Hope Andersen is a published poet, memoirist, and novelist who got sober in 1981 through a 12-step program. In her first few years of recovery from her alcohol addiction, she started focusing on other addictions (food addiction and addiction to men). She experienced manic depression after having children and experiencing trauma with the death of her mother and father, had a suicide attempt, and learned that she had bipolar disorder--yet she remained sober and got the help she needed with proper treatment and medication. After losing her sense of self, she turned to her Higher Power for guidance and was called to write. She has since written six books and numerous screenplays.
We discussed the similarities of recovering from both alcoholism and bipolar disorder. Self care, living in a routine, and learning to trust yourself are vital components to any kind of recovery. Hope shares of her first spiritual awakening in her 20s when she desperately reached out to her Higher Power for help, and she shares that she continues to have spiritual awakenings every day--which are about growing, changing, and becoming the "you" you want to be. We also discussed the importance of meditation to find that spiritual connection in sobriety.
You can find Hope on Facebook on her personal page, or her author page: Hope Anderson - Author.
Check out her six books on Amazon:
When the Moon Winks
Where the Wind Blows
How to Remodel a Life
Postcards from a Loving God
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Oh, and by the way, if you didn’t know, my program Sober Freedom Transformation is now open! It is for women who have been sober for a year to many and are ready to discover who they want to be in long term sobreity, develop confidence and improve their relationships.
If you aren't part of the Confident Sober Women Facebook group, it's a great place to be. There are over a thousand other sober women there building lives they don't want to escape from. Come on over and join us.
And if you haven't read my memoir, grab a copy today and maybe a second one for a friend. There is so much hope in recovery, and I shared my story so raw and vulnerably so that others would know they aren't alone and that there is a way to live well, manage relationships, parent your kids, and have a healthy body, all while staying sober. Grab a copy of Recovering in Recovery: The Life-Changing Joy of Sobriety wherever books are sold.