Resources to Help Explore Your Relationship with Alcohol
Recovery is akin to overcoming a series of hurdles, the first one of which is to quit alcohol. Of course, it’s more than that—it’s also experiencing great joy and finally finding the chill you were looking for at the bottom of a bottle—but we don’t want to underestimate the importance of being real here. Recovery can be hard, and what makes it sustainable in the long term is a solid foundation of tools and resources.
We hope that over time, you’ll realize that recovery is actually a superpower and you can overcome life’s biggest challenges. To help hone your superpowers, we’ve created an ultimate list of resources for those who are looking to quit drinking or change their relationship with alcohol. Make sure to bookmark this article, as we’ll update it regularly. And feel free to dip in and out of these 100+ resources as you explore your relationship with alcohol.
All the Books You’ll Want to Devour
Books are a great, low-cost way to access information, gain knowledge, and find resources to help build your recovery toolkit. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it covers some of the common topics and areas of interest within recovery.
This list covers a broad spectrum of topics from learning how to quit alcohol, how to better support our bodies, delving into trauma history, and uncovering how to have better relationships.
1. After 9/11: One Girl’s Journey through Darkness to a New Beginning, by Helaina Hovitz: Helaina Hovitz was left with PTSD after witnessing the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. This book brings us along on Hovitz’s journey through addiction and recovery, but also shows just how much trauma can shape our lives.
2. Allen Carr’s Quit Drinking Without Willpower: Be a Happy Nondrinker, by Allen Carr: Allen Carr’s Easyway method has helped millions to stop smoking and, in this book, he applies it to problem drinking. This book comes with simple step-by-step instructions to escape from the alcohol trap and regain control of your life.
3. Ballad of a Sober Man: An ER Doctor’s Journey of Recovery, by J.D. Remy: This is one emergency room physician’s difficult journey through alcohol recovery against a backdrop of eclectic characters, new romance, and a global pandemic.
4. Beautiful Things: A Memoir, by Hunter Biden: In this memoir, President Biden’s son Hunter opens up about the car accident that killed his mother and sister, his brother’s death, and all of the many hardships that led to a years-long battle with addiction and then sobriety.
5. Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction, by Elizabeth Vargas: Writing honestly about her secret alcohol dependency and time spent in rehab, broadcast journalist Elizabeth Vargas helps those of us who deal with co-occurring disorders understand taking on both mental health and problem drinking—and understand why we can’t heal one without facing the other.
6. The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction is Not a Disease, by Marc Lewis: A really interesting take on the disease model of addiction. This book explores how desire works in the brain and the learned pattern of addiction.
7. Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget, by Sarah Hepola: This is the story of a woman who embarks on her bravest adventure yet and discovers sometimes you have to give up your beloved destructive habits to finally find yourself.
8. The Body Keeps the Score, by Bessel Van Der Kolk: This book is for anyone who has experienced trauma, and that’s up to 75% of us in recovery. Dr. Kristine De Jesus, PsyD, describes this important book as helping to “demystify the role of trauma in how humans cope.”
9. Childhood Disrupted, by Donna Jackson Nakazawa: This incredible book highlights the findings of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs), discusses the relationship between ACEs and chronic illness later in life, and provides a roadmap on how to overcome ACEs so you can navigate healing.
10. Don’t Just Sit There!: 44 Insights to Get Your Meditation Practice Off the Cushion and Into the Real World, by Biet Simkin: Meditation is perhaps one of the most helpful tools for folx in recovery. Simkin provides helpful and relatable guides to make meditation work for just about anyone.
11. Drinking: A Love Story, by Caroline Knapp: This book is Caroline Knapp’s beautifully told story about how alcohol seduced her at fourteen and secretly subjugated her through her university years and most of her award-winning career.
12. Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol, by Ann Dowsett Johnston: In this book, celebrated journalist Anne Dowsett Johnston intuitively intertwines her own life story of alcohol use disorder with some great in-depth research and relevant interviews.
13. Drunk Mom: A Memoir, by Jowita Bydlowska: This is a raw memoir that makes you feel like you’re there with the writer, through all her shame, all her hiding, and all the guilt that comes from being a mother who drinks.
