Recovery, like most topics these days, is extremely online. Due to 2020 upending all of our lives with the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve had to seek out recovery options online and, thankfully, there are more online meetings than ever. But when we can’t meet IRL and you need more than just online meeting options, podcasts are here for you. With a podcast, you can find a way to relate, get advice, and feel a sense of community and camaraderie just when we all need it most.
In my former binge drinking, party girl phase, I assumed sober people were boring AF. These podcasts prove that I was wrong. My misconceptions came from the fact that I had little to no experience with sober people, so I relied heavily on tired tropes portrayed in film and TV. If I heard podcasts like these from people living proud, out loud, sober lives, maybe I would have stopped drinking sooner.
The following list consists of sobriety-themed podcasts that are hosted by relatable people that are, well, cool! These hosts make sober life seem manageable — and dare I say, fun. The following shows also discuss the not-so-fun aspects of sobriety like relapse, loneliness, and mental illness. These nuanced conversations prove that sobriety is nonlinear. No two stories are alike, but we are all on shockingly similar paths. Together, with guidance from these 50 podcasts (the first 21 of which are women-led podcasts), we can approach recovery one day at a time.
Jes Valentine and Kate Zander are two tattooed NYC-based BFFs who ditched booze and became outspoken advocates for the benefits of sobriety. They even have a relatable approach to discussing the not-so-fun aspects of sobriety. Their tagline, Hangovers Suck! is a memorable way to end each episode.
P.S. We love this podcast so much that we’ve featured Valentine and Zander on Saturday Scaries!
Recommended episode: “Episode 99: Codependency”
Annie Grace does so much for the recovery community. She’s written three books, holds frequent sober month challenges, and hosts this podcast. In the 300-plus episodes of the show, Grace offers valuable insight on how to stay sober. Some of the episodes discuss alcohol withdrawals, the link between drinking and binge eating, how to deal with loneliness, and more.
Recommended episode: “Episode 284: How to Support a Sober Spouse”
Shameless plug. Recovery Rocks is the podcast that I co-host with my friend/mentor, Lisa Smith, where we talk about all things recovery and rock ‘n roll. We each got sober in different ways (Lisa’s a proud 12-stepper whereas I stumbled into sober life as a social experiment through blogging), yet these differences bring us together more than drive us apart. Our varied paths show listeners that there are myriad paths to recovery and countless songs to rock out to along the way.
Recommended episode: “Recovery and the Health Care System”
Another fun BFF podcast on this list comes from Aidan Donnelley Rowley and Jolene Park. This podcast is unique in that they frequently address Grey Area Drinking. (Check out Jolene’s viral TED Talk!) They also discuss the ongoing edits (read: changes) that they are making in their own lives as they navigate sobriety.
Recommended episode: “Episode 34: Grey Area Drinking”
Jean M. is a sober woman who started The Bubble Hour podcast to break down the stigma and denial associated with alcohol use disorder. In more than 200+ episodes, she invites guests to discuss the various areas of sobriety and recovery that affect all of us today. If alcoholism thrives in the dark, podcasts like this shine a bright light that removes shame.
Recommended episode: “Chekesha Kay Ellis”
If alcoholism thrives in the dark, podcasts like this shine a bright light that removes shame.
Like an elevator, recovery has its ups and downs. Another popular recovery podcast that has upward of 300 episodes is Recovery Elevator. In this one, each episode focuses on a particular aspect of recovery. Recovery Elevator emphasizes overcoming difficult parts of sobriety while also making room for the useful tips to help with daily life.
For instance, a recent episode talks about the “joy of missing out” and how that can be one of the most potent recovery forces. Other highlights include the mindset of sobriety, the calories of alcohol, and how “normal” drinkers view addiction.
Recommended episode: “Episode 295: Perfectionism Sucks”
Creativity queens, Sondra Primeaux and Tammi Salas, host this weekly show that explores the intersection of creativity and sobriety. Their motto is: “When an addiction is removed, there is a void that is left.” In each episode, they interview someone in recovery about their sober journey and creative pursuits. If you’re looking for some artistic inspiration or just a great conversation, this is the podcast for you.
Recommended episode: “Episode 184: Anger Management”
This podcast is ideal for women committed to both their sobriety and their kids — and the constant juggling required to manage both. Although the show isn’t currently releasing new episodes, the archives provide evergreen content for mothers in recovery. “I finally woke up to my life after the birth of my first child and have been #mommingsober ever since,” says podcast host, Annika.
