Page Count: 320
Publication Date: July 2018
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