14. Dry: A Memoir, by Augusten Burroughs: In this memoir, Burroughs recounts his very regular and ordinary life of working in advertising and enjoying a drunken Manhattan life—until his employers force him to attend rehab. There, Burroughs is finally able to truly examine himself, and something starts to click.
15. Girl Walks Out of a Bar: A Memoir, by Lisa F. Smith: In this dark but incredibly comedic memoir, Smith tells all about her story and the road she finally took to recover from her perpetual numbing.
16. God and Starbucks: An NBA Superstar’s Journey Through Addiction and Recovery, by Vin Baker: This riches-to-rags tale tells Vin Baker’s story of how he came to manage a Starbucks and become a youth minister, and his gratitude for his ordinary life.
17. A Happier Hour, by Rebecca Weller: This journey of self-discovery shows Rebecca Weller that a little (even if hard) change is sometimes necessary to get what you truly want in life.
18. How to Grow Up: A Memoir, by Michelle Tea: This is a darkly comic book about the slow road through recovery, really growing up, and being someone that gets back up after screwing up.
19. I’m Black and I’m Sober: The Timeless Journey of a Woman’s Journey Back to Sanity, by Chaney Allen: Chaney Allen’s book was the first recovery memoir that was published by a Black woman author.
20. I’m Just Happy to Be Here: A Memoir of Renegade Mothering, by Janelle Hanchett: Janelle Hanchett chronicles the story of embracing motherhood through the devastating separation from her children at the height of addiction.
21. Lit: A Memoir, by Mary Karr: This memoir is poetic and a treat for lovers of beautiful writing.
22. Lush: A Memoir, by Kerry Cohen Hoffmann: In a relatable style, Kerry Cohen Hoffmann explores the ongoing addiction crisis amongst middle-aged females.
23. Never Enough: The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction, by Judith Grisel: This insightful book is written by a neuroscientist who happens to also be in recovery. It also provides a critical view of how we view addiction and how drugs play a role in our lives. This book also serves as a guide, providing insights into how we might solve the addiction crisis.
24. The Night of the Gun: A reporter investigates the darkest story of his life. His own., by David Carr: You will never be able to forget this powerful story about, well, trying to remember your life and what happened while Carr was addicted to crack and alcohol.
25. Nothing Good Can Come from This: Essays by Kristi Coulter: In this essay collection, Kristi Coulter writes with wit about a life in transition—and what happens when you suddenly look up and realize that maybe everyone else isn’t quite doing things the right way. This memoir is a frank, feminist look at life after recovery.
26. Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection: 50 Client-Centered Practices, by Deb Dana: Don’t be fooled by this being a book for therapists: these are exercises that anyone can use. In short, this is how we calm our nervous systems, which is the tool that we were looking for at the bottom of a bottle!
27. A Piece of Cake: A Memoir, by Cupcake Brown: This gripping tale is about the resilience of spirit combined with the worst of modern urban life.
28. The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath, by Leslie Jamison: This book takes a deep dive into the history of the recovery movement while also examining how race and class impact our understanding of who is a criminal and who is simply ill.
29. Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood, by Koren Zailckas: This book is a tale of how, after many years of excessive drinking and spiraling into a self-destruction cycle, Koren Zailckas realizes that it doesn’t matter whether or not she identifies as an “alcoholic.” What she’s doing isn’t working, and it’s time to make a different choice.
30. The Sober Diaries: How One Woman Stopped Drinking and Started Living, by Clare Pooley: In this book, Clare Pooley narrates the year in which she went from a cancer diagnosis to her happiest and best self. Her journey covers sobriety, beating cancer, and building a richer life than she’d ever imagined.
31. Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family, by Mitchell Jackson: This vulnerable, sobering book is a deep look into gangs and guns, near-death experiences, sex work, masculinity, composite fathers, the concept of “hustle,” and the destructure power of addiction.
32. Unashamed, by Lecrae: Rapper Lecrae’s memoir is a frank story of overcoming many obstacles, including childhood abuse, unplanned pregnancy, addiction, and suicidality as a two-time Grammy award-winning rapper.
33. The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober: Discovering a Happy, Healthy, Wealthy Alcohol-Free Life, by Catherine Gray: More than just a memoir, this book explores the psychology and neuroscience behind the societal traps that lead us to drink and how drinking affects our brains and our bodies.
