One of the things that I love about listening to sobriety-recovery podcasts, is the quality of people out there in the world who struggled with their alcohol demons, won big time, and are living joyfully sober. The people you meet in recovery circles are some of the most healthy, vibrant, creative, sensitive, wise, authentic, and radically alive folks on the planet. These are some of my favorite voices in the alcohol-free movement.
(You’ll find interviews from our BOOM community members at the end of this post)
Belle, the author of the blog Tired of Thinking About Drinking, offers One Minute Messages that are priceless. I will never forget in my first week sober, on a particularly edgy day, Belle’s soothing voice reaching out to me from those quick recorded messages saying :
” Sobriety is like clean shaven Legs under Line Dried Sheets”
Thank You Belle!
Blog Radio – The Bubble Hour
I don’t think there is a Bubble Hour I’ve listened to that I don’t like. You can find these interviews with Jean, who is the author of the essential blog Unpickled , on several different formats. Jean hosts the interviews from Blog Talk Radio but the show can also be listened to on Apple Podcasts and PlayerFM.
I recently had a chance to be interviewed by Jean for the Bubble Hour and you can hear that show here .
Below are two episodes of the Bubble Hour from the early days of the shows archive. Both were done when the show was a group interview and the stability of the sound quality is not as good as the newer shows. But both of these shows helped me tremendously in my first weeks sober. Both were key to getting me through that day at the time.
Don’t let the title of this show from the early archives of the Bubble Hour mislead you. Although the topic is peri-menopause it is an interesting listen for men and women both. Alcohol and Hormones: Menopause, Peri-Menopause and Recovery Alcohol messes with our hormones and it’s important to understand how, but more importantly, this episode explains the origins of the title of the Bubble Hour and does a terrific job of addressing the need to build a bubble or cocoon in early sobriety.
And this episode on how heavy drinking can effect our relationships with our partners and the different possibilities of how sobriety may effect your marriage or relationship, really spoke to me.
If you need some extra support today- I cannot recommend the Bubble Hour highly enough.
Arlina’s story of recovery is amazing. I love listening to her. She is relatively new to podcasting starting in January 2017 so the library of episodes is pretty small. I plan on listening to all of them. She digs deep and really gets her guests to open up and share and the focus is on recovery and hopefulness and learning. Her voice is calm and soothing. She is obviously intelligent and knows what she is talking about. And her compassion really comes through connecting to her guests.
Check out just a few of the inspirational voices you can find in cyberspace talking about sobriety and recovery:
My favorite three fellows in the field are Chris, Matt, and Jeff of the SINCE RIGHT NOW podcast, they make me laugh out loud many times over every single episode plus their archives are loaded with great guests. (Join me in the Chat Room for the live broadcast of their podcast on Wednesday evenings.)
I’m very fond of the HOME podcast archives with Holly Whitaker and Laura McKowen. Expect some graphic girl talk when it’s just those ladies AND tons of great guests along the way.
Laura McKowen, the author of a recently published book, We are the Luckiest, also co-hosted the Spiritualish podcast with Meadow DeVor. Two ladies sharing their friendship as they talk about sobriety, anxiety, relationships, happiness …. some swearing but hey, welcome to my brain.
Veronica Valli has an amazing podcast called SOBERFUL that offers compassionate and wise advice.
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Annie Grace of This Naked Mind, has a fantastic library on YouTube from her This Naked Mind collection.
As does Lee Davey with his Alcohol and Addiction Podcasts
And if you get tired of hearing about sobriety or want a little wider net of inspiration, Sam Lamotte (author Ann Lamotte’s son) has world-class interviews with thought leaders on his HOW TO HUMAN podcast including people like Brene Brown, and Byron Katie, and Geneen Roth, to name a few. Sam has been down the road with addiction so those topics come up often but his podcast is very much intended to support a healthy, creative, compassionate life.
The comedian and actor Marc Maron has a highly entertaining podcast called WTF, and of course, it stands for just that. You can expect guest interviews with actors, directors, authors, other comics, you name it. Marc is a long-time “out there” sober guy and again, many of his guests talk about those struggles but also just their personal histories and personal struggles.
Another super fun podcast, just for FUN, is SYSK or Stuff You Should Know. Geeks will love this because these two guys research the hell out of strange topics and give you the goods in a most entertaining way. Their show is so popular they take it on tour, great listening.
Oprah has her Supersoul Sunday stuff in podcast form, there are just so many great ways to support your sobriety and feed your soul and get a good laugh, learn something, and get out of your own head.
Being a huge fan of self-love, self-acceptance, and self-care, instead of constantly focusing on character defects or taking self-inventories, I loved this talk by Tara Brach on what drives us to reach for substances and/or behaviors that “make us feel better” OR that we just perceive as making us feel better temporarily.
So the next time someone wants to know why I’m not drinking, I can try out this response: “I’m focusing on everything that brings me closer to my star and getting rid of everything that pulls me further away, and alcohol was the first thing on that second list.” Wonder what expression will be on the face of the person who asked.
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