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Continued Education for Recovery Professionals

With the fast changing landscape of the Recovery Field, I feel it is very important to offer and receive continued education to those that are in the recovery profession.  Following in a list of available continued education that may be of interest to you.  I will continue to update this list.  If you know of […]

Free Webinar by Hazelden on Opioid Addiction

Tuesday, March 21, 2017FREE – REGISTER NOW1 p.m. CST (1 hour)   Successfully breaking the cycle of opioid addiction demands a new approach. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, deaths from prescription opioids – drugs such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone – have more than quadrupled since 1999, reaching unprecedented levels. We […]

Not Everyday is a Doris Day

Excerpt from my upcoming book: “ Not Everyday is a Doris Day” “She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails.”  ~ Elizabeth Edwards Most days, I wake up feeling happy. Nothing out of the ordinary is happening, things are no different than usual, but for some reason, I […]

Dating: A Cautionary Tale

Dating: A Cautionary Tale   All discarded lovers should be given a second chance, but with somebody else. MAE WEST   For the alcoholic/addict woman, the dos and don’ts of dating are convoluted and complex. Dating for anyone today is like a minefield, but for recovering women who already have a history of disastrous relationships, […]

Intimacy: Into Me You See

Intimacy: Into Me You See   (An excerpt from the book – A Sober Mom’s Guide to Recovery – Taking Care of Yourself to Take Care of Your Kids (Hazelden 2015)   By Rosemary O’Connor     “Fear is the great enemy of intimacy. Fear makes us run away from each other or Cling to […]

Free Webinar by Hazelden Betty Ford Center

Evolving Treatment Practices to Address the Opioid Crisis Wednesday, January 18 1 p.m. Eastern; noon Central; 11 a.m. Mountain, 10 a.m. Pacific (1 hour) There is no charge for this event. Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, with 47,055 lethal drug overdoses in 2014. Opioid addiction is driving […]

Relapse and Trigger

Relapse and Triggers We are either working on our recovery, or working on a relapse. — Author Unknown The return of an illness after a period of improvement: that’s how the Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines relapse. We can apply this definition to our addiction, which the medical field agrees is a disease. Unfortunately, when some hear […]


Hi all you sober moms out there. I don’t know about you, but staying sober AND trying to raise children is like Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride at Disneyland. Are you barely hanging on, throwing your hands up and screaming? Have no fear…Tinkerbelle is here! Yes, with my magic fairy dust I have started this blog just for you. It’s based on my new book due out next month. It’s a guide book with 26 different topics I wish I had when I was raising my kids as a sober mom. Here’s a little sneak peak from chapter 3 on Exhaustion!

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Self-Care Tools to Survive the Not-So-Merry Holidays

Self-Care Tools to Survive the Not-So-Merry Holidays Bells are ringing, chestnuts are roasting, and Santa’s on his way, and you smile to all passersby, saying “Happy holidays” when really you want to vomit up fruitcake. The holidays can be so stressful. The shopping, traffic, lines at the stores, events at work and school can turn […]