Addicts and alcoholics are a people who love to seek out more information about the illness they have, and the solution they have found. They will soak up any literature they can get on the topic, watch movies pertaining to their interests, read news articles about current events that shape the dialogue on addiction, and listen to speaker tapes and podcasts about addiction and sobriety.
This want for more is something that is ingrained in many recovery programs and it only helps to serve a person’s recovery. We are told to seek spiritually and so many of us do, and we are lucky that in today’s modern age, we have access to so much material relating to addiction and sobriety.
When the founders of AA started this recovery movement over 80 years ago, there wasn’t a lot of information available. Meetings were scarce because the Steps hadn’t yet spread to a lot of the country, and some of the only literature available on the subject was the book Alcoholics Anonymous or for spiritual inquiries, the Bible.
Today however, we have access to so much more and with the birth and growth of the Internet, there has been a proliferation in people’s ability to not only put their message out there, but also a platform for them to spread their message. Through blogs, individuals can connect with millions of people around the world instantaneously, and through podcasts, people with a knack for radio can reach a widespread audience without having to go through traditional FCC channels and frequencies.
If podcasts are something that interest you, then this post is for you, as we are going to explore 10 addiction and sobriety podcasts that can help you in your day to day life and recovery.
What is a Podcast?
For those of you who do not know, a podcast is like a recorded radio program that you can play on your smartphone or computer. They differ from traditional recovery speaker tapes because they are not recordings of meetings, but are rather more like a radio show. Recovery podcasts have interviews with other recovering individuals, topical discussion about things relating to the recovery community, and pretty much anything else you could imagine.
Podcasts are great because you can play in the car on your way to work, or you can put them on when you’re at home. If you are feeling down about recovery you can look to them for some inspiration, or if you just want to hear about recovery in the middle day they are good for a little sobriety boost. They are available anywhere, at any time, and because of this, they help many people every day find their sober centering.
10 Addiction and Sobriety Podcasts
The following list is not in any particular order, but rather just represents 10 addiction and sobriety podcasts that you should check out if you are interested in this sort of thing.
1. The Rooms Project
While not technically a podcast, what this series does is allow individuals in recovery to share their stories to a wider audience. Jill Bauer records and photographs each participant in their daily lives in an attempt to show people that anyone can recover.
2. Since Right Now
Possibly one of the more popular recovery podcasts available, this weekly podcast consists of Chris, Jeff, and Matt, a trio that bring an interesting perspective to the recovery community. They usually have great guests, from authors, to bloggers and recovery activists on their show, and they are definitely worth a listen.
3. That Sober Guy
Shane Ramer is a musician and podcaster who hosts That Sober Guy. His site is chock-full of content for people in recovery and he always has interesting guests and features great topics on his show.
4. SHAIR Podcast
SHAIR stands for “Sharing Helps Addicts in Recovery” and that is exactly what this podcast is about. People in recovery sharing their experience, strength and hope with each other.
5. AfterParty Pod
AfterParty Podcast is part of AfterParty Magazine. It is hosted by Anna David and she consistently has interesting authors, actors, and comedians on her show to discuss recovery and addiction.
6. The Bubble Hour
The Bubble Hour consists of Ellie S., Amanda F., Catherine M., and Jean M., four women in recovery who wish to educate people on the damage that addiction can cause. Their goal is help stamp out some of the stigma attached with being an addict or alcoholic and to help those in need.
7. Recovery Elevator
Recovery Elevator podcast is part of the Recovery Elevator Website. They offer alternative views to recovery other than the 12 Steps and their podcast includes the stories of individuals who have found recovery and are attempting to remain accountable and sober.
8. Home Podcast
Home Podcast is run by Laura of I Fly At Night and Holly of Hip Sobriety, and it is a great podcast to listen to if you are looking to feel at home in the recovery community.
9. Recovery People
Recovery People is a podcast whose aim is to connect and empower recovering people, families, and recovery organizers. They feature talks and topics that are pertinent to everyone in recovery and it is definitely worth a listen.
10. Online Recovery Support Radio
Online Recovery Support Radio is hosted by Kurt Swensen, an addiction counselor who has been sober for over 30 years now. He covers a myriad of topics that concern people in recovery and offers sage advice on how to stay sober.
Hopefully one of these ten podcasts will catch your interest and will help you in your journey of recovery. Sobriety is not always easy and utilizing all of the tools at your disposal is integral if you want to continue to stay sober. With the technical advances that we have at our fingertips today, finding someone or something that you can relate to within the recovery community has become increasingly easier, and I hope that you find some comfort or laughter in these podcasts.