Addiction recovery and parental stress

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Addiction recovery and parental stress

I had ten years clean when I had my son, my second child. And for the first time in my life I felt the foundation of my recovery rocked. I was alone, I felt isolated, I had a newborn, I had a toddler, I couldn't make meetings. What am I gonna do? I reached out to other women. I do what the program has taught me to do. I made the phone calls. I said to another woman, "Hey, you have two children. How did you do it? You stayed clean. What did you do?" She shared with me her experience, strength and hope. She came to my house, she made me coffee, we had a conversation. That was the most important thing I could do for my recovery is to reach out and figure out how other women had done it. Because in recovery, I don't have to do this alone; we do this 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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