Sober Mom’s Guide
Posted On Oct 22, 2015
By Andrew C. Stone
When a woman becomes a mother, fundamental shifts are inevitably going to occur throughout her life. Joyous, strange, stressful, deep… The journey from solo entity to “parent and child” is not something to take lightly, nor is it something to fear. (After all, it’s the most natural thing in the world.)
Yet when a new mom also happens to be an alcoholic or addict, the stakes feel particularly high.
Author Rosemary O’Connor, a certified life coach, recovery industry professional, and founder of ROC Recovery Services for Women, speaks lovingly and practically on the subject in her new book, A Sober Mom’s Guide to Recovery: Taking Care of Yourself to Take Care of Your Kids ($15.95; Hazelden Publishing). Full of respectful, friendly advice from which anyone—parent, addict, or otherwise—can benefit, O’Connor’s book contains practical solutions for dealing with issues large and seemingly small. (Although if it’s a burr in your saddle, is it really that small?)
Practical parenting, sex and relationships, sobriety and its maintenance, cultivating spirituality… So much can be found on these pages, as can a series of stories that get to the heart of this issue—which is consequently full of potential and hope. The realities of child-rearing, compounded by compulsions to behave in ways contrary to your best interest, are not pressures you have to face alone. This book provides loving guidance that your whole family will feel. Visit hazelden.org.