Dry January might have been and gone, but for those of you who are serious about changing your drinking, the work continues. If you’re trying to drink less, take a break or quit for good, then you need to surround yourself with as much support as you can get.
Blogs are a great resource (of course!) but there is another good way to get information and inspiration.
We live in a boozy world where drinking is cool, sobriety is considered boring and getting wasted is how most people cope with life. Sometimes you need to – literally – drown that noise out. Podcasts are a brilliant way of doing just that, whilst squeezing in a regular dose of motivation at the same time.
So what can you listen to? Here are my suggestions – but I’m sure I’m missing lots. Please let me know what your favourite podcasts are in the comments.
I’ve been listening to this for years. Hosts Ellie, Amanda, Catherine and Jean have managed to create a wonderful, cosy podcast based around the simple idea of sober women having a bit of a chat. They cover all the important topics, but it’s done in a friendly, approachable way. All types are catered for here; there’s no pressure to pursue a particular type of recovery and it’s perfect for anyone who is thinking about stopping drinking.
If you ever needed proof that you can be sober and live life to the full, then this is it. The After Party Pod is funny, smart and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Hosted by Anna David, the podcast features candid conversations with sober celebrities like Moby, Kristen Johnston and Dr Drew.
Ok, so strictly speaking this isn’t a recovery podcast. It’s about how other people keep themselves moving in the right direction – how they feed their good wolf. Eric Zimmer and Chris Forbes interview a wide range of people from health coaches, to writers, speakers and many others. And funnily enough, the topic of addiction comes up quite a lot…
I think this is such a smart name for a podcast. Laura McKowen and Holly Whitaker discuss “the big questions of life through the lens of addiction recovery.” I love the name of this podcast – it reflects it’s warm, comforting nature. They’ve covered all kinds of topics and secured some great guests, including Sarah Hepola, Annie Grace and Ann Dowsett Johnston.
Shair stands for ‘Sharing Helps Addicts in Recovery’. This podcast tends to approach things from a 12 step perspective, so it won’t be to everyone’s taste. However, I find I can still get a lot out of hearing other people’s stories, no matter what their path to sobriety was. Every guest is asked more or less the same questions, so you know exactly what to expect. There are some very inspiring stories here.
What have I missed?
If you’ve got a favourite podcast that you think others would love, please share it in the comments!