New Book Addresses a Whole New Set of "Cocktail Playdate" Parents

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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 (Conari Press, August 2009) 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.

Mommy Doesn't Drink Here Anymore

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 one 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.

FROM THE PREFACE
"My name is Rachael and I couldn't possibly be an alcoholic. I am a well-educated, reasonably well-adjusted, thirty-nine year-old woman with a home and a family, children, a good job, and ambition. I drink sometimes to unwind and to give myself a treat after a long day shuttling kids, working on spreadsheets, making dinner, folding laundry, and sweeping floors, but I keep it under control. I manage all right.

I am on the cusp of middle age, with the usual questions about the meaning of life and how to balance work and children. I wonder how it happens that my friends and I have become mothers, when we used to be English and Politics majors, clasping Edith Wharton and French feminist theory to our chests as we ran across campus to meet our lovers. We used to think we could do anything, have anyone, with enough hard work and smarts. This confidence has only now started to rub off, but I figure it's par for the course and about time anyway. I talk with my college roommate about children and business and politics. We laugh about how quickly twenty years fly by.

I am not an alcoholic. And yet. I love to drink. I am in love with drinking. And I have absolutely no idea how this has happened. I am scared that something has fallen away. My heart? My drive? My joy?

They say alcohol is a symptom of a greater disease, a spiritual disease that renders us incapable of accessing our better, more loving selves. This certainly was the case for me, and as I later found out, for many others like me."

Brownell addresses a whole new generation of "cocktail playdate" parents who need to find their way to sobriety - she helps point the way in "Mommy Doesn't Drink Here Anymore."

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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 supereco.com. She lives and breathes books and language in the Seattle area. You can find her online at http://www.rachaelbrownell.com.

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