A Sober Mom’s Guide to Recovery: Taking Care of Yourself to Take Care of Your Kids

SoberMomsGuide150x236By Rosemary O’Connor

Hazelden Publishing

O’Connor describes the many challenges of recovering from addiction while upholding the responsibilities of motherhood. She describes her own and others’ stories of use and abuse, and the guilt it brought. This is a guidebook for recovering women who have struggled with balancing their recovery and parenting.

Included at the end of each chapter are “Sober Mom’s Tools” which include honest insights into her experiences and may be helpful to others.

Some of her best takeaways include self-care, forgive yourself and others, and remembering, “My sobriety comes first.” Besides praying to your Higher Power, O’Connor recommends that readers consider getting a coach. She challenges the reader to ask, “What would I do if I knew I could not fail?” She also demonstrates how practicing those methods can make successful parenting while in recovery achievable.


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