A common trigger people talk about in Daybreak is putting the kids to bed. Our community helps parents find ways to manage alcohol, while still being able to relax and unwind. Members talk about the reward of cuddling the kids in the morning with new energy and emotional resources because the community helped them stop at a glass of wine.
Members often talk about social expectations to drink at a hen’s night or their daughter’s wedding. We are social beings and our relationships play a very important part in our wellbeing. Our community helps people through these expectations in a social setting. Healthy, positive and fulfilling interactions with family and friends… and getting through the wedding without drinking a drop.
Another common alcohol situation the community shares is Friday night drinks. People in Daybreak often find the expectation to drink with colleagues is much easier to handle by asking the community what they do in that situation. Members often say that ordering a mocktail or a low-alcohol beer overcomes the urge to drink and makes the next day better for concentration, mood, and energy.
The Daybreak program is funded by the Australian Government, Department of Health.
The program includes unlimited one-on-one chats with our qualified health coaches right inside the mobile or web app. This type of help would normally cost over $180 an hour through Medicare or health insurance, and is free for anyone in Australia through Daybreak.
If you prefer to use the web version of Daybreak, please use the “Free trial” to start with and you’ll be updated automatically in a couple of weeks to a free membership.
What if I don’t live in Australia?
When an urge arises, having a supportive community to connect with and keep you motivated can be a great help.
Our community have self-reported that acting on urges to drink reduces for them over time. This graph shows the average reduction of acting on urges to drink for members of the Daybreak program in their first two weeks of joining.
Daybreak encourages people to share how they feel through weather icons going from stormy to sunny, these icons signal your mood. The graph above shows the average mood change for our members within their first month of joining.
Daybreak works by combining a supportive online community with evidence based experiments and health coaches. This model can be effective in helping you reflect on your relationship with alcohol and in taking the necessary steps to change your drinking habits.
As Daybreak has active members in at least three continents, responses are quick no matter what time of day or night you need support. People typically get a response from the community within 5 minutes.
Daybreak has an extensive collection of experiments which can help you to manage your urges to drink and achieve the changes that you want to make. Practicing experiments is a great way to learn new skills and try out new approaches to achieving your goals.
Access to support with qualified coaches through one-on-one private, secure, instant messaging. People engaging with coaches self-report a 3-times greater probability of improvement with managing urges to drink.
With peer support and one-on-one help with our trained health coaches, surfing urges can become easier. Health coaches will help you by guiding you through your journey, by recommending behaviour change experiments that are most likely to positively impact you in a specific situation, and to set motivating and realistic personal goals. Whether the goal is to cut back or abstain from drinking, our coaches are available for anonymous, non-judgmental chats to give direct and personal support.
Briony has been working in mental health since 2009 and has been registered as a psychologist since 2011. Her work currently involves helping people to understand and change their relationship with alcohol, and to meet their health and wellbeing goals. Her special areas of interest are in trauma counseling and using technology to support mental health and wellbeing, as well as improving overall health and functioning. She has completed further training in Neurofeedback, Schema Therapy and EMDR.
Sarah has a Diploma in Alcohol and Other Drugs & Mental Health Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs, and continues to train in this field. Her experience is as a counsellor and addictions recovery practitioner for a leading Australian treatment centre. Sarah has supported caseloads of clients, with one-to-one counseling and brief interventions, together with facilitating support and relapse prevention groups. Sarah’s aim is to see members obtain their highest potential and implementing the healthy changes they wish for themselves.
Change is an individual choice. It can help to ask yourself:
“Do I want to stop drinking altogether?”
“Is there something I am willing to change?”
“What do I want to leave as it is?”
“What are my personal health or family goals?”
You don’t need to be close to a crisis to access help and support. Addressing an issue before it impacts on your day-to-day life means you can move on and focus on the things that are important to you.
Daybreak is appropriate for most people who are wanting to change their relationship with alcohol. If a person is in significant distress, such as experiencing thoughts of suicide or self-harm, we encourage them to seek more intensive and face-to-face support. Although the community is supportive, evidence shows that if people are in significant distress, supportive communities are not effective. More structured and targeted support is necessary.