34. Unwasted: My Lush Sobriety, by Sacha Z. Scoblic: This is a different kind of memoir because it focuses not on the road to sobriety, but on what happens with your life now that you’ve done the thing that once seemed impossible.
35. Wishful Drinking, by Carrie Fisher: In this adaptation from her stage show, Carrie Fisher uses her trademark sarcasm and humor to tell you all about growing up in Hollywood and living as Princess Leia… at least as well as she can remember after having been through electroshock therapy.
36. We Are The Luckiest: The Surprising Magic of a Sober Life, by Laura McKowen: In this book, Laura McKowen talks about her personal story along with how she faced the facts, the question of AA, dealing with other people’s drinking, and the many blessings of living an honest life without the debilitating shame of addiction.
37. Quit Like a Woman: The Radical Choice to Not Drink in a Culture Obsessed with Alcohol, by Holly Whitaker: Equal parts memoir, cultural criticism, and help guide for any and all those who both identify as feminist and want to change their relationship with alcohol, Tempest founder, Holly Whitaker, gives a fresh, female-first look at drinking culture and recovery. *Editor’s Note: Holly Whitaker is the founder of Tempest.
38. Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself, by Nedra Glover Tawwab: You may have seen Tawwab’s helpful boundary guides on Instagram. Well, she’s now published a book all about boundaries—a critical path to navigate for everyone in recovery.
39. Sex in Recovery: A Meeting Between the Covers, by Jennifer Matesa: Sexuality and physical relationships can change and evolve in recovery since we no longer rely on alcohol to dull inhibitions. Many of us feel anxious navigating sex sober. In this book, Matesa explores the somewhat taboo territory of sober sexuality and offers a candid and compassionate insight.
40. This Is How: Surviving What You Think You Can’t, by Augusten Burroughs: This book is a popular book for many in recovery, again from writer Augusten Burroughs. It tells you how. How to overcome, deal with, handle, and weather just about most life experiences. It is a great resource for people in recovery who could do with some guidance on how to handle life.
41. This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life, by Annie Grace: If you’ve ever wanted a guide to understanding the psychological and neurological reasons why we use alcohol, plus the latest science and the cultural factors for alcohol dependence, then this is the book for you. This is a must-read for anyone who drinks and anyone who has ever thought about quitting alcohol.
42. Unbroken Brain, by Maia Szalavitz: Described as a “revolutionary new way of understanding addiction.” Author Maia challenges the paradigm of addiction and its treatment as outdated and offers a new way to think about addiction as a learning disorder. This critical book is an important insight that can help you shape how you view addiction and recovery.
43. Untamed, by Glennon Doyle: You may think this is a book about her late coming out, but it isn’t. This is a book about unleashing your truest self. It’s a book of empowerment, of celebration, and it’s an incredible insight into what it means to be a woman and stand in your greatness.
44. When Things Fall Apart, by Pema Chodron: You may have discovered that sobriety isn’t always a bed of roses. Life happens, and so do tragedies. Things will fall apart. And that’s okay. This book is about how to navigate difficult times and is a popular companion for many folx in recovery.
Amazing Podcasts to Listen To
Another free way to access recovery resources and find community is through podcasts. There is great power in knowing that you’re not alone in navigating all that comes when you decide to quit alcohol. Here is a list of some great podcasts, both new and old.
1. AA Beyond Belief: 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.”
2. The Addicted Mind: Host Duane Osterlind, a licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex addiction therapist, interviews folks from across the recovery spectrum about topics ranging from narcissism to hypnosis to harm reduction and more.
3. Addiction Unlimited: Hosted by recovery coach Angela Pugh, this podcast is here to offer you a fresh perspective on living sober with the support you need.
4. Addiction Unscripted: This show, hosted by Foster (author/activist/all-around recovery icon), has been described as “This American Life” for people with substance use disorder.
5. All In: The Addicted Gambler’s Podcast: Co-hosted by Brian, Jeff, and Chris, this show holds space for anyone who’s struggled with gambling.
6. Annie Grace: This Naked Mind: This podcast offers valuable insights into how to stay sober.
7. Armchair Expert: Host and mega-celeb Dax Shepard (aka Mr. Kristen Bell) interviews some of the biggest names about some of the most challenging topics, including sobriety.
