshippers are delighted that 15 new priests and deacons, including two in their 20s and others bringing a wealth of experience, are taking up roles serving communities right across Suffolk. More ...
COE Suffolk
Open Up 2 colour logo thumbnai
New project dealing with Domestic Abuse to be launched this September
In recent times we have often followed news and stories about abuse. They have appalled and shocked us. As many as one in three women and one in five men have been abused at some time and the sad truth is that studies have shown More ...
Bishop Marting thumbnail
Bishop Martin's comments in light of the EU Vote
The Rt Revd Martin Seeley, Bishop of the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese, said: "A clear decision has been made, and now is a time for wisdom and vision as the Government and Parliament steer the course ahead through uncharted and choppy waters. More ...
Church of England Suffolk

To submit a story or publicise an event please email:  stories@heart4ipswich.co.uk