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Mommy Doesn't Drink Here Anymore: Getting Through the First Year of Sobriety
     

Mommy Doesn't Drink Here Anymore: Getting Through the First Year of Sobriety

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by Rachael Brownell
 

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Part recovery, part self-help, and all real, raw stories of waking up for the sake of your self and your children, Mommy Doesn’t Drink Here Anymore follows one mother’s journey from cocktail mama to sober mama. The loving mother of twins and a newborn, Brownell used alcohol to maintain a sense of her adult self and be more than “just mommy.

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Part recovery, part self-help, and all real, raw stories of waking up for the sake of your self and your children, Mommy Doesn’t Drink Here Anymore follows one mother’s journey from cocktail mama to sober mama. The loving mother of twins and a newborn, Brownell used alcohol to maintain a sense of her adult self and be more than “just mommy.” It didn’t take long before her drinking spiraled out of control, consuming her life and marriage, and she realized that she needed serious help. Both heart-wrenching and inspiring, this is Brownell’s true-life story, from the first thirty days to the year mark.

Mommy Doesn’t Drink Here Anymore is not a book that preaches or simply takes the reader through the Twelve Steps. It provides hope and motivation to get into a program and balance your life as a mother and a recovering alcoholic. Atem is a living Magus, an icon for the twenty-first century. Part transpersonal shaman, part inner guide, part inner healer, part role model, Atem becomes a personal therapist, a guide to self-discovery and self-initiation. Atem, as healing fiction, helps readers to create their own breakthroughs, their own catharsis - emotional clearing that frees energy from internal conflict to flow creatively into new expressions.

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Brownell is a frequent contributor to various online parenting spaces, including The Imperfect Parent(www.imperfectparent.com), Babble.com, and Yahoo's Shine site (shine.yahoo.com). In this frank memoir, she journals her slide into alcoholism and her first year of recovery. She details in a conversational voice how her postpartum depression and the stresses of mothering three children, all under five years old, triggered her gradual dependence on multiple glasses of white wine. Her participation in social "cocktail playdate" groups for mommies with young children deepened the problem. Brownell doesn't pull any punches about the ugly side of her addiction, and her first year of sobriety is fraught with times where she felt lost, as if she were hanging on only by her fingernails, and overwhelmed by life without alcohol to help buffer it. VERDICT Brownell has an easy, readable style and a simple message. There is no glowing happy ending, just the reality that life must be faced one day at a time. This work will appeal to readers who like memoirs about ordinary people overcoming difficult life problems; individuals who find 12-step and recovery literature helpful will also be interested in this personal journey.—Crystal Renfro, Georgia Inst. of Technology, Atlanta


—Crystal Renfro

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609250201
Publisher:
Red Wheel/Weiser
Publication date:
08/01/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
239,743
File size:
834 KB

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"I want to be the kind of mother who never talks about diapers or potty training, who doesn't dream of boring you with which child did or didn't wake Mommy up last night. I want to be the kind of mother who loves her children without losing herself and whose sassy sense of humor is slightly off kilter and makes engineering husbands deeply uncomfortable. 'I need this', I say to myself while pouring that first glass of crisp white into a pretty glass. My shoulders relaxing, I look at my three kids through narrowing warrior eyes and think, 'Bring it!'"

Meet the Author

Rachael Brownell is the mother of three and a recovering alcoholic who writes a daily column for Babble’s “Stollerderby Parenting” blog and a monthly column, “Rugrat Reprieve,” for the Imperfect Parent. She lives in Bellingham, Washington.

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Mommy Doesn't Drink Here Anymore: Getting Through the First Year of Sobriety 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great! The author does a wonderful job of giving insight on having an alcohol problem even though you haven't hit rock bottom (DUIs, jail, etc.). It was just what I needed to read since I started questioning if I had a problem with alcohol.
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