8. Breaking Free: Your Recovery. Your Way: Hosts Liv and Tiffany discuss how recovery can lead you to break free of all paradigms that keep you small, and they cover how to self-direct a recovery that works for you.
9. The Bubble Hour: Host Jean seeks to dismantle the stigma of addiction by inviting guests to share stories of recovery.
10. Buddhist Recovery Network: As the name suggests, this podcast brings together teachers, leaders, and peers from around the recovery globe.
11. Chic Happens: Listen to host Natalie Reddell struggle, laugh, and cry reflecting on lessons from life and sobriety with her sister-cousin Jane.
12. Coming Clean: Host Peter Estevez’s goal is to “advocate for the mental health community while bringing people together across the globe.”
13. Courage to Change: Ashley Loeb Blassingame hosts Courage to Change, put on by the folks at Lion Rock Recovery.
14. Dopey: Dopey began as a recovery comedy podcast hosted by Dave and Chris, but Chris tragically passed away from an overdose in 2018. Dave has triumphantly kept the show going.
15. 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.
16. Editing Our Drinking and Our Lives: A podcast about gray-area drinking, otherwise known as mild alcohol use disorder.
17. F*cking Sober: The First 90 Days: This podcast is a dark sitcom following Anita Drake (read: I need a drink) as she navigates her first 90 days of sobriety in New York City.
18. Getting Your Sh*t Together: Join Cynthia, a queer Black Brooklynite, as she talks about sober life.
19. HOME: Co-founders Holly Whitaker (Our Founder) and Laura McKowen held weekly discussions about the truth of recovery. It may not still be going, but the gems in these podcast episodes are still available to gain wisdom from.
20. IGNTD: Recovery Secrets offers a brand new look at the addiction problem with Dr. Adi Jaffe, the author of The Abstinence Myth.
21. In Recovery: Host Dr. Nzinga Harrison, a physician board-certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine, 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.
22. LAF Life (Living Alcohol Free): The LAF Life podcast features four friends discussing their personal experiences living alcohol-free.
23. Last Day: Together, Stephanie Wittels Wachs and Jessica Cordova Kramer (who both lost loved ones to drug overdose) join forces to provide a unique podcast told through first-person storytelling and insight from trusted experts.
24. Let’s Talk Drugs: This podcast takes an in-depth look at drugs and substance abuse in an accurate, digestible way.
25. Love Over Addiction: This podcast offers encouragement to those who feel powerless over their loved one’s powerlessness.
26. Love Sober: Hosts Kate and Mandy talk candidly about life beyond the bottle. You’ll find a host of practical tips, plus interviews, and what it means to be women in recovery.
27. Mental Illness Happy Hour: Comedian Paul Gilmartin hosts a weekly, hour-long audio podcast consisting of interviews with artists, friends, and the occasional doctor about depression, addiction, and other mental challenges that are so prevalent in the creative arts.
28. Mother Recovering: A podcast about sobriety and motherhood and how to manage both.
29. ODAAT Chat Podcast: Host Arlina has been sober since 1994. She dedicated this podcast to bridge the gap between a meeting.
30. The Only One in the Room: This show is hosted by The Temper and HuffPost contributor, Laura Cathcart Robbins, and tackles what it’s like to be the only person in the room with your identity.
31. Queer Mental Condition: Though it isn’t still active, there are a few great episodes of this sober podcast for those who identify as queer.
32. Recovery Elevator: A podcast with 100s of episodes about the ups and downs of recovery.
33. Recovery Happy Hour: Literally a booze-free happy hour podcast.
34. Recovery Rocks: A podcast that talks about all things recovery and rock ‘n roll.
35. Rehab Confidential: 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.
36. Self-Made & Sober: This podcast from serial entrepreneur Andrew Lassise is for the folks who’ve leaned into creativity (or want to feel inspired to!) in their sobriety.
37. Seltzer Squad: Best friends Jes and Kate discuss the benefits and challenges of sobriety.
38. Sex, Love, and Addiction: Host Dr. Rob Weiss, sex therapist and author of ten books on sex and relationship healing, brings information, advice, and direction from worldwide experts to those seeking answers to some of life’s most challenging questions.
39. SHE RECOVERS: As mentioned above, SHE RECOVERS is a community of women recovering from all sorts of challenges in life, from addiction to grief. This podcast is a reflection of what it means to all be recovering from something.