Recommended episode: “Episode 17: Help a Mother Out”
Jessica is a former party girl who still knows how to have fun in LA. She traded in the lifestyle of traveling the world as a DJ to now prioritizing self-care in sobriety. She speaks candidly about the depression and anxiety from those days and how she deals with those feelings now. Jessica also offers one-on-one coaching and cool Sober Girls swag.
Recommended episode: “Kristin Walker: Sober Brown Girls Club”
It’s common to have a fear of missing out when first entering recovery. It may seem as if everyone you know is out to a virtual happy hour and you’re stuck rewatching Insecure, alone. Tricia has changed that for us! Each episode of her podcast allows you to be the fly on the wall while she and her guest catch up for a booze-free happier hour. Conversations range from sober dating to meeting new people to sober author interviews and so much more.
Recommended episode: “Episode 97: Racism and Recovery with Chris Marshall”
Each episode of her podcast allows you to be the fly on the wall while she and her guest catch up for a booze-free happier hour.
Rachel Hart is a life coach who hosts the Take a Break From Drinking podcast where new episodes drop every Tuesday. “I didn’t feel like a normal drinker, but I also wasn’t an alcoholic,” says Hart. Her powerful interviews range from mastering the urge to drink, drinking, and the emotional tunnel vision, how drinking prevents you from creating a future, and more.
Recommended episode: “Abstinence vs. Moderation”
12. Home Podcast
Before sobriety was trendy. Before sober curious was a common phrase. Before seemingly everyone had a recovery podcast. There was Home, co-hosted by Tempest and The Temper founder Holly Whitaker and Laura McKowen. From 2015 until 2018, these powerhouse women had public, uncomfortable conversations that most other folks wouldn’t even let themselves think about. We can now see that Home was the building block for Holly’s and Laura’s individual stories. They’re now both published authors who continue to share their truth while amplifying marginalized voices in the digital recovery space.
Recommended episode: “Episode 49: LGBTQ+, Addiction, and the Hard Conversations”
Disclosure: Tempest is the parent company of The Temper.
Remember Laura McKowen from the podcast HOME? She’s co-hosting yet again — this time with Meadow DeVor. Spiritualish is a podcast that discusses everything from the benefits of nature to the cons of being likable to why boundaries are important. You can also join Laura for a little TLC (The Luckiest Club) for online support groups!
Recommended episode: “Episode 67: Getting Pissed Off at God”
14. She Recovers
She Recovers does it all, y’all! They’re a non-profit. They host events. They provide coaching. They teach yoga. And of course, they have a podcast! As they say on the website, “we are all recovering from something.” This podcast discusses different types of recovery in a nuanced way. It’s a must-listen for a proper dose of inspiration. Fun fact: A mother/daughter duo founded She Recovers!
Recommended episode: “Episode 46: Healing Racism in Recovery with Shari Hampton”
15. Sober Curious
The term Sober Curious was a game-changer for folks interested in changing their relationship to alcohol. It brought more people into the sober-verse while increasing awareness of the fact that society simply drinks too much. This podcast was born after the term Sober Curious became a household term thanks to Ruby Warrington’s eponymous book. Ruby’s approachable, conversational style makes complicated topics easy on the ears.
Recommended episode: “Intoxicated Masculinity with Mishka Shubaly”
Ruby’s approachable, conversational style makes complicated topics easy on the ears.
Another BFF podcast, but with a twist.. .they met each other as preteens, partied together for 30 years, then experimented with sobriety together. This podcast gives them a playground to explore the sober world while interviewing interesting folks across the pond. Fun fact: Both hosts have British accents!
Recommended episode: “Episode 24: Lee AKA The Gay Sober”
This show’s a little different in that it’s co-hosted by a man (Chip Somers) and a woman (Veronica Valli). Chip is a psychotherapist with 30+ years of experience, while Veronica is a recovery coach and author of ‘Why You Drink and How to Stop.’ These different life perspectives provide fascinating discourse on all things sobriety.
Recommended episode: “Episode 110: Overcoming Childhood Issues”
In a world full of “mommy needs her wine” memes, Sober as a Mother podcast serves as a much-needed antidote. Host Alyson Premo, the founder of Sober Mom Tribe and the Sober Mom Coach, candidly discusses sober parenting’s reality. Her interviews with moms, as well as daughters, provide nuance to these difficult conversations.
Recommended episode: “Love and Sex Addiction with Brianne Davis”
Hosted by recovery coach Angela Pugh, this podcast is here to offer you a fresh perspective on living sober with the support you need. “Being an alcoholic was the best thing that ever happened to me because recovery made me grow up,” says Angela. She knows what it feels like when drinking is taking over your life and destroying everything, which is why she is here to help you get the sober life you want.
