34 years old. A friend. Sister. Author. Writer. Volunteer. Lover of stories and being outside. Believer in the power of hope.
I’m also an adult child of an alcoholic (a.k.a. ACoA, ACA, CoA…). I am on a healing journey to heal from the tough stuff I experienced as a result of my mother’s alcoholism.
Why I am sharing my ACoA story?
ACoAs have the odds of a good grownup life against us. I’m on a journey to heal and create an awesome grownup life.
When I started my healing journey, I went to the internet to learn from other adult children of alcoholics. I discovered thousands of very inspiring addicts in recovery sharing their stories with the world by writing books, blogging and vlogging. I found only a few ACoAs in the world sharing their healing journey online. I’ve discovered so much inspiration from speaking with fellow ACoAs at Al-Anon meetings and in random places such as while standing in line at the grocery store. I decided to share about my journey online as a way to give back to the people who’ve candidly, bravely shared their stories with me.
I’ve volunteered at recovery centers’ children’s programs and served as a pro bono PR consultant for related causes. In 2009, I discovered there were few books for kids of alcoholics. I wrote the novel I wished someone had given me as a little girl. In 2012, Easter Ann Peters’ Operation Cool was published. Since then, I’ve shared with thousands of young people about what I wished I’d known about my mom’s drinking back when I was a kid. By day, I work in corporate marketing communications. I live in small lakeside town in suburban Detroit, Michigan, USA. I’m a work in progress. I hope you are, too.
Glad you’re here.
Let’s connect. I’ve love that.
JodyMarieLamb at gmail