Listen Up: Podcasts about Addiction and Recovery
Tap the info into your mobile phone, grab your earbuds and click on a program. Or boot up your computer, laptop or tablet, tune in and hit play. Perhaps do the same while traveling in your vehicle. Do what? Listen to a podcast about addiction and recovery. A podcast? Isn’t that a niche medium? That’s hardly the case according to industry statistics. Podcasthosting.org counts more than 1.9 million ongoing shows, as of April 2021. That translates to more than 47 million episodes. How many are podcasts about addiction? There’s not exact data on this but, for purposes of this post, let’s say many. In fact, there are too many to cover in this brief overview. Here are a handful of podcasts about addiction you may find interesting.
1. Busy Living Sober
“The definition of addiction is the inability to control one’s use over a substance.” Those are the words of host Elizabeth Chance in the preamble to the podcast. She knows this firsthand, having struggled with substance abuse for years before sustaining long-term recovery. “Bizzy,” her nickname and apt term, describes her pursuits and resolve “to bringing addiction out of the shadows and educating society that addiction is a disease, not who you are.”
One of those efforts is the Busy Living Sober podcast. Its mission is to: “Give ALL people an opportunity to listen, learn and live a sober lifestyle without any shame while having fun!” She posts new content every Tuesday and Thursday which, at the time of this writing, tops more than 240 episodes. Some installments are interviews; others are personal musings and lessons learned. All mirror the challenges and key aspects of addiction. Find it on iTunes, Spotify and YouTube.
2. Recovery Elevator
The clever name of this podcast is uplifting and rightly so in line with its aim. “Recovery Elevator offers hope through community and connection.” How? By “partnering sobriety seeking individuals with other like minded people.” The show’s Facebook page further explains it seeks “to give [listeners] the courage to take that last drink… and to help them successfully traverse the unchartered waters of sobriety and recovery.” It’s been doing this by way of more than 300 episodes to date. A recent one focused on the unexpected benefits of sobriety.
Others in the series covered positive relationships and co-occurring disorders; yet another explored the awkward aspects of recovery. Each zooms in on a topic of interest to help listeners “overcome difficult parts of sobriety while also making room for the good parts.” Follow Recovery Elevator to, as its tagline promotes, “Find your better you.” Catch it on Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts and iHeartRadio.
3. The Bubble Hour
Information, empathy and understanding – those are the three gifts this podcast seeks to offer. Jean McCarthy, author, blogger and host, has been sober since 2011. When she arrived at the other side of alcoholism, she vowed to break “down the walls of stigma and denial surrounding the disease of alcoholism.” The Bubble Hour “helps people identify with the stories they hear, the conversations and interviews with people who are just like they are.” It also strives to “let people know they aren’t alone.” This comes about by bringing these discussions out in the open – “Alcoholism thrives in the dark. Together, we bring light.”
As its Facebook page says, this internet talk show, dedicated to recovery from addiction and alcoholism features: “Real People. Real Stories. Real Hope.” The more than 320 episodes tackle issues galore; topics include practical advice and ideas for making positive changes. Head over to Spotify, Apple Podcasts or Blogtalkradio.com to tune in.
4. A Sober Girls Guide Podcast
Women in recovery, start here. A Sober Girls Guide is, in its own words, a “one stop shop for women in recovery. Here you will find honest conversations about mental health, self development, wellness and spirituality and how they influence your recovery journey.” One of its offerings is the weekly podcast of the same name. And all of this comes straight from the real-life saga of Jessica Jeboult, who emerged from a 10-year battle with addiction to help others fight the fight. On A Sober Girls Guide Podcast, the host shares “her experiences along the way to complete and utter sobriety.” That includes: health and fitness, relationships, dating and even sober sex. In the most recent episode, number 123, celebrity guest Eden Sassoon discusses the difficulty in sobriety of “Taming Your Inner Voice.” Receive tools, guidance and motivation by joining in on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and the PodBean app.
5. That Sober Guy
Producer and host Shane Ramer tells it like it is — engaging and to-the-point. After all, he has work to do on this show he created, which is to guide listeners along the path to recovery. “We help people stay sober… Hope you hear something that helps you – that’s the goal.” Achieving sobriety in 2013 after a 17-year odyssey with alcohol and drug addiction, he started this program within a year of reaching his own goal. Since then, he has amassed an inventory of content, which exceeds 350 episodes at the time of this writing. His guests, from all walks of life – everyday people to well-known names – share their stories and struggles with substances. That Sober Guy Podcast at times devotes episodes to fielding listeners’ questions. Follow this podcast, known also by its acronym TSG, as it endeavors to “Keep Your Blood Clean.” Find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and YouTube.
From Podcasts about Addiction to Treatment
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