Recommended episode: “Cults, Trauma, and Addiction with Jen Elizabeth”
20. Love Sober
Want a podcast that doesn’t just focus on addiction, relapse, and recovery? Well, you’re in luck! Hosts Kate and Mandy bring you a podcast that is a mix of handy tips, personal experience, and interviews with special guests. They speak openly about their past buying into “wine o’clock” and how it impacted them as women and as parents. They now happily “put down the Pinot” to ask themselves questions about how they feel and what they need.
Recommended episode: “Reconnecting With Ourselves”
They speak openly about their past buying into “wine o’clock” and how it impacted them as women and as parents.
I’m one of those people who joins a book club, then usually fails to read the book. And when I read the book, I’m sometimes afraid to say how I feel about said book. So this podcast is my dream come true! It’s a way to participate in a book club without the added pressure of feeling like I need to contribute. If you do want to discuss the book with them, you can do it in the comments of their Instagram — brilliant! This podcast is hosted by two former journalism colleagues (and bar buddies), Shelley Mann Hite and Jackie Mantey, who discuss books about sobriety, self-growth, or surviving. Head to their website to see what book is up next.
Recommended episode: “Episode 29: A Piece of Cake”
This podcast breaks the mold of the others on this list since it follows a fictional, narrative arc. It’s like a dark sitcom for your ears. Join Anita Drake (read: I need a drink) as she navigates her first 90 days of sobriety in New York City. The show opens with an oh-so-relatable “I’m never drinking again” moment; then we follow Anita for some more cringe-worthy scenes before she finally decides to go to a meeting. This show will make you laugh, cry, and wish you could give Anita a socially distanced hug. Fun facts: You can read along with the transcriptions of each episode and each episode features music from sober musicians!
Recommended episode: “The Pilot: I Died On My One Night Stand and Went to HeAAven”
23. Sober Sessions
New Jersey-based Connie McMillan is the official Queen of Sobriety! She even wrote the book about it, Alcohol Fiend to Sobriety Queen. Her podcast, Sober Sessions, is a space for her and her guests to discuss faith and sobriety. Connie also hosts support groups and has an official NA drink!
Recommended episode: “Episode 32: Living 40, 50, and Beyond.”
24. Armchair Expert
I wouldn’t typically put a famous podcast on this list, but Armchair Expert deserves it. Sure, each episode isn’t about sobriety, but the ones that are are poignant AF. Host and mega-celeb Dax Shepard (aka Mr. Kristen Bell) interviews some of the biggest names about some of the most challenging topics. Make sure to check out “Day 7,” where he candidly speaks about his relapse on opioids after 16 years of sobriety.
Recommended episode: “Day 7”
Dopey began as a recovery comedy podcast hosted by Dave and Chris. Chris tragically passed away from an overdose in 2018, and Dave triumphantly kept the show going. With more than 250 episodes, Dopey covers all things recovery-related. Be sure to check out the shop and blog, too!
Recommended episode: “Episode 204: Margaret Cho-Molly, Relapse, and Mushrooms”
Make sure to check out “Day 7,” where he candidly speaks about his relapse on opioids after 16 years of sobriety.
26. Coming Clean
Host Peter Estevez was born in Mexico City, and emigrated to the USA at ten years old. In addition to working in the oil and gas sector, he hosts a recovery podcast! Peter’s goal is to “advocate for the mental health community while bringing people together across the globe.” Fun fact: He’s also writing a book!
Recommended episode: “Episode 32: Brian Cuban-The Addicted Lawyer”
Ashley Loeb Blassingame hosts Courage to Change, put on by the folks at Lion Rock Recovery. They also host a podcast book club every Wednesday! Fun fact: Lion Rock Recovery has a coffee line where 100% of the profits go toward substance abuse treatment.
Recommended episode: “Compulsive Shopping and Codependency”
You know Amy Dresner, the queen who wrote My Fair Junkie? Now, she co-hosts Rehab Confidential with Joe Schrank, clinical social worker and founder of The Fix. The duo brings you a “unique and irreverent view on the world of addiction, recovery, and rehab.” They chat with an interventionist, a former bank robber, comedians, and everyone in between.
Recommended episode: “Emmy Olea, A Transgender Woman in Longterm Recovery”
29. Last Day
Last Day has two hosts: Stephanie Wittels Wachs, sister of the late comedian, Harris Wittels, who died of a heroin overdose at age 30. Producer Jessica Cordova Kramer also lost her brother to an overdose at 34. Together, Wachs and Cordova join forces to provide a unique podcast told through first-person storytelling and insight from trusted experts. Season one explores the opioid epidemic, while season 2 discusses suicide.
Recommended Episode: “Is Suicide Contagious?”
