Powerful Women in AA: Personal Stories of Recovery

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I HAVE BEEN AWARE OF A DIFFERENT KIND OF WOMAN IN A.A. YEARS AGO, INFORMATION ABOUT AN ALCOHOLIC WOMAN, WERE VERY DISMAL. WORDS SUCH AS: "DEVIANT BEHAVIOR." THOSE ARE HARDLY WORDS THAT WOULD MAKE A WOMAN WANT TO GET SOBER. LABELS LIKE THAT ARE FRIGHTENING AND ARE FILLED WITH SHAME. I HAVE THOUGHT FOR TOO LONG WE NEED A BETTER AND TRUER IMAGE OF WHAT WE PERCEIVE AS A WOMAN ALCOHOLIC. THAT IS WHEN I THOUGHT OF THIS BOOK. IT IS A WAY TO GET AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE SOBER WOMEN AND THEIR STORIES. THANKFULLY THEY ARE WILLING TO SHARE THEM WITH YOU. THEY DO THIS IN THE HOPE OF HELPING SOMEONE OUT THERE WHO IS STILL SUFFERING WITH ADDICTIONS, THAT THEY THEMSELVES, ARE FAMILIAR WITH. THESE STORIES WILL GIVE A NEW PERSPECTIVE OF WHAT A RECOVERING WOMAN LOOKS LIKE. SOBER WOMEN ARE POWERFUL IN, HOME LIFE, BUSINESS, POLITICS, COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, ETC. I FIND AN INTELLIGENT, TALENTED, CARING. POWERFUL GROUP OF WOMEN, IN THE AA PROGRAM. COURAGEOUS ALSO, (EVIDENT IN THE FOLLOWING STORIES). YOU MAY BE AMAZED AT THE OBSTACLES IN THEIR LIVES, BEFORE AND AFTER SOBRIETY. BY THE GRACE OF GOD AND THE THE AA PROGRAM THEY HAVE FOUND A NEW DIMENSION
 

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ALBERTA SCHOEN CADC, MS. - COUNSELOR AND ADMINISTRATIVE HEAD, FOR SEVERAL HOSPITALS. THIS WAS OVER A TWENTY YEAR PERIOD. AMONG THEM WERE: NORTHWESTERN HOSPITAL, - COUNSELOR EVANSTON HOSPITAL, Exec HEAD COUNSELOR LUTHERAN GENERAL, PARKSIDE, "NEXT STEP PROGRAM". COUNSELING AND GROUPS - TEENS AND PARENTS. MY INTEREST IN THE FIELD OF: ADDICTION, STEMS FROM FAMILY PROBLEMS WITH THE DISEASE. THANKFULLy, MOST ARE IN RECOVERY NOW. I RESIDE IN THE MIDWEST, HAVE TWO SONS AND SIX GRANDCHILDREN. CAREERS; COUNSELING INTERIOR DESIGNER BED AND BREAKFAST OWNER," FOR SIX YEARS". I LOVE TO SPEND TIME WITH GOD, FAMILY, FRIENDS READING, SWIMMING, WALKING

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