If there was ever a powerful, inspirational, funny voice in the fight against addiction, Stefanie Wilder-Taylor is that voice.
You may know Stefanie from her hilarious books: Sippy Cups Are Not For Chardonnay, Naptime is the New Happy Hour, or her most recent book I'm Kind of A Big Deal: And Other Delusions of Adequacy.
Or perhaps you have seen Stefanie on the Today Show or Larry King Live or 20/20, speaking out tirelessly about women, mothers and addiction. She is a solider for breaking down the walls of stigma, isolation and denial that surround women and addiction.
Stefanie is also co-founder, along with Sweet Jane, of the Booze Free Brigade, a Yahoo chat room that has grown to almost 1,000 members in only a year and a half. The Booze Free Brigade is a safe place for women (and a few men) who are struggling with alcoholism, or who are sober and want to stay that way, to come talk openly about drinking. If you are struggling, or want to be part of an incredible community of people dedicated to helping each other, I can't recommend the Booze Free Brigade enough.
I know her as a dear friend and sober sister, a comrade-in-arms in the quest to help women who struggle with drinking know they aren't alone.
Stefanie is producing a video, one similar to Crying Out Now's one year anniversary video, and she is asking for your help.
To participate in the video, please take a picture of yourself holding a sign with a message of encouragement for women who want to get sober. Perhaps it is something told to you that was meaningful in your early recovery, or perhaps you are still struggling to get sober and it is a message that gives you hope. Here is my sign:
Email the picture to Stefanie at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do so quickly, as she will likely be producing the video in 5 days or so.
If you are concerned with anonymity, you can hold the sign up in front of your face, or write it in some other clever way.
Our voice is one of the most powerful tools we have in the fight against addiction. We use it to tell our truths, to offer comfort and support. We use our voice to break down the walls of stigma and denial.
We use it to break free.
Come be part of the fight. Email a picture to Stefanie. When her video is up, I will share a link to it here.
Thank you so much.