30. In Recovery
Host Dr. Nzinga Harrison has a pragmatic view on recovery: Seeking help for addiction shouldn’t be any different than seeking help for a heart attack or a physical injury. Harrison is a physician board-certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine who believes in a comprehensive, compassionate approach to treating addiction. My favorite quote from Harrison, “it’s time to shift our thinking away from 28 days and onto recovery for life.”
Recommended Episode: “Why is Latinx Mental Health So Ignored?”
My favorite quote from Harrison, “it’s time to shift our thinking away from 28 days and onto recovery for life.”
31. AA Beyond Belief
This show provides AA guidance… with nuance! Hosted by John S., each episode features “personal stories of agnostics, atheists, and freethinkers who have found a secular path to sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous.” John discusses the 12 Steps from a secular perspective, interviews authors of secular recovery books, and reports on events within the secular AA community. This show provides support for folks who love the AA program but struggle with, ya know, the God stuff.
Recommended Episode: “Episode 177: Atheists in Recovery”
32. That Sober Guy
California-based producer, Shane Ramer, battled a 17-year drug and alcohol addiction, finally seeking treatment in 2013. Less than a year later, he started this podcast to share his recovery story and allow other people to share theirs. Fun fact: Shane also offers an online course to help you through your first 90 days.
Recommended Episode: “Episode 309: Sugar Addiction”
Clinical Counselor and author Lynn Matti hosts this mental health podcast. Matti holds space for helpful discussions and tips for healing from stress, addiction, codependency, overwork, relationship problems, perfectionism, and more. Her professional and personal wisdom come from evidenced-based therapy, along with new and time tested tools. Her mission is to “help others choose, moderation, abstinence, sobriety or recovery from busyness, overuse or addiction to alcohol, other substances or unhealthy behaviors.”
Recommended Episode: “How to Make Winter Not Totally Suck”
In a sea of recovery podcasts hosted by straight white women, Getting Your Shi*t Together is a breath of fresh air. Join Cynthia, a queer Black Brooklynite, as she talks about sober life. The show’s relatable thesis is aimed at people who missed the memo of getting their shit together in their 20’s. I’m in my 30’s and still trying to figure life out, so shout to Cynthia for creating a space like this!
Recommended Episode: “Safety in Recovery in Non-Diverse Spaces”
35. Let’s Talk Drugs
This podcast takes an in-depth look at drugs and substance abuse in an accurate, digestible way. Let’s Talk Drugs uses simple language to articulate complex processes, making up-to-date research accessible to everyone. Topics range from compromised consent to how D.A.R.E. failed us.
Recommended Episode: “War and Drugs – Veteran’s Battles”
The show’s relatable thesis is aimed at people who missed the memo of getting their shit together in their 20’s.
This podcast is for the folks who’ve leaned into creativity (or want to feel inspired to!) in their sobriety. Business coach and serial entrepreneur Andrew Lassise hosts. Lassise views this podcast as “a bout of necessity for like-minded people trying to maintain sobriety while achieving more in their lives, whether it be personal, in business or spiritual.” Each episode discusses the ups and downs of the guest’s lives, including how they achieved success since getting sober.
Recommended Episode: “Russ Perry – The Sober Entrepreneur”
OK, this one’s a little different in that it focuses on gambling addiction. Co-hosted by Brian, Jeff, and Chris, this show holds space for anyone who’s struggled with gambling. Their guests range from fellow addicts in recovery to outspoken members of committees who are passionate about raising awareness of gambling addiction in their local communities. I promise you’ve never heard a podcast like this one!
Recommended Episode: “Complacency in Recovery”
Loving someone who suffers from substance use disorder can come with its own set of struggles. This podcast offers encouragement to those who feel powerless over their loved one’s powerlessness. Each episode proves that “You don’t need to wait for your loved one to get better to start to feel joy, happiness, and love.”
Recommended Episode: “When You’re Embarrassed by Their Behavior”
It’s common for sober folks to learn about their secondary addictions to love, sex, porn, and more. That’s where this podcast comes in! Host Dr. Rob Weiss, sex therapist and author of ten books on sex and relationship healing, interviews global experts about those oh-so-uncomfortable topics. This show brings information, advice, and direction from worldwide experts to those seeking answers to some of life’s most challenging questions.
Recommended Episode: “Women Experience Porn Addiction, Too”
Host Duane Osterlind has been in the recovery space since age 17. He’s a licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex addiction therapist who hopes to help folks in recovery by speaking his truth on this very show. Join him as interviews folks from across the recovery spectrum about topics ranging from narcissism to hypnosis to harm reduction and more.
