Carrie Armstrong
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Hi, I’m Carrie, I’m a TV Presenter. That’s what I do. Who I am is a girl that was told never to expect to get her life back after spending half my Twenties housebound and then in a wheelchair. What I did was prove everyone who told me this wrong.

What I do now is show anyone who needs it how to get from where I was physically to where I am now. Out of the bed, out of the chair and back into the world strong, healthy and confident. Their very own Life After. If I can do it, anyone can do it. Three years ago my own mother used to dress and feed me, I needed constant care and full time support. Now I’m on National TV. Walking, working, living and loving every minute of it.

Entries by Carrie Armstrong

The Birthday Wall of Grief

(2) Comments | Posted 24 March 2014 | (23:00)

It's my birthday this week. The week I tend to think of more as Achilles heel week. Please-pass-the-Kryptonite week. Do-not-pass-go-do-not-collect-£200-week.

You get the idea.

Birthdays have changed for me. I celebrated my last one at 26. After that most of them were spent indoors until around 30. Even when I...

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Can We All Stop Whining Like B*tches About the Difference Between Recovering and Recovered?

(1) Comments | Posted 16 March 2014 | (23:00)

There are few thing that make me want to swallow my own face with boredom more than the ridiculous, totally unnecessary, inane whining that goes on in recovery circles between those who describe themselves as a 'recovering' alcoholic, and those who call themselves 'recovered'.

Only in those circles. Obviously. No...

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Size Does Matter in Sobriety

(0) Comments | Posted 4 March 2014 | (13:39)

We are obsessed with length in sobriety. How long have you been sober? When is your sobriety date? How many days, weeks, months do you "have"?

Size does matter in sobriety: length is irrelevant though.

Width is everything

How wide is your sobriety? What does it encompass?

It becomes obvious...

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Why We Need Neknominate

(4) Comments | Posted 18 February 2014 | (14:44)

This week brings with it the third death by neknomination.

Not the last though. Obviously.

Presumably you don't wile away your days locked in a sensory deprivation tank so you know what neknominate is. But on the off chance you don't:

It's a 21st century version of playing Dare, except...

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Why Kick It Out Is My Valentine

(0) Comments | Posted 14 February 2014 | (11:49)

I can't understand you when you all talk at once

We all assume the worst part of another person's recovery is the most dramatic. Tales of being fed and dressed by a carer. Being so thin your body is covered in bruises where your bones meet mattress. Possibly the hour...

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My Apologies to Those With Actual Diseases

(22) Comments | Posted 2 February 2014 | (23:00)

Things that alcoholism is: Horrible, Wasteful. Frightening.

Not a disease.

A lifestyle choice.

And it's important to establish the difference.

Because we spend so much time calling this lifestyle choice, this action we take, a disease - that we skip over the obvious - it's an action that gives us...

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Are You Actually Drinking "at" Something Though?

(3) Comments | Posted 15 January 2014 | (23:00)

There are so many catchphrases in Recovery. Sobriety. Abstaining. Whatever you want to call it. So many buzzwords.

I have a mistrust of buzzwords.

I prefer it when people use longer sentences so I know that they also know what the f*ck they are talking about. Buzzwords are very easy...

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Dry January

(1) Comments | Posted 2 January 2014 | (23:00)

Dry January? Don't Bother.

Or rather, if you are going to do it? Do it f*cking properly.

It's January, We are fat, broke, tired. Seems like a good enough excuse to raise some cash for a good cause and have a few early nights, yes?

No. Just no.

Do dry...

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How to Lie Your Sober Ass Off Through Your Christmas Party

(0) Comments | Posted 10 December 2013 | (23:00)

'Tis the season to make a total arse of ourselves at the Christmas Party. Yes?

Doesn't have to be that way.

How we react to the upcoming season of merriment is a good indicator of where we are on the sliding scale of alcohol abuse. If we are at the...

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Why Alcohol Awareness Week Does More Harm Than Good

(0) Comments | Posted 21 November 2013 | (15:40)

It's Alcohol Awareness Week. So I spent it in the binge drinking capital of Europe.

Yes. I went home.

I had something different lined up each day. I went to conferences. Listened. I sat and watched discussions on alcohol policies.

Yes. It was as dull as it sounds.


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How Jeremy Kyle is Killing Women

(0) Comments | Posted 8 November 2013 | (14:51)

There is a woman on my television screen. She does not have my face. Her eyes are not mine. Where she used to have teeth is now empty space

I am not that woman.

Her clothes are dirty. They are the clothes of a man and her wasted frame swims...

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Drunkorexia-Yes It's an Actual Thing

(2) Comments | Posted 29 October 2013 | (23:00)

Have you heard of 'drunkorexia'? Yes it's an actual thing.

An actual thing with a really f*cking stupid name, admittedly.

It's a newly termed eating disorder utilised by students who don't eat so they can 'save' themselves for alcohol. In young men the saving is financial, they don't spend money...

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What's My Age Again?

(3) Comments | Posted 25 September 2013 | (12:29)

I'm sat in a coffee shop at a table next to two impossibly young women. They are luminescent with the kind of ethereal beauty that comes with some types of youth.

Not mine

Their skin is radiant, their smiles are beaming. There is light coming from and towards them, an...

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Orthorexia Nervosa in Recovery: It's Time to Talk

(2) Comments | Posted 16 September 2013 | (13:54)

There's something really wrong with me, isn't there? It's not normal to live like this, is it?

Words I'd been too afraid to speak, a kaleidoscope of thoughts that had been free-wheeling around my head formless for so long-now clicking into place with frightening clarity. I didn't understand my own...

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Dream Your Way to Recovery

(2) Comments | Posted 22 August 2013 | (00:00)

I used to dream I was bedbound. Just lying there. Hours of nothingness to match my days of emptiness.

That's when I knew I was in trouble.

If I couldn't remember being able to move even when asleep, how could I ever hope to do it...

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Why I Was Wrong and Full of Sh*t About Sobriety

(42) Comments | Posted 15 August 2013 | (00:00)

I talk a lot.. Sometimes I don't say much but I do talk a lot

This year I've been talking a lot about addiction. Why we are failing. What we are doing wrong. Why our failure rates are so bloody high.

I shout a lot about mainstream recovery groups. How...

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Why There's No Such Thing as a 'Nice Drunk'

(139) Comments | Posted 8 August 2013 | (00:00)

The precariously stacked house of cards that is our British drinking culture uses many falsities as its foundation. But the myth of the 'nice drunk' is my absolute favourite.

You know the one, right? Hail-fellow-well-met. Everyone's pal. The life and soul. Always great for a laugh, cracking jokes. The one...

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Drinking: A Mash-Up Story

(0) Comments | Posted 24 July 2013 | (16:14)

Recently The Guardian's Naomi McAuliffe wrote a piece about drinking, with particular reference to the Ladette Culture of the 90′s and the apparent link between it and the increase in women's health problems in relation to alcohol. Anyway you can read it here

This is the...

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Happy Hour for Mr Cameron

(59) Comments | Posted 19 July 2013 | (00:00)

This week our government has greeted us with the news that it has reneged on all plans to put a minimum price on a unit of alcohol in the UK.

Don't worry though folks, we ain't stopping there...

Apparently that's not quite enough of an incentive to keep on chugging-so...

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What Gazza Taught Us About Rehab

(62) Comments | Posted 11 July 2013 | (00:00)

Stumbling around a hotel foyer on crutches, in clothes he'd apparently been wearing for days, empty gin bottles in his pockets, confused and in tears. Gazza once again slides into the hellish pits of alcoholism.

Apparently onlookers were shocked and upset by this sight. As they were over six months...

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