There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they’re falling in - Desmond Tutu

chasing some moral support ?

G’day, it's Shanna here. CEO + Founder of SITC. If you have stumbled across Sober in the Country (Ltd) and you identify as a rural, regional, or remote professional and you're interested in cutting back or quitting booze and you'd like a little moral support along with a confidential place to chat - hopefully we can help. We have a beautiful family of almost 600 folks just the same who share the same wish - and it's like a big online family you never knew you had.

The link to join is at the end of this page > but, we need you to read how it works, first:

As stated, the group is strictly for working rural or remote professionals. Examples might include agribusiness owner, famer, small town school teacher, remote or regional health care worker, self-employed rural person, policewoman, councillor, agronomist,  … etc.

 

Why? Well it is very simple: the group exists for those who do not qualify for any kind of government or welfare assistance yet desperately need a leg up; and they simply can't afford the luxury of either time away from their business, job, far, (etc) or the spare cash to pay for city-travel to access a community or connection point or service.

We also aren't here for those who can access plentiful group support in city environments or those who qualify for other free programmes. We urge you to take full advantage of the support on your doorstep - because we aren't here to reinvent the wheel - we are here only to address a gap that nobody is looking at; and that is the rural men and women of Australia who are often overlooked because they ''seem to be going okay'' and are therefore dismissed too readily by both professionals and mates - and they're not yet ready to acknowledge or admit they really DO need a hand and a yarn.

The group exists to encourage others and let them know they are most definitely not alone.

Please understand the critical points, though, which are:

  • We are NOT a medical service, or a replacement for any kind of professional support and as such cannot answer any medical or detox questions. That's for your doctor.

  • We are NOT a replacement for a programme or working recovery concept - that's for you to decide - what we can do is tell you what we found helpful for us. 

  • If you are in a medical emergency, experiencing withdrawals etc - the group is not equipped for emergencies - so please go to your nearest hospital, or call 000 immediately

If you join and you're in serious strife with your drinking - it is expected that you will be working (or be actively asking about or researching) a clear structured programme of your own choice or preference and not ''depending'' on the group to cut back or quit. We are just cheering from the sidelines.

You must respond to all the admin questions in full when joining the group.

As the CEO, I have made a commitment to be involved on a daily basis with members as often as possible; rather than being ''one step removed'' as most CEOs are; but - please be aware I am not available 24-7 and make no promises to be instantly available. I am purely in the group as a facilitator and administrator and as ''just another garden variety recovered alcoholic'' and not presenting nor masquerading as an expert, guru, professional service, representative of any outside organisation, or a port for one-on-one advice.  I am just another recovered alcoholic.

Final point: after 5 years of voluntary service to the community - SITC is now a registered charity; and as such - the group is in the process of transitioning to being member-sponsored. Just as we are expected to chip in with a few coins for real-life volunteer-based network; we will be operating on the same philosophy effective in early 2020. Watch the group for coming updates. All will be explained. All membership sponsorship will go directly back to the Sober in the Country Ltd (registered NFP / national charity) to cover admin and time and to enable SITC to continue our life-saving rural work.

Our philosophy in the group is this:

''We aren't here for those who need to be here - we are here for those who want to be here.''

If you're from a non rural area and you'd like access to a free national chat group please visit Hello Sunday Morning (happily I am their rural ambassador) and download their government-funded 'Daybreak' APP or, alternatively, search for your nearest Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. These are both free online and real-time services.

ALSO, REMEMBER, the internet is the internet. While we have strict legal terms and conditions in place - by joining you have agreed to the strictest confidentiality of others; you also will be expected to understand nothing online is under anyone's control other than Big Data. While we protect your data (see the legal doc on privacy) we can only control so much.