40. Sober as a Mother: A candid podcast about motherhood and sobriety.
41. Sober Awkward: Hosts Vic and Lucy are all about bringing your full, awkward self forward on the sobriety journey.
42. Sober Company: This podcast is all about modern sobriety, aka recovery without the 12-step lens. This show hosts conversations centered on personal empowerment and addiction recovery with a Buddhist twist.
43. Sober Curious: As the name suggests, this podcast is about changing your relationship with alcohol and what life may look like sober through a series of conversations to create a more conscious, connected, and present life.
44. The Sober Experiment: Another BFF podcast, but with a twist… they met each other as preteens, partied together for 30 years, then experimented with sobriety together.
45. Soberful: Hosted by Veronica Valli and Chip Somers, they bring decades of experience as people in long-term recovery and therapists in coaching people how to recover and maintain sobriety.
46. The Sober Gay Podcast: The Sober Gay is a podcast hosted by Dillan Gay with Aubrey Lee in Denver, Colorado—with easy-to-binge episodes covering topics from their last drink to sober sex vs. drunk sex to what it’s like to hide your drinking habits “in the closet.”
47. A Sober Girls Guide: Former party girl Jessica talks about prioritizing self-care in recovery.
48. Sober Grind: A podcast that hosts guests who subversively discuss all things recovery.
49. 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.
50. Sober Sessions: New Jersey-based Connie McMillan’s podcast is a space for her and her guests to discuss faith and sobriety.
51. Sober Sisters Talk: M.G. and Elizabeth, two sisters with long-term sobriety who understand the nuances of recovery, two have honest conversations and feature different sobriety perspectives for a well-rounded series.
52. The Sober Therapist: Therapist and person in long-term recovery, Lynn Matti hosts this popular podcast about mental health and all things related to recovery.
53. Sobriety Corps: Each episode from host Kim Palombo features a different person telling their sober story. Though the podcast isn’t currently airing new episodes, there are quite a few to listen to and connect with.
54. Spiritualish: Another podcast by author and truth-teller Laura McKowen, co-hosted with co-founder Meadow DeVor, discusses a broad range of what it means to be human—from therapy to the anatomy of anxiety.
55. Take a Break From Drinking: Founder Rachel Hart uses her skills as a life coach to discuss the spectrum of alcohol use disorder and that you may not have to meet a clinical definition of alcohol use disorder to benefit from recovery.
56. Teedoodler Podcast: One of the most creative sober Instagram accounts is @teedoodler—and now he has a podcast where he speaks candidly about all things recovery.
57. The Unruffled Podcast: Creative extraordinaires Tammi and Sondra discuss the intersection of creativity and recovery.
58. Zero Proof Book Club: Journalists Shelley and Jackie discuss books about sobriety and self-development.
Recovery Blogs You’ll Want to Explore
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of recovery-related and self-help blogs on the internet. Perhaps it’s because many folx in recovery find it cathartic to share their journeys. There are many pathways to recovery and there is pretty much a blog to relate to each pathway and experience. We’ve listed some of our favorite blogs.
1. Hip Sobriety: Tempest founder Holly Whitaker shares her journey of creating the individualized and self-directed recovery she wanted to see in the world.
2. Laura McKowen: Author of We Are the Luckiest, Laura is an incredibly talented writer who beautifully encapsulates what it feels like to navigate recovery.
3. Lazarus Letcher: A blog written by a sober trans person about recovery through a lens of inclusivity and the issues affecting LGBTQIA+ folx and BIPOC.
4. Liv’s Recovery Kitchen: This resource site provides all the ingredients you need to lead a self-directed recovery, written through an intersectional and social-justice-focused lens.
5. Mrs D Goes Without: Founder Lotta Dann (Mrs. D) created a blog about her journey when her “fun” drinking habit morphed into an obsession where one bottle of wine was never enough. Since finding sobriety, Mrs. D has written books and created a sober community of like-minded people to share their journey of recovery.
6. Queeret: A space for sober, queer, introverts. They create inclusive gatherings that favor a slower-paced atmosphere over bright lights and parties. They believe that queer liberation and connection is achievable without alcohol.
