New Book "Behind the Curtain" Show Mother's Transformation from Alcoholics Anonymous to Business Owner

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Mother and business owner, Jean, illustrates why she gave up drinking.

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“Alcoholism is a disease,” Jean said. “I want to demonstrate the power readers can use to take back their life, no matter their past.”

According to the Mayo Clinic, “alcoholism is influenced by genetic, psychological, social and environmental factors that have an impact on how it affects your body and behavior”. For those affected by the disease, drinking over time may change the normal balance of chemicals that are associated with pleasure, judgment and the ability to exercise control over their behavior.

In “Behind the Curtain”, author Jean shares a mixture of cathartic memoir and inspiration for those seeking help in their journey towards sobriety. This personal testimony brings awareness to abuse of all kinds, and aims to get families talking about taboo topics.

Beginning when Jean was a child, this book illustrates the effects of alcoholism from a variety of viewpoints: an alcoholic mother, a domestically abused young daughter, a violently abusive father figure and a grown alcoholic daughter.

Now celebrating her 30+ years of personal sobriety, Jean illustrates how she as a mother, was able to substituted alcohol for family values. A successful business owner, Jean bravely illustrates how sobriety was one of the hardest, yet most rewarding decisions she has made in her life.

“Alcoholism is something that effects the world’s population,” said Jean. “Millions of mothers, fathers and grandparents are affected by the disease of alcoholism. Therefore, millions of children, spouses and family members from every continent can relate to my story. After many years of substance abuse, I decided to choose family, and I want to help others make a similar choice.”

From abuse to Charlotte Bronte books, “Behind the Curtain” reveals a deep and honest account of searching for support during a time where alcoholism and abuse was a stigmatic topic.

“Alcoholism is a disease,” Jean said. “I want to demonstrate the power readers can use to take back their life, no matter their past.”

Behind the Curtain
By Jean Green
ISBN: 978-1-4669-7780-8
Pages: 162
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About the author
Jean is a member of Alcoholics Anonymous. She currently lives in Cape Town, South Africa with her husband of 60 years.

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