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Mommy Doesn't Drink Here Anymore
Getting Through the First Year of Sobriety
Rachael Brownell
ISBN: 9781573244091
Book (Paperback)
Conari Press
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
176 pages
August 1, 2009


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"Mommy Doesn't Drink Here Anymore is an excellent read. I was absolutely entranced by Brownell's journey, her wit, her honesty, her special connection to Ted (her recovery soul mate), and the many women who helped her stay sober. And I was so relieved that she got the message. Her story touched me deeply, not just because I am a woman in recovery, but because a story of hope resonates. This book deserves a wide audience." -Karen Casey, Ph.D. author of Each Day a New Beginning and Change Your Mind and Your Life Will Follow

"...The real story is the subtitle of the book, "Getting Through The First Year of Sobriety". Kids or no kids, you will relate to this. We all have had to get through the first year, or maybe you are trying to get through the first year (maybe for the first time maybe for the umpteenth time)...You don't need someone to tell you the story because I think Mommy Doesn't Drink Here Anymore is a book you will want for yourself. Buy it, read it, and when you are through, pass it on. If you don’t like sharing your books (I don't) tell your friends about it and then pass on the strength and hope I am sure you will have received from Rachel's message." -Kathy L., BellaOnline's 12 Step Recovery Editor

"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." -Library Journal, Crystal Renfro
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.

Rachael Brownell is the mother of three and a recovering alcoholic and perfectionist. She writes a monthly column, "Rugrat Reprieve," for the Imperfect Parent, wrote a daily column for Babble's "Strollerderby Parenting" blog, and was recently managing editor for She lives and breathes books and language.

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