Mothers, Addiction and Recovery: Finding Meaning Through the Journey


Price: $34.95

Page Count: 320

Publication Date: July 2018

ISBN: 978-1-77258-168-3

This anthology is a collection of personal accounts and research exploring women’s experiences of mothering in the context of addiction and various approaches to treatment and recovery. Individual chapters focus on a variety of addictions during pregnancy or mothering including misuse of substances, food and smartphones. Part I focuses on women’s lived experiences of mothering through their own or their adolescents’ addiction and recovery. The chapters in part II describe various approaches to promote recovery. A central theme of the book is the meaning of women’s maternal identity as key to recovery.

“This book addresses the topic of motherhood and addiction and clearly articulates that there are many different roads to recovery. The inclusion of lived experience is important as well as the need for non punitive approaches and access to programs where both women and their infants/children my attend. This would be a valuable book for anyone considering working in the field of addictions as childbearing women will make up at least half their practice.”

-Sarah Payne, Retired, Senior Practice Leader, Perinatal Addictions, BC Women's Hospital

Wendy E. Peterson RN, PhD. is an Associate Professor at the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa. Her program of research aims to improve the quality and experience of maternal-newborn health services for marginalized women by addressing disparities in access to health services, facilitating woman-centered humanistic birth, and critically examining the role of registered nurses in interprofessional maternal-newborn health care teams. 


Laura Lynne Armstrong, Ph.D., C.Psych. is an Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychologist, and researcher at Saint Paul University. She also holds a Diplomate Clinician certification in Logotherapy from the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy. She is the founder of R.E.A.L. therapy (Rational-Emotive Attachment Logotherapy) and a resilience-based mental health promotion program for school children, called D.R.E.A.M. (Developing Resilience through Emotions, Attitudes, and Meaning). In addition to public presentations to enhance community mental health, Dr. Armstrong works clinically with children, youth, and adults.


Michelle A. Foulkes NP-PHC, PhD.  Michelle is a primary health care nurse practitioner and has worked in a variety of nursing contexts over the last 29 years. Her research and clinical interests reside in women’s mental health and addictions across the lifespan, social justice, health policy and integration of the nurse practitioner role in Canadian health care. She completed her PhD in nursing in 2015 with her thesis work focused on prenatal attachment in women with addictions.