Mother of Omaha’s award-winning book shares her story of sobriety

A mother and writer from Omaha shares her story of sobriety in the hope that others will find clarity and peace in their lives by reflecting on their alcohol use. Leah Baez, a former newspaper columnist, is the director of communications for Douglas County. She is also the author of “A Star for Stella” which has won international awards in the book field. The 39-year-old said the book is the story of her sober journey. “We are programmed to think we should drink alcohol to unwind after a long hard day. That just isn’t the case,” she said. She said she was a binge drinker, drinking two to three times a week, and often didn’t stop drinking until I passed out. I couldn’t get off any more. I lost custody of my daughter because I was getting divorced, and I questioned my eligibility.” She began volunteering in Bethlehem in Omaha, a home for pregnant and homeless women, where she connects with women to make a clean start to the addiction. Bayes said she wants them to see that they can work their way through the struggles as she did. “You may have made a really bad mistake and failed really bad at something, but you don’t have to live there forever.” A thousand dollars, a portion of her book sales, to Bethlehem. Gina Toms, Bethlehem Family Life Director, welcomes Baez with hugs and warmth. “They hear her about her journey, and they can relate to her. They walk together. I can’t express how empowering she is that there are women who want to help others on their journey,” Toms said. “I have all this clarity and it makes sense.” “Oh my God,” she said, “you’ve wasted so much time.” While recovering, Bayes went back to college and earned her master’s degree. She said if you feel like you can’t control your drinking, tell someone you love. “I think the first step is awareness, knowing that you want to change your life, and knowing that you have to change your habits is definitely the first step,” said Bays. She also said that you may need the help of your doctor, a treatment program, or a counselor. Her book, A Star for Stella, is available at Amazon.com You can find more information about Bayes on its website.

A mother and writer from Omaha shares her story of sobriety in the hope that others will find clarity and peace in their lives by reflecting on their alcohol use.

“I feel so fortunate and so grateful to have been sober for nearly three years and to be able to share this with so many people because sobriety, for me, has pulled the curtain off my identity,” said Leah Baez.

Bayes, a former newspaper journalist, is the director of communications for Douglas County. She is also the author of “A Star for Stella” which has won international awards in the book field.

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Leah Baez

Bayes has won international book awards for her book A Star for Stella.

The 39-year-old said the book is the story of her sober journey.

“We are programmed to think we should drink alcohol to unwind after a long hard day. That just isn’t the case,” she said.

She said she was a binge drinker, drinking two to three times a week, and often did not stop drinking until she passed out.

“I was at the lowest point. I couldn’t get down any further. I lost custody of my daughter I was filing for divorce, and I questioned my eligibility.”

Bayes now fills her days with parenting, writing, speaking to recovery groups, and working out in the Cross Fit gym. She started volunteering in Bethlehem in Omaha, a home for pregnant and homeless women, where she connects with women to get off to a clean start from the addiction. She wants them to see that they can navigate their way through the struggles as she did.

“You may have made a really bad mistake and really failed at something, but you don’t have to live there forever,” said Bays.

She has donated several thousand dollars, part of her book sales, to Bethlehem.

Gina Toms, Bethlehem Family Life Director, welcomes Baez with hugs and warmth.

“They hear her about her journey, and they can relate to her. They walk together. I can’t express how powerful it is to have women who want to help others on their journey,” Toms said.

Baez credits her parents, her faith and a strong recovery group of women like her in the fitness community for keeping her sober.

“I have all this clarity and it makes sense. I’m like, ‘Wow, I wasted so much time,'” she said.

During her recovery, Bayes went back to college and earned her master’s degree.

She said if you feel like you can’t control your drinking, tell someone you love.

“I think the first step is awareness, knowing that you want to change your life, and knowing that you have to change your habits is definitely the first step,” said Bays.

She also said that you may need the help of your doctor, a treatment program, or a counselor.

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Leah Baez

“A Star for Stella: A Mother’s Journey to Overcome” by Leah Baez

Her book “A Star for Stella” is available on Amazon.

You can find more information about Bayes at her website.

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