Bottled

Author: Dana Bowman
Publisher: Central Recovery Press, LLC
ISBN: 9781937612986
Size: 18.87 MB
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An unflinching and hilarious memoir about recovery as a mother of young kids, Bottled explains the perils moms face with drinking and chronicles the author’s path to recovery, from hitting bottom to the months of early sobriety—a blur of pain and chaos—to her now (in)frequent moments of peace. It offers empathy, comic relief, and encouragement for moms everywhere. Dana Bowman is a long-time English teacher and part-time professor in the department of English at Bethany College, Kansas. Author of the popular mombsieblog.com, she leads and presents workshops on both writing and addiction, with a special emphasis on being a woman in recovery while parenting young children.

A Sober Mom S Guide To Recovery

Author: Rosemary O'Connor
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781616496241
Size: 11.25 MB
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Rosemary O’Connor brings her many years of experience working with women in recovery to addressing the key life issues mothers face at all stages of their recovery path. Recovering from an addiction is tough enough, but when you throw in the tremendous responsibilities of motherhood, resisting cravings and remaining abstinent—much less enjoying the rewards of sobriety—can seem like an impossible challenge.Rosemary O’Connor brings her many years of experience working with women in recovery to addressing the key life issues mothers face at all stages of their recovery path. At once affirming, engaging, and practical, A Sober Mom’s Guide to Recovery combines down-to-earth advice with the inspiring stories of recovering moms, including the author’s, to offer guidance on over fifty vital topics, including stress, relapse, relationships, sex and intimacy, spirituality, shame, gratitude, dating, and, of course, parenting. The result is an inspirational and practical handbook, not just for getting through the day, but for building a sense of well-being that radiates outward, allowing you to be present with your kids and loved ones, and find hope for the future.

If I Die Before I Wake

Author: Barb Rogers
Publisher: Conari Press
ISBN: 1609251075
Size: 15.30 MB
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Barb Rogers’ book begins with the tragic death of her teenage son, Jon, and delves into the horror that was her life to that point. Due to a home life fraught with substance and emotional abuse, Barb found herself bottomed out more than once, and homeless along the way. “When asked in early recovery if I knew any prayers, the one I could think of was the child’s nighttime prayer, ‘Now I lay me down to sleep.’ As I thought of it, I recalled the long nights when I simply wanted to go to sleep and never wake up.” Barb learned most of her life lessons through pain, tragedy, and addiction. This is not a glamorous book, it is real and it is raw. It is not about survival of the fittest, but the weak, the hopeless, the helpless, the truly addicted, not only to substances, but to drama, anger, excuses, and justifications. She describes how she got to her lowest point, just what it was, and how and why she finally reached out to a 12-step program for help. She shows the reader what it’s really like to survive, to stay clean and sober, and find a way to the other side. Recovery was one of the most difficult things she ever did, but “worth every effort I put out.” Barb Rogers would be the first to tell you she’s not special--she’s led a hard life, and she tells her story well and with humor--readers--addicts or not, but especially addicts--are going to find the kind of gritty inspiration, that if Barb can do it so can they, that will inspire life changes.

Sober Mercies

Author: Heather Harpham Kopp
Publisher: Jericho Books
ISBN: 1455527750
Size: 20.16 MB
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Where do you turn for hope when you already have the answer--but the answer isn't working? As a long-time Christian, Heather Kopp never expected to become an out-of-control alcoholic who kept private stashes of booze all over the place--tucked behind books in her study, zipped into a special compartment in her oversized purse, at the back of her closet stuffed inside her boots. Even as her career and marriage teetered on the brink, Kopp couldn't get a grip, desperately hiding the true extent of her drinking from the rest of the world--her husband included. During the day she wrote books about God and prayer and family. At night she'd locked herself in her bathroom to guzzle chardonnay. For her, as for many Christians who struggle with addiction, overwhelming shame and confusion only made things worse. Why wasn't her faith enough to save her? Why didn't repentance, Bible reading and prayer work? Where was God? Meanwhile, as she watched in horror, her grown son descended into his own nightmare of drugs and alcohol. She feared for his life, yet she couldn't stop drinking long enough to help him--or find a way out for herself. Until the day everything changed. Engaging, funny and bracingly honest, Kopp shares her remarkable journey into darkness...and back to the light again. Her story reveals the unique challenges and spiritual conundrums Christians face when they become ensnared in an addiction, and the redemption that's possible when we finally reach the end of ourselves. If you love Jesus but shop too much, drink too much, eat too much, crush on men who aren't your husband, or otherwise fixate on doing things you hate but can't stop doing, SOBER MERCIES is for you. As you follow Kopp's sincere, stumbling journey toward freedom and a deeply satisfying relationship with God, you'll find renewed hope--and practical steps of recovery--for your own journey.