Recommended Episode: “Coping Skills for the Pandemic”
Each episode proves that “You don’t need to wait for your loved one to get better to start to feel joy, happiness, and love.”
This show has been described as “This American Life” for people with substance use disorder. Hosted by Foster (author/activist/all-around recovery icon), this 5-episode mini-series covers myriad sobriety-themed topics. Foster chats with an Ironman triathlete, skater legend Brandon Novak, and Grammy-winning artist, Sirah. Check out Foster’s other epic work for the recovery community.
Recommended Episode: “The Power of Community”
The Sober Gay is a podcast hosted by Dillan Gay with Aubrey Lee in Denver, Colorado. They started this show as a way to provide much-needed visibility to the sober, queer community. The easy-to-binge episodes cover topics from their last drink to sober sex vs drunk sex to what it’s like to hide your drinking habits “in the closet”.
Recommended Episode: “This is the Part Where We Break Free”
43. Sober Company
When we enter sobriety, the company we keep tends to change. Enter the Sober Company Podcast! They’re all about modern sobriety, a.k.a. recovery without the 12 step lens. This show hosts conversations centered on personal empowerment and addiction recovery with a Buddhist twist.
Recommended Episode: “Zero Proof Drinks”
This show is hosted by The Temper and HuffPost contributor, Laura Cathcart Robbins. The concept for this podcast came from being the only Black woman at Brave Magic, a writing retreat hosted by Elizabeth Gilbert and Cheryl Strayed. Robbins wrote about her experience for HuffPost… and then the comments came pouring in. Folks who have also been “othered” finally felt seen by the article. Each guest is someone who’s been the only person in the room. Topics range from sobriety to race to politics and more.
Recommended Episode: “Gloria Allred: The Only Lawyer in the Room”
Comedian Paul Gilmartin hosts a weekly, hour-long audio podcast consisting of interviews with artists, friends, and the occasional doctor. The show is geared towards anyone interested in or affected by depression, addiction, and other mental challenges that are so prevalent in the creative arts. Paul’s hope is that the show and his website will give people a place to connect, smile, and feel the return of hope. The biggest myth about mental illness is that you are alone and there is no help.
Recommended Episode: “Out of Control Sexual Behavior with Jess Levith-LMFT”
The biggest myth about mental illness is that you are alone and there is no help.
Are you wanting something more from your recovery? Join Liv and Tiffany as they discuss everything it means to be in recovery and thrive independently. Through lively discussions — based on lived experiences, research, and experts in the field — they unpack the ways recovery has been limited. Their mission is for you to be empowered to find your recovery, your way. It’s time to break free! Conversations cover sugar addiction, establishing boundaries, sober sex, and more.
Recommended Episode: “Latinx Culture and Mental Health with Irina Gonzalez”
One of the most creative sober Instagram accounts is @teedoodler — and now he has a podcast! The show is hosted by a self-described “flawed human” who speaks candidly about all things recovery. Each brief episode feels like a powerful stream of consciousness made just for you. He talks about his life without alcohol as he shares his unproductive thinking. If you’re looking for a sober buddy, look no further than the Teedoodler podcast!
Recommended Episode: “Rationalizing My Narcissism”
48. The Dry Life
The Dry Life is a podcast hosted by Kayla Lyons, mental health activist and founder of the alcohol-free challenge 1,000 Hours Dry. Each episode explores the sobriety journey of a special guest; why they stopped drinking, how they stay sober, and related topics. The Dry Life Podcast is here to inform and educate you on the alcohol-free lifestyle. Tune in every Thursday for a new episode!
Recommended Episode: “The Sobriety Spectrum”
49. Chic Happens
Chic Happens (get it?), but Natalie Reddell handles it with humor. Listen to her struggle, laugh, and cry reflecting on life’s lessons with her sister-cousin Jane. Join them once a week for stories about when CHIC hits the fan in sobriety. Fun fact: Natalie is an interior designer whose work is featured all over the world!
Recommended Episode: “Infertility is Hard”
50. Recovery Secrets
Recovery Secrets offers a brand new look at the addiction problem. Dr. Adi Jaffe, the author of The Abstinence Myth, goes deep into areas previously unexplored and offers stories and solutions that aren’t often discussed around the addiction problem. Whether you know someone who is struggling, struggling yourself, or if you’re a professional who is seeking a different way to approach this frustrating and deadly problem, you’re going to love this podcast.
Recommended Episode: “Psychedelics for Medicinal Use”
While this list contains 50 podcasts, there are dozens more out there. Regardless of where you are on your sober or sober curious journey, the aforementioned shows can provide some words of encouragement during these unprecedented times. No matter how challenging sobriety can be, shows like these remind us that we’re not alone.