Addiction, Recovery, and Confronting the Good Mother Myth

Promo graphic for Writing Your Resilience Episode Twenty One: Writing about the Good Mother Myth with Ann Batchelder, includes photo on the left of the host Lisa Cooper Ellison a middle-aged white woman with silver curly hair wearing a blue dress, and on the left guest Ann Batchelder, a middle-aged white woman with shoulder length gray hair wearing a black sweater

About Addiction, Recovery, and Confronting the Good Mother Myth with Ann Batchelder


Author Ann Batchelder talks about her daughter’s struggle with addiction, their recovery journeys, how she confronted the good mother myth, her struggle with perfectionism, and the writing tips she learned as she was writing her memoir, Craving Spring: A Mother’s Quest, a Daughter’s Depression, and the Greek Myth that Brought Them Together



Transcript for  Addiction, Recovery, and Confronting the Good Mother Myth with Ann Batchelder

At the beginning of the year, Ann Batchelder sent me a podcast pitch I couldn’t refuse. After reading her memoir, Craving Spring: A Mother’s Quest, a Daughter’s Depression, and the Greek Myth that Brought Them Together, I was so glad I didn’t. Ann is not only a talented writer and editor, she’s a gifted speaker who’s been on many podcasts. Her work has appeared in Insider Magazine, Newsweek, Hippocampus, The Linden Review, and The Rumpus. To learn more about her many accomplishments and all the interesting things she’s up to, please see the show notes.

During this episode, Ann and I looked at addiction and recovery through multiple lenses, explored some of the common traps writers face, and examined the myths we live by—both those that bring us solace and those that get us in trouble.

Before we get to our conversation, I have a few questions for you. How much do you know about the myths your family lives by? Are there any you’d like to ditch? Is there a myth, book, or story that has served as a companion for your journey? And finally, what writing traps do you frequently fall into? I hope you’ll ponder these questions as you listen along. Now, let’s get to my interview with Ann Batchelder.

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Show Notes for Addiction, Recovery, and Confronting the Good Mother Myth with Ann Batchelder

Author Ann Batchelder talks about her daughter’s struggle with addiction, their recovery journeys, the myths she had to confront, her struggle with perfectionism, and the writing tips she learned as she was writing her memoir, Craving Spring: A Mother’s Quest, a Daughter’s Depression, and the Greek Myth that Brought Them Together

Ann’s bio: Ann Batchelder writes about women’s wisdom and the pain and beauty of difficult transitions. She is the author of Craving Spring: A Mother’s Quest, a Daughter’s Depression, and the Greek Myth that Brought Them Together. Her work has been featured in multiple podcasts and publications, including in Insider Magazine, Newsweek, Hippocampus, The Linden Review, and The Rumpus.

Ann served as Editor of Fiberarts Magazine for ten years. She was guest curator for the Asheville Art Museum where she designed and developed several major contemporary exhibitions, Acting Director of the International Studies program at Lesley University, and Director of Special Events for the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Ann has an MSW and has been practicing mindfulness since 2004. She lives with her husband in Asheville, NC.

Resources Mentioned During This Episode:

Episode Highlights

  • 5:50 Being Addicted to Someone Else’s Recovery
  • 9:00 How Mothers are Set Up For Failure
  • 11:15 How Do We Truly Help Someone Else
  • 13:27 Surprising the Reader
  • 15:00 Recovery through the Lens of Buddhism
  • 21:00 Braiding in the Greek Myth
  • 30:21 Adding in Backstory
  • 39:00 Ann’s Writing Advice

Connect with Ann: 

Connect with your host, Lisa:

Sign up for Psychology of Character Development for Memoirists: https://janefriedman.com/the-psychology-of-character-development-for-memoirists-with-lisa-cooper-ellison/

Produced by Espresso Podcast Production: https://www.espressopodcastproduction.com



About Your Host

Lisa Cooper Ellison is an author, speaker, trauma-informed writing coach, and host of the Writing Your Resilience podcast. She works and writes at the intersection of storytelling and healing, and combines her personal experiences with suicide loss and CPTSD with her clinical training to help writers turn tough experiences into art. Her essays and stories have appeared on Risk! and in The New York TimesHuffPostHippocampus Literary Magazine, and Kenyon Review Online, among others


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