I don’t know any of these people, but they keep me sober. This is a great time in history to be sober — we have all these wonderful resources. Sometimes when you aren’t face-to-face, you can say things that you otherwise couldn’t. That’s why I love my invisible sober friends. They strengthen my sobriety every day.
Name: The Bubble Hour
The details: This is my personal favorite of the sobriety podcasts, because it’s geared towards women, and it doesn’t push any one particular practice of recovery. While I have had good luck with 12 steps, I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. These ladies focus on themes for the episodes, which are generally about an hour. I listen to them when I am doing errands, walking around, doing dishes etc.
The details: This one is fun. It used to be called “The Afterparty” and it fit well. She talks with people mainly in the entertainment industry about their thoughts on addiction. Sometimes the intros can take awhile, but it’s worth it once it gets going. Her episode with Moby is unmissable
If you didn’t read this in secret while you were considering getting sober, grab it now. It’s amazing.
An amazing analysis on how alcohol affects women differently. Really interesting analysis on how alcohol is marketed to women and the effect that has had. That said, a couple of the stories can be a little hard to read as a mom.
Go ahead and make up an anonymous handle just for recovery stuff. Search out hashtags like #xa #recovery #sobriety etc. You can find a good community on there pretty quickly. I always said I’d NEVER be on there and I am eating my words.
This one can be iffy. Personally, I belong to a private group for sober moms which is set up as a secret board, so it won’t notify all your friends that you joined it etc. If you can’t find any, start your own! Be careful about liking/posting to public boards if you care about your anonymity. But I put this on here because this particular group has been a lifeline to me.
Recovery Websites and Apps
This is an app that contains a sober social network. Just like you can on Twitter, you can get a quick response here when you need one. While seemingly more for people newer to sobriety, sometimes that can be a good thing. Especially if you are too busy to sponsor, just show up on there for five minutes. Provide some experience, strength, and hope to someone who is just trying to get through their first few days. It feels good.
I have such a blog crush on Hip Sobriety. It’s brainy and brilliant. It’s a modern take on women’s sobriety, feminism, culture… I only wish it had comments enabled so I could fawn over every post.
The personal musings of the host of the bubble hour. Always good writing on sobriety and life.
There’s a reason this site consistently ranks as one of the best recovery blogs out there. She is funny and wise. I wish she didn’t live on the other side of the world so we could be real-life friends and hang out at each others’ houses. You can read her first year of sobriety month by month, as it’s conveniently sectioned out at the top. She also has a new book out which I can’t wait to read.
I will continue to add more here as I find them.
Got a favorite sobriety blog? Podcast? Book? Tell me in the comments!