Addiction recovery and family social situations

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When I had four years clean, my sister joined me in the rooms of recovery and it was a wonderful addition to my life. She invented this fabulous thing called a mocktail. So whenever we were at family events and parties, we would make tall, fizzy, beautiful cranberry juice, seltzer, and lime drinks, put a straw in it and it was this festive, wonderful drink. So we've carried that tradition on in my family. So whenever we have parties, whenever we're out, we have a festive drink. When it's a holiday, we have sparkling cider. So there's always something fabulous to celebrate with, there's something special, there's a drink that we celebrate with that makes it a special occasion. My children don't ever think we're different. They just think that, much the same way I don't drink soda, I don't drink beer. So for us, it's not different; it's just the way our family is. We have a special drink, somebody else has a different special drink, and we all get to celebrate together.

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Connor Barnas is blessed and busy, living life with her husband Ethan and two children, Magdalena June, eight, and Augustus Wolfe, six in the midst of finding the sacred in the mundane and allowing space for serenity. After being given the gift of desperation, Connor began her life of recovery and discovery within the 12 Step paradigms in 1995. In 2002 she graduated from the University of New Mexico with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art and married the love of her life, Ethan; moved to a beautiful, dusty, desert town; and began her journey as a wife and mother.  

In 2003, Connor co-founded an Attachment Parenting group, and became a leader shortly after.  Connor has been involved in the Attachment Parenting community as a leader and a resource, and was honored as a featured volunteer during Volunteer Recognition Week, April 2011 by Attachment Parenting International. 

After relocating and settling in Jacksonville, Florida, to be close to her family of origin, Connor founded HAP East, a local homeschooling group whose focus and mission is to create community and continuity of relationship for homeschooling/attachment parenting families. 

Connor joyfully shares her experience, strength and hope with families and friends in the recovery, homeschool, and AP communities; she combines the spiritual principles of the 12 steps with the practical and compassionate parenting strategies of API to inform her path and growth as a woman, mother, wife, and active member of her world. 

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