Getting treatment for Substance Use Disorder will put you on the path to living a substance-free life — but staying on that path is a lifelong endeavor. As in so many other areas of modern life, technology can provide direct connections between people in recovery and valuable support and information. Nowhere is this more evident than with the booming popularity of recovery podcasts.
Think of recovery-oriented podcasts as an additional layer of protection. Podcasts offer yet one more avenue for sustaining sobriety, offering a source of inspiration and real-world experiences those in recovery can relate to and benefit from. To learn more about podcasts and how they can be helpful tools in your long-term recovery, read on!
Recovery podcast recommendations
Podcasts are now the hottest trend in digital consumer behavior. People are increasingly turning to podcasts for information because they are seeking an authentic human connection — to the host, their guests, and fellow followers — rather than simply reading articles and books on a topic.
Individuals in recovery are driving the podcast medium toward phenomenal growth for this sector. People crave the human voice, human emotions and the human experience. Podcasts centered on substance use recovery provide all of these elements, and people are taking notice.
Consider giving these nine podcasts a listen (in no particular order):
- ODAAT Chat Podcast: Based on the Alcoholics Anonymous slogan, “One day at a time,” this podcast is hosted by Arlina Allen, who is currently in recovery. Her popular podcast features honest discussions about the recovery process including inspiring stories to keep you motivated.
- That Sober Guy: Host Shane Ramer has built a community through his direct approach to discussing recovery issues. He also has created a companion 90-day course for maintaining sobriety.
- The Addiction Podcast: Point of No Return: This podcast features hundreds of firsthand accounts of Substance Use Disorder, ranging from substances like opioids, cocaine, prescription drugs and heroin, and how they turned their lives around in recovery.
- The Bubble Hour: Hosted by Jean McCarthy, this podcast is devoted to allowing guests to share their own stories of recovery. The “bubble” refers to a place populated with folks who can safely share about their new life in recovery.
- The Addicted Mind Podcast: Host Duane Osterlind attended treatment at the age of 17. He’s created a highly informative podcast to help educate others about addiction and treatment options.
- Soberful: This podcast features co-hosts Veronica Valli, an addiction recovery coach and author, and Chip Somers, a psychotherapist. They also have a Facebook group and a membership program.
- This Naked Mind: Host Annie Grace is also a bestselling author of three books. Her podcast features people sharing their true stories of alcoholism and how they were able to break free.
- The Way Out Podcast: Co-hosted by Charlie and Jason, this podcast offers discussion and valuable information about SUDs, intervention, treatment, and recovery.
- Sober Speak: This podcast assists people in AA’s 12-Step Program with topics related to working the steps. Episodes tackle the challenges and highlight the successes of completing the various steps.
Many of the podcast hosts also provide active social media communities, books and blogs for additional sources of accessible support. Adding these long-term recovery podcasts to your weekly support routine gives you one more asset to utilize in your quest to sustain sobriety.
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