How does the program work?
When does the program start?
You’ll get access to the private member website on the 1st of the month at 6:00 am Pacific Time.
How long will I have access to the program?
This is an interactive coaching program that is run live. You’ll have access to the coaching and program materials for 30 days after signing up.
What if I need more than 30 days of support?
No problem. Once your 30-days are up, you’ll have the opportunity to enroll in continued coaching support where we go deeper into the material.
Can I participate anonymously?
Yes. You can be as visible or hidden as you want inside the program. You can even submit coaching questions anonymously.
Is there a social media component?
No. You don’t have to worry about someone stumbling onto your profile or finding out that you’re taking part of this program.
If I live outside the U.S., can I still participate?
Of course! Women join from all over the world, and the call schedule varies to accommodate different time zones.
I have a busy schedule. How much time do I need to commit?
After your initial onboarding (we recommend setting aside an hour) you can complete the work in as little as 15 minutes a day, going deeper as time permits.
I’ve never taken a break before. I’m not sure I can do it.
Of course you can! Humans don’t need to drink. If you knew you would be kind to yourself no matter what happened, would you be afraid to fail? Of course not! You’re not afraid of failure; you’re afraid of how you’ll treat yourself if you break your commitment. One of the most important skills you’ll learn inside this program is how to always have your back and stop beating yourself up, regardless of what happens. It’s the only way to create change.
Why will this time be different? I’ve taken lots of breaks before and went right back to drinking.
That’s what happens when you’re focused on using willpower to say no to a drink. That’s not what we do inside Take a Break. We learn how the brain works so that we can change our desire instead of just white-knuckling it.
There will be alcohol in the house because my partner/roommate drinks. Is that a problem?
No. Having alcohol around can actually be a good thing. Instead of telling yourself you can only succeed when you aren’t around booze, you’ll be able to practice saying no in the real world where people may make different choices from you.
I’m not a daily drinker, but when I do drink, I drink a lot. Will this work for me?
Yes. This work is all about understanding why you have developed your specific relationship with alcohol and learning how to change it. This applies whether or not you drink every day, drink on weekends, or drink only occasionally.
I don’t want to stop drinking forever. Will this work for me?
Yes. This work isn’t about deciding what you want to do for the rest of your life. It’s about giving your mind and body a break so that you can take your brain off auto-pilot and make a considered choice that you feel good about.
I’m currently alcohol-free. Can I still join?
Yes! Lots of women join who are already alcohol-free because they still have a lot of desire, feel like they are missing out, or notice themselves isolating. This program will help you change all that.
Are there any women this program isn’t right for?
Very few. The vast majority of women who want to change their drinking aren’t physically addicted to alcohol. If you have a physical addiction—in other words without alcohol you experience tremors, shakes, sweats, or feel physically ill—please do not join unless you are under a doctor’s supervision and have gotten a medical clearance to stop drinking. If you are unsure whether or not this applies to your situation, please consult a doctor.
I don’t identify as a woman. Can I still join?
Anyone is welcome to participate in the challenge. Rachel built the challenge for women based on her perspective (straight, cis-gender) and what she learned in her private practice coaching predominately women. Therefore many of the lessons reflect a woman’s point of view. If that’s okay for you, we welcome you and can’t wait to meet you. If not, this may not be a good fit.
Do I really get to talk to Rachel inside the program?
Yes. All you have to do is sign up for live coaching.
What are the group coaching calls?
Every week, all the women currently active in the program are invited to participate in hour-long, group coaching calls. The calls are held on Zoom and you can join via phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.
Will everyone be able to see me when I join a coaching call?
No. Everyone sees Rachel’s video. Your video will only appear if Rachel brings you on for live coaching.
What happens when Rachel is coaching me?
Coaching is all about problem-solving. Rachel will help you identify the blind spots and obstacles getting in the way of success and strategies to overcome them. This isn’t about delving into your past or talking about your childhood. It’s about creating simple, effective solutions that you can implement right away.
When are the live coaching calls?
Coaching calls happen on different days and different times every week to accommodate women in multiple time zones. Every call is recorded and posted on the site within 24 hours so that you can watch the replay later.
What if I can’t attend the live calls?
Listen to them at your convenience! Over half of the women in the program never attend live calls and only watch the replays.
Do you offer discounts or payment plans?
No. Most women find that just by taking a break they pay for the entire cost of the program (and then some).
What if it doesn’t work. Do you offer refunds?
No. If you show up and do the work, you will change your relationship to alcohol. We don’t offer refunds so that you will go all in on the process and create the change you want.
My partner isn’t supportive and thinks I’m wasting my money.
The only support you really need is your own because you’re the only person who can change your relationship with alcohol. The most important thing to remember is that you don’t need someone else to change their mind so that you can feel good about your decision.
Can I use my health savings account or insurance?
Possibly. Check with your employer or insurance provider if you are unsure. Once you sign up for the Take a Break program you will receive an email receipt that you can include in any paperwork.
What are the fees in my currency?
The fee for the Take a Break program is listed in U.S. dollars.