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Episode 30: Unraveled: A Mothers Story of Addiction and Redemption with Laura Cook Boldt

podcast Nov 19, 2020

On this episode of the Fast Lane with Sara Jayne podcast, Sara Jayne talks to Laura Cook Boldt, the co-author of a book that she wrote with her son Tom called Unraveled: A Mother and Son Story of Addiction and Redemption, a mother and son story of addiction and redemption. Laura Cook Boldt discusses being the mother of four boys, writing her book with her son in such an emotional fashion, and overcoming alcoholism. 

Episode Highlights: 

  • How did she go about writing a book with her son? 
  • Laura Cook Boldt initially had fears of being sober and was all the way into alcoholism when her youngest son was 2-years-old. 
  • What were the circumstances of Laura’s car accident? 
  • When did she seek sobriety? 
  • Was her husband a drinker?  
  • Did Laura Cook Boldt have to get rid of her drinking friends when she was getting sober?  
  • Was it difficult to go through Alcoholics Anonymous? 
  • How was her family impacted by her sobriety? 
  • Is Laura Cook Boldt worried about any of her other children being alcoholics? 
  • How did the school system fail her child? 
  • The disease of alcoholism doesn’t have any boundaries.  
  • Does she struggle when she is around alcohol?  
  • What advice does Laura Cook Boldt have for anyone trying to overcome addiction?  
  • Laura shares how her Tom has been fighting off addiction.  

3 Key Points:

  1. The writing process for Unraveled was three years and Laura Cook Boldt was sober for four years when her son Tom got sober. 
  2. People tend to feel that they aren’t an alcoholic just because they feel that they are still functioning. But it is an obsession of the mind.  
  3. When you make the choice to get sober, your true friends will tend to stick with you and your drinking buddies will tend to go their own way. 

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