Everyone deserves a safe place, to feel accepted and loved, regardless of their personal recovery choices. Some women find solace in 12 step programs and others in religion, family, etc. But what about those who don’t find comfort in any of those places? What about the woman who wants to enter recovery, but feels alone because she doesn’t believe in the 12-steps, religion, or have close family to lean on? What if her family and friends are still active or less than supportive of her choices? Doesn’t she deserve to feel safe somewhere? Shouldn’t she be entitled to support and love?We believe there is only one answer to these questions – ABSOLUTELY!!
The purpose of Sober Mommies is to provide a space where different experiences and journeys can be embraced and used as tools for learning. We understand that recovery doesn’t always include complete abstinence or 12 step work, and we celebrate any andall efforts to improve quality of life.
Julie Maida has been in recovery since May 2, 2000 and has worked in the field of addiction since 2002. She founded Sober Mommies in May of 2013; after a bout of postpartum depression made it impossible for her to keep up with her 12-step recovery routine.
She was 13 years sober then, and losing part of her tribe left her feeling lonely and isolated. Julie couldn't imagine the great number of other women who might be feeling the same way. SoberMommies.com was born, and has since connected thousands of women to a community of hope, support, and guidance.
Our mission is to support women in all stages of - and pathways to - recovery, and empower them to take control of their lives through peer-to-peer support and mentorship. We understand that recovery is not a box or one-size-fits-all solution, and believe everyone deserves the right to be supported on their journey.
Freedom from alcoholism, addiction, and substance misuse can be found many ways, and Julie and her team are committed to connecting women with the supports and resources necessary to fit their individual needs. She provides 1:1 mentoring, weekly support groups, advocacy, and community based case management, and the opportunity for women to connect. Julie works closely with the court system, DCF, and other organizations and often serves as liason between mothers and their providers to assist with effective communication and maximize opportunities for personal recovery success.
All monies raised will be used to help women overcome the barriers to begin and/or continue their journey of recovery. We will hire a team of recovery coaches along with a clinical staff to expand our reach and support more women and their children. We will also use a portion of the funds to acquire a safe space on the south shore of Massachusetts, to hold peer run groups, provide parenting classes, host 12step & NON-12step recovery support groups, and short-term childcare for job searching and continued education.
Visit the blog and read stories of recovery at sobermommies.com