It has been a while since we recommended some podcasts related to recovery. Since then, the popularity—and range of options—of podcasts have just kept growing.
It is pretty easy to see why that might be the case. Podcasts let you explore your specific interests in a format that is perfect for your busy life. While you might be excited to listen to a new episode of your favorite podcast as soon as it drops, you can also wait, secure in the knowledge that it will be waiting for you when you have time to give it a listen. You can listen while driving, doing household tasks, or exercising—or you can settle into a comfy chair and give the show your full attention. It is pretty easy to see why the flexible format (combined with people’s ability to produce and post podcasts at low cost) continues to gain adherents.
So, we wanted to revisit the topic and suggest some additional podcasts that might be helpful as a regular (or even sporadic) part of your recovery routines.
Keep It Quick – And Inspirational
The name of the podcast pretty much sums it up: Belle’s One-Minute Messages. The host (Belle, natch) used to drink, got sober, and now wants to help others do the same. In these brief podcasts, Belle shares “ideas and tips and inspiration and smart-mouth language.” The goal is to encourage listeners to stay the course on their recovery journey while providing plenty of humor along the way.
Get Creative to Support Your Sobriety
The hosts of The Unruffled Podcast understand that a person in recovery from a substance use disorder often feels as though there is something missing from their life once they have gotten sober. The temptation can be to return to drug or alcohol use. But Sondra Primeaux and Tammi Salas suggest a much, much healthier option: “The Unruffled is passionate about creating and making and how those pursuits fuel recovery, specifically from alcohol.”
No Drugs But Plenty of Rock-n-Roll
As a general rule, each generation tends to pooh-pooh much of the music loved by a younger generation. But on Recovery Rocks, a member of Generation X and a representative of the Millennials get together to talk about rock-n-roll—and recovery. The hosts share a love of rock music, and they are devoted to “a new kind of discussion about the issues impacting those who struggle and recover, reflecting different perspectives, but finding much in common.”
Acknowledging that Recovery Has Its Ups and Downs
The cleverly named Recovery Elevator podcast engages with the full range of challenges and successes that can be part of the recovery journey. The show, which to date has more than 300 episodes, is focused on offering tips for daily life and for wrestling with the difficulties that can threaten your sobriety.
A Book Club for the Non-Book Club Set
Getting together to discuss a book you may or may not have read can be intimidating (not to mention that many book clubs come with a significant splash of wine drinking, which isn’t so great for a person in recovery). But if you are interested in books about sobriety, self-growth, and more, the Zero Proof Book Club has you covered. On each episode, Shelley Man Hite and Jackie Mantay discuss a book and what it has to say about issues related to the ongoing journey of recovery. And they can’t judge you for not having read the book in advance.
From Doodles on the Gram to a Great Podcast
The Instagrammer known as @teedoodler offers up inspiring little drawings that draw on his own experience as a person in recovery from an alcohol-centered substance use disorder. Now, he also hosts the Teedoodle Podcast in which he engages in a stream of consciousness approach to talking about his recovery journey—both the successes and the challenges.
Many More to Choose From
As you might imagine, this list hardly covers all of the options. The odds are pretty good that you can find a podcast that speaks to you and your specific needs and situation. It may take a little bit of trial and error to find just the right podcast for you, but finding it can provide an ongoing boost of encouragement for your recovery journey.
We Are Ready to Listen—And to Help
The sense of isolation that comes with a substance use disorder can feel overwhelming and impenetrable. But help is available at Bel Aire Recovery Center.
We are committed to treating each person we help as an individual. That means we will listen intently to you so that we can create a personalized treatment plan that will help you get and stay sober. We are here to listen, to help, and to provide ongoing support as you begin your recovery journey.