One of the most important aspects of addiction recovery is support. Whether you’re attending AA or NA meetings or looking at other avenues of recovery, these addiction podcasts offer a range of experiences, advice, and community to help aid you on your recovery journey.
1. A Sober Girl’s Guide Jessica Jeboult was a well-known DJ in the heart of Los Angeles, spinning records at some of the top clubs with the biggest names. This “rockstar” life, however, felt lackluster. She turned to alcohol to treat her depression and anxiety before finally wanting a real change. A Sober Girl’s Guide is a podcast on mental health, spirituality, and wellness in recovery. “I went through my life with a fine-tooth comb and eliminated all the bullshit my ego was doing to be cool and traded it for things that made my soul sing. Just as you have to plan for success. You also have to plan for happiness,” Jessica writes on her website. Listen on Apple Podcasts.
2. Sober Speak Sober Speak is designed to be a companion to the Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step program, though they aren’t affiliated with AA. Guests share their experiences with the program and the challenges they faced along the way. With it, they hope to share strength, experience, and hope. “Having such a podcast to help me gain knowledge truly has helped me accept that I truly am powerless over alcohol (along with the big book).” one reviewer writes. “This podcast is my meeting between meetings and so much more.” Listen on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
3. Recovery Happy Hour Podcast Like many who struggle with alcohol, Tricia Lewis was afraid that if she quit drinking she’d miss out on all life had to offer. “The fear of missing out is what keeps so many of us from ever giving it a solid chance. That fear is the biggest liar and it wasted so much of my time,” she shares. Tricia hopes her podcast will inspire you and help you navigate your relationship with alcohol, whether you consider yourself an alcoholic or not. Every episode features a different interview, sharing stories of recovery, mental health, and “the gray area of alcohol abuse.” Listen on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
4. The ODAAT Podcast Podcast host Arlina Allen knows recovery isn’t about giant changes. Rather, it’s about getting through it one day at a time. She struggled with alcohol abuse for years, damaging her career, relationships, and health before realizing things needed to change. This podcast is another series of inspirational stories like others on this list, but finding that community and seeing examples of others living a life of recovery is the kind of encouragement you just might need. Listen on Apple Podcasts.
5. The Bubble Hour Jean McCarthy hosts this alcohol addiction recovery podcast to give space for those recovering from alcohol abuse. If she sounds familiar, it’s because she’s also the author of UnPickled, the recovery blog we shared previously. McCarthy’s been sober since 2011 and uses her platform to provide healing for those in recovery as well as resources for those wanting to live alcohol-free lifestyles. Each episode of the Bubble Hour features a different story of people sharing what they fill their lives with now that alcohol is out of the equation. “The “Bubble” is what we use to stay safe and happy in sobriety (especially early sobriety). We surround ourselves with things and people who bring us joy, laughter, and comfort. What do you put in YOUR bubble?” Listen on Apple Podcasts and Blog Talk Radio.
6. The Addicted Mind Duane Osterlind, LMFT, CSAT dives into what makes brains tick when it comes to addiction. Having struggled with addiction from a young age, he’s intimately familiar with the importance of recovery and treatment. This science-focused podcast is good for those wanting to better understand addicted minds and look into the latest in treatment and recovery options. Episode guests include mindfulness experts, neuroscientists, recovery experts, and psychologists. Listen on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
7. The Addiction Podcast – The Point of No Return This one is a bit heavy but no less important. “The Point of no Return is when the individual has come to a realization that they need and want help,” the podcast shares. Each episode features a different guest sharing their experience in recovering from drug abuse and how they found the recovery they needed. Listen on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
8. That Sober Guy Shane Ramer hasn’t just created a recovery podcast – he’s created a recovery community. Listen to the podcast alongside his 90-day courses supported by others going through the same thing. Ramer’s forward and frank tone may be perfect for those looking for those who benefit from a more direct approach. His episodes on mental health for men and staying sober at functions are especially important. Listen on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
9. Saving You Is Killing Me Podcast If you’re struggling with someone you love who is addicted to alcohol or drugs, this self-care podcast is specifically built for you. Andrea Seydel certainly knows the feeling: her boyfriend was hiding a drug addiction for years before she finally found peace. Now as a life coach and author with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, she uses her book and podcast of the same name to share self-care tips and compassion to others going through the same thing. “You need to know you are not alone, and you are not going crazy! What you are going through is hard. We often put on a brave face, but secretly we are going through a private HELL full of manipulation, lies, and uncertainty,” she writes. Listen on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
10. Battling Opioids This public-media-produced podcast dives deep into Pennsylvania’s opioid abuse issue, where the state currently has the highest overdose rate. Though news-focused and mostly about the state’s unique struggles, as they state on their site, “Rural and urban, rich and poor, the opioid crisis affects all of us.” Not only are they working to shed light on Pennsylvania’s ongoing crisis, but to reduce stigma surrounding addiction and provide resources for those struggling. If you want to better understand the opioid crisis on a national level, this is a good place to start. Listen on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
11. Addiction Unlimited Angela Pugh is a recovery coach who specializes in alcoholism and addiction. Her podcast is full of tips on recovery and mental health, from relationship advice to establishing a morning routine. There are also stories from other sober individuals and expert guests to encourage you to find recovery in the way that you need. Listen on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
12. Recovery Rocks This millennial rock-music-infused recovery podcast doesn’t take itself too seriously, except for the important parts, like addiction recovery. It’s hosted by recovery advocates Lisa Smith and Tawny Lara, the former who also founded SobrieTea Party, the popular sober living blog. Topics range from recovery self-care to whether or not the 12-step program is for you.
13. From Sobriety to Recovery Jesse Mogle isn’t just another life coach- he’s in addiction recovery himself. He spent years addicted to drugs and alcohol, letting his fear of failure tie him to his destructive habits. While he’s made the step onwards sobriety, he argues it’s not an interchangeable word for recovery. “Recovery is the act of diving inward and discovering what events, thoughts, and feelings led to the actions that resulted in the addictive behavior,” he writes. This is his podcast’s mission: to help listeners better understand what got them there in the first place. Listen on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
14. Let’s Talk Addiction and Recovery Leading addiction and recovery experts come together for this interview series into the science of addiction, from treatment options, the importance of support systems, and the intersection between trauma and addiction. It’s led by author and recovery advocate William C. Moyers at the Hazeldon Betty Ford Foundation, which helps provide treatment and support for those battling addiction. Listen on Apple Podcasts.
15. Beyond Belief Sobriety If you prefer an agnostic approach to AA’s religious setting, then you’ll appreciate this secular podcast designed to help you through the 12-step program without dealing with bibles or religious undertones. Beyond Belief explores secular recovery and chats with leading experts to provide addiction recovery to those who may not subscribe to a specific religion. Listen on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
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WRITTEN BY: Melissa Boudin, PsyD
REVIEWED BY: Dena Westphalen, Pharm. D.
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