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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Drunk Mom: A Memoir ~ Parenting And The Disease Of Addiction

Some thoughts on becoming a new mother...

If you have ever experienced childbirth or the adoption of an infant, then there is a good possibility that you have struggled with this process. After all, you might be dealing with a prolonged labor and delivery, or even a planned or emergency Cesarean section, then there is the decision to breast-feed or not, all coupled with bringing a new baby home and trying to get everything just perfect. All new parents hope to provide the best for their new child, we want to share the baby with our family and friends, and we want to get back to some semblance of normalcy like enjoying favorite foods, perhaps sleeping more comfortably and getting into our pre-pregnancy wardrobe. But then reality sets in: You suddenly find yourself trying to do it all, but with less sleep, more daily chores and maybe even trying to figure out how to continue being a good wife to your spouse or partner and considering how you will do all of this while planning to return to a full-time career.

Many new moms often find they may start to suffer from anxiety, depression or a severe case of postpartum depression. Some may turn to drinking alcohol to calm their nerves and if the new mother is a recovering alcoholic or addict, they might relapse while trying to be the perfect mom.

Jowita Bydlowska writes Drunk Mom: A Memoir

On April 23, 2013, Jowita Bydlowska's Drunk Mom: A Memoir was published. According to Amazon's book description:

"Jowita Bydlowska's memoir of her relapse into addiction is an extraordinary achievement. The writing is raw and immediate. It places you in the moment--saddened, appalled, nerve-wracked, but never able to look away or stop turning the pages. With brutal honesty, Bydlowska takes us through the binges and blackouts, the self-deception and less successful attempts to deceive others, the humiliations and extraordinary risk-taking. She shines a light on the endless hunger of wanting just one more drink, and one more again, while dealing with motherhood, anxiety, depression--and rehab."

Jowita Bydlowska is originally from Warsaw, Poland and she immigrated to Canada when she was a teenager. She has published magazine articles and had had featured articles in the Huffington Post and Salon.com.

CBC News interviews Jowita Bydlowska

Deana Sumanac of The Canadian Broadcasting Association (CBC) published an interview with Jowita Bydlowska.

If you are having trouble viewing the video, you can see it here.

Maybe it is time to update your 2013 Summer reading list

We have often talked about books that deal with addiction and recovery. We have made suggestions on books to add to your Summer reading list.  Perhaps you know someone who would benefit from reading Drunk Mom.
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