Drunk Mom

Author: Jowita Bydlowska
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780698156395
Size: 16.53 MB
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“An intense, complex and disturbing story, bravely and beautifully told. I read Drunk Mom with my jaw on the floor, which doesn’t happen to me that often." - Lena Dunham Three years after giving up drinking, Jowita Bydlowska found herself throwing back a glass of champagne like it was ginger ale. It was a special occasion: a party celebrating the birth of her first child. It also marked Bydlowska's immediate, full-blown return to crippling alcoholism. In the gritty and sometimes grimly comic tradition of the bestselling memoirs Lit by Mary Karr and Smashed by Koren Zailckas, Drunk Mom is Bydlowska's account of the ways substance abuse took control of her life- the binges and blackouts, the humiliations, the extraordinary risk-taking- as well as her fight toward recovery as a young mother. This courageous memoir brilliantly shines a light on the twisted logic of an addicted mind and the powerful, transformative love of one's child. Ultimately it gives hope, especially to those struggling in the same way.

Fear Fighting

Author: Kelly Balarie
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 9781493406463
Size: 15.10 MB
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We all live with fear. It hangs around, whispering in our ears, reminding us of all we can't do or will never be. But that's not the end of the story. We also have a God who draws close to say, Fear not. I am with you. This Spirit transforms us into fear fighters--women breaking free of trepidation to find bold dedication to God's peace-, purpose- and joy-filled callings. With remarkable compassion born from personal experience, Kelly Balarie shows women how to · Cultivate unstoppable faith by harnessing God's Word and promptings · Pray panic-, blood pressure- and stress-reducing prayers to usher in lasting peace · Discover clear and immediate action plans to exchange worry for God's greatest gifts · Implement daily bravery decrees to stand armed through the day · Participate in a 12-week study guide to foster new courageous habits Kelly pulls back the curtain of fear so you can find the beautiful woman God created you to be.

The Recovery Formula

Author: Beth Burgess
Publisher:
ISBN: 0957321708
Size: 11.41 MB
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Are you tired of the guilt, shame and pain of addiction? Are you sick of the constant relapses? Do you yearn for happiness, freedom and a better life? People can spend years trapped in addiction unnecessarily, because, despite all their efforts, they just don't understand what you really need to do to recover. Despite attending rehab, counselling, groups and fellowships, many addicts remain stuck in the cycle of addiction, because they are not told some very basic facts about recovery. For some reason, many of the facts about successful recovery have remained a secret - until now. Beth Burgess has written THE book on addiction recovery, having struggled as a serial relapser and become frustrated about having to learn by trial and error. She saw too many people around her doing the same thing, and set out to write a book which shared the secrets of addiction recovery, that most addicts take a long and painful time to learn. After studying what successful addicts were doing to get better, and looking at the lessons she learnt from her own journey, Beth decided to share what really works and what doesn't when it comes to getting clean and sober. The Recovery Formula is an essential guide for anyone who is addicted to alcohol or drugs and wants to do something about it. The book will help you to understand your problem, to make decisions about treatment, to avoid relapse and to set yourself up for success from the start. The Recovery Formula is a framework that anyone can use to achieve a happy and successful sobriety. Receiving high praise from addicts and addiction professionals alike, this is THE book to have if you want to get clean and sober forever. Your recovery starts here. About the Author: Beth Burgess is a Life and Recovery Coach and the founder of Sort My Life Solutions (Smyls), providing private coaching, consulting, workshops, training and speaking. Her missions include helping as many people as possible to achieve an amazing recovery and ending the stigma toward people with addictions. Visit Beth at smyls.co.uk or bethburgess.co.uk With a Foreword by Professor David Clark, Director of Wired In To Recovery. What others are saying: "A wonderfully effective guide that every addict should read as they take their first steps into sobriety and recovery. I am hugely impressed by this book." - Wynford Ellis Owen, CEO of the Welsh Council on Alcohol & Drugs "Beautifully written. A moving and insightful book that will help a lot of addicts understand how to start recovering successfully." - Dr Robert LeFever, founder of Promis, the first UK rehab centre, and author of 26 books on addiction and depressive disorders "A brilliant mix of inspiration and information. If you're an addict and don't know where to start with sobriety, read this book." - Michaela Jones, Community Director at Wired In To Recovery