In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sober Mom Squad formed an alliance to offer support and connection for mothers to move forward toward recovery and sobriety.
As drinking rates began to soar, the segment of the population seeing the most dramatic increase was that of mothers in their childbearing years. Many were finding themselves in a precarious position, questioning their drinking habits, feeling ashamed, and not having any support, or anywhere to turn to for help.
“Moms started reaching out, and saying things like, ‘I’ve never questioned my drinking before,'” said Emily Lynn Paulson, founder, Northwest author, and recovery coach, “But now I’m home with the kids, and I’m not being social at all, and I always thought I was a social drinker, and now, I’m not.”
Paulson united with her sobriety community to form a collaboration with four other women, realizing the need to fill a void that seemed to exist for that population group.
Each woman is at different stages of their alcohol-free journey. They offer an array of skills and expertise from various locations across the country to bring awareness to sobriety.
Paulson was joined by Celeste Yvonne, Jen Elizabeth, Jessica Landon, and Michelle Smith. Together, they form the Sober Mom Squad, an extensive membership platform and safe place, free of derogatory jokes and wine-mom memes, to share and connect.
Through weekly host-led Zoom meetings, they’ve created a space for moms to join together and be heard, talking, sharing, and learning from one another in a judgment-free zone.
Guests are invited to share only if they want to but are not under any pressure to do so. It is perfectly fine to turn the camera off, and ease in however they feel comfortable.
There are also webinars and a variety of parenting resources for members on topics from holistic recovery, sexual health, and overcoming perfectionism, just to name a few.
All of the hosts are certified counselors, or coaches, and available for those that would like to delve even deeper into their recovery journey.
“I think it’s really important, first of all, to acknowledge that moms were already doing too much,” Paulson said. “Then the pandemic hit, and now, they’re doing twice as much, and really need support, and they need community. A safe place to ask for help and not be shamed for complaining about how difficult motherhood can be.”