7. Served Up Sober: Founder Shari Hampton self-described her blog as a “candid and sometimes dispassionate view of addiction, sobriety, and recovery. Shari has created the recovery community she wants to see: for women of color looking for healing.
8. SHE RECOVERS: Mother and daughter duo, Dawn Nickel and Taryn Strong, created a community of women who are all recovering from something.
9. Sober Black Girls Club: A community for Black girls who are considering putting the bottle down. Founder, Khadia A. Oluwatoyin shares the struggles and prejudices women of color face in their everyday lives as they battle systemic racism and other acts of violence. Khadia shares how deep the trauma women of color face and also provides a space for healing.
10. Sober Brown Girls: A safe space for sober and sober curious women of color to hang out.
11. Soberful: Founders Chip Somers and Veronica Valli provide over 30 years of experience of purposeful sobriety to their blog and podcast.
12. Sober Mommies: Founder Julie Maida has over 20 years of sobriety. Her blog shares how she navigates the loneliness of sober motherhood and she created a community for sober moms.
13. The Sober Señorita: Founded by Kelly Fitzgerald Junco, this blog shares her journey from party girl to a recovery activist who believes that sobriety is the greatest act of self-love. You’ll find blogs about everything from heartbreaking grief, motherhood, to her athletic career.
14. SobrieTea Party: Writer Tawny Lara provides an unapologetic glimpse of life sans booze, in NYC. She discusses sober sex and how to live a rock n’ roll life in recovery.
15. The Sobriety Collective: Founder Laura Silverman created a blog focused on a community and connection among people in recovery. Laura demonstrates that life is anything but dull in recovery.
16. Tammi Salas: Also known as the other half of the Unruffled podcast, Tammi is a creative genius. On her blog, she shares her daily routines and rituals toward becoming and honoring her true self.
17. The Temper: Tempest’s sister site provides an insight into recovery-related topics through an intersectional lens.
18. This Naked Mind: Founder Annie Grace is most well-known for her books and podcast. She’s often referred to as the modern-day Alan Carr. Annie’s blog highlights a new approach to recovery and how changing your belief system can change your relationship with alcohol.
19. Unpickled: Founder Jean McCarthy has shared her recovery since the very beginning of her journey. You’ll find blogs about all types of topics, challenges, and resources she has found and overcome in her recovery.
20. The Unruffled: Founder Sondra Primeaux is a creative maven. Her site is dedicated to exploring the power of creativity and creative expression once we put down the booze.
Recovery Communities to Explore
1. Forever35 Sober: Forever35 is a popular podcast between two best friends that has sprouted various Facebook groups, including Forever35 Sober. In this community, you’ll find people supporting each other through the sobriety journey no matter where you are in the process.
2. LGBTteetotaler: It’s sometimes difficult to find ways to share sobriety-related concerns with heterosexual friends, which is why this community (founded by Tracy Murphy) exists. If you are a queer, trans, or questionning person who is sober, in recovery, or sober curious, then this is the place for you.
3. The Phoenix: If fitness and exercise are very important to you, then you might just feel at home in this free sober active community. From CrossFit to climbing to hiking and running to yoga and cycling, this recovery path is all about physical exercise.
4. r/redditorsinrecovery: Another Reddit community that is a great source of information and support, this group wants to help its members find various ways to achieve and maintain a life free from active addiction. Feel at home thanks to lots of supportive info.
5. SMART Recovery: If you are interested in a recovery community that is focused on recovery through a cognitive behavioral therapy lens, then you might enjoy SMART Recovery. This program is all about helping you to change bad habits such as problematic drinking.
6. Sober Black Girls Club: Sober Black Girls Club’s mission is to find a solution for the traumas and struggles we face. These traumas are especially difficult for the Black community, and women in particular, which is why this community exists.
7. Sober Mom Squad: This group originally began during the COVID-19 pandemic as a way to offer support to women who are sober and also feeling overwhelmed by taking care of their kids and trying to get or stay sober. There is a weekly support call that’s free, plus a membership program.
8. r/stopdrinking: For fans of Reddit, this is the perfect community to meet thousands of like-minded people online. This is an extremely welcoming community to share experiences or stories on cutting back or quitting alcohol.
9. Tempest: This holistic, evidence-based digital recovery program is for anyone who wants to feel empowered to live an alcohol-free lifestyle. Tempest is also the only clinically-proven program shown to reduce the symptoms of alcohol use disorder. *Editor’s Note: Our private 24/7 online community at Tempest is a big part of our digital membership program.
