Anth Parker, a Dorchester resident and alcohol use survivor, has turned her struggle into success by creating an exhibition of postcards that feature kind messages and helpful tips on tackling alcohol addiction.
The overall aim of the messages is to inspire others that an alcohol-free life is attainable.
Ms Parker expresses that recovery from alcohol use disorder has given her inspiration to encourage others who are struggling.
“I spent many years thinking that the pretty labels and bottles were my friend. My comfort in hard times and my joy in celebration with others.
“What I didn’t realize for many years was that the empty promises alcohol gave me were just lies.
“Once I learnt that alcohol is an addictive poisonous substance, it helped me to learn that it didn’t just numb the grief, depression and anxiety, it also numbed my joy.”
The two telephone boxes are located on High West Street, Dorchester where the community is more than welcome to enter.
They’re encouraged to leave thoughtful messages inspiring others on their journey to freedom, to know that they are not alone.
She adds: “My hope is to raise awareness by people sharing their tips on how they’ve recovered.
“To show how with life changes, different habits and routines and learning to take care of ourselves we can change and learn to find healthier coping strategies in life.
“It offers hope, and by people reaching out we are saying that we are not ashamed to share our stories.”
Sober Inspiration Project
Admin of the Sober Inspiration Project group on Facebook, Ms Parker uses her group to encourage those who are sober curious or on their journey to sobriety by creating a community of those alike to support.
She suggests that in a virtual world, it isn’t as easy to find support that suits everyone.
“Postcards are a lovely old fashioned way to send a thoughtful message of encouragement.
“They’re read both sides and are engaging! They are a beautiful way to share a little piece of your creativity.”
With plans to expand her creation, Ms Parker has decided to “put all the cards together in a final exhibition in the outside world” and encourages the public to watch out for more photos and videos on the Facebook group online.
In supporting Dry January, the postcards and kind messages are another form of support for those on their journey to freedom from alcohol.
She adds: “Eight years ago, I walked through the doors of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous).
“The people were so friendly and welcoming, but the process of recovery just didn’t suit me. That was the only option but things have changed now.”
Ms Parker checks them frequently: “It’s become a safe space to think of others who are struggling with alcohol use.”