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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Los Angeles Based Blogger Mom Comes Clean About Drinking

Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, the Los Angeles based blogger mom, had become well known for drinking moms everywhere decided to come clean and announced that she may have a problem. Her comical books "Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay", and "Naptime Is the New Happy Hour", and her blog, "Babyonbored", advocated a little alcohol to get a mother through a long day. Taylor started to realize that her alcohol use was becoming a little out of control about a year ago and she decided to sober up. "I wasn't saying, you know, go out and just get trashed every night, and who cares if you have kids", Wilder-Taylor, 43, said. "It was just about having fun and still maybe maintaining a little edginess to your personality".

Last year, Stefanie saw that her drinking was no longer for good times as much as it was a coping mechanism for dealing with her daily stresses. With three children, two of which being baby twins Sadie and Matilda, her anxiety increased as well as her drinking. "My life went crazy. ... I had the hormones; I had three kids now at home. Well, I started drinking again with a vengeance," she said. "It spiraled really fast for me. I realized very quickly I'd gone from not drinking at all to drinking a lot, every night". Taylor was always concerned that she was doing enough, constantly worried that she wasn't being a responsible mother; she would drink after the kids were in bed just to manage.

Taylor's case is not much different than countless other mothers around the world who find the stresses of life to be too much at times. They turn to drinking which ultimately develops into an addiction, often times it takes years before the problem is noticed by friends and families. Drinking often takes place while the kids are at school and the husband is at work, when they get home and see mom drinking a glass of wine they assume it is the first of the day. This behavior can go on for years before the problem is detected and an intervention takes place. It is wonderful when alcoholics don't have to take a hard road to recovery, recognizing early on that they have a problem and need help.

Stefanie Wilder-Taylor is now approaching her one year anniversary for being free from drugs and alcohol and she decided to write about what sobriety has taught her. It is clear that she is on a better path now than she was a year ago and we encourage you to read her story "If Sobriety Has Taught Me Anything".

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