10. This Naked Mind Group: If you’re a fan of Annie Grace’s book (featured above), then you might just also be a fan of the supportive Facebook group. If you want to be a part of a group that focuses on discussing the role of alcohol in our lives, then join this community.
Sobriety Apps To Download ASAP
1. LOOSID (iOS & Android): This app helps to connect you to a sober community and track your progress.
2. Nomo (iOS & Android): The app allows you to share sobriety clocks and displays your progress.
3. Quitzilla (iOS & Android): This app helps you track your behaviors and analyze them with the goal of eventually breaking them.
4. RecoveryLink: An app that provides digital recovery support, including meetings, yoga, meditation, and movement.
5. Reframe (iOS): If you’re looking for a comprehensive alcohol reduction program, then this may be the app for you. It’s based on just one promise: To help you create healthier drinking habits and help you thrive.
6. SoberGrid (iOS & Android): A sobriety tracker and a global sober network of people who are in recovery. The app has a “burning desire” alert for when you need immediate support.
7. Sober Sidekick (iOS & Android): Provides immediate support and advice by people in recovery and has a clock feature.
8. Sober Time (iOS & Android): This personalized app has unique display modes, motivational messages, recovery tracker, goal and milestone feature, and sober community.
9. SoberTool (iOS & Android): Developed by a Harvard-educated addiction recovery counselor, this app provides tools and techniques that help you stay sober.
10. Tempest (iOS & Android): Now you can access Tempest’s clinically proven program—including our expert-created lessons, daily group calls, and supportive community—right from your phone screen!
11. We Connect Recovery: An app that provides peer support, rewards for recovery, and help to build routines for your recovery.
Inspirational People and Pages to Follow
Instagram offers a fly-on-the-wall glimpse of the real lives of people in recovery, as well as great tips, tools, and resources to maintain your recovery and navigate life sans booze. Here are some of our favorite accounts.
1. Africa Brooke: Mindset coach that helps folks move through self-sabotage, Brooke offers an insightful lens to shift our view of the world. Follow @africabrooke
2. Dr Jamie Marich: Dr. Jamie is an author, clinician, speaker, yogini, expressive artist, and self-proclaimed “EMDR Badass.” Dr. Jamie gives you the tools to express your trauma and process your recovery, whether that is dancing, yoga, expressive arts, or creativity. Follow @drjamiem
3. Dr. Jenn Hardy: Self-described as a psychologist who writes novels, Hardy provides helpful post-it notes that give you permission to care for yourself. Hardy offers a guide in learning how to be autonomous and honor ourselves. Follow @drjenhardy
4. Dr. Kristine De Jesus: Doctor of psychology talks about the intersection of recovery and social justice. She also founded The Wellness Cooperative, a recovery support service dedicated to providing a welcoming and inclusive space for everybody. The Cooperative hosts great webinars like Developing Systems of Support for BIPOC to Recover. Follow @drkrisdejesus and @thewellnesscooperative
5. Holly Whitaker: Author of Quit Like a Woman and founder of Tempest, Holly calls herself a “sobriety evangelist” and her Instagram reflects this. Follow @holly
6. Irina Gonzalez: Previously the Managing Editor of The Temper and the Content Marketing Manager at Tempest, Irina is a queer Latina and sober mom who writes about her recovery, Latinx culture, parenting, and her recent move to Colorado. Follow @msirinagonzalez
7. Jolene Park: Known for her TEDx Talk, Grey Area Drinking, Park is an expert on getting alcohol-free and building healthy habits to regulate your nervous system. She trains coaches and healthcare practitioners to better help their clients. Follow @jolene__park
8. Laura Cathcart Robbins: Laura is a sober powerhouse and the host of The Only One in the Room podcast. She is also a public speaker and has written about her various experiences as being “the only one in the room” after a viral article from HuffPost about being the only Black woman at a popular women’s conference. Follow @lauracathcartrobbins
9. Laura Silverman: Silverman is one of the first recovery activists to build a community for people in recovery. She describes herself as a mental health warrior and booze-free babe. You can find helpful information about how to socialize as a host of lively events. Follow @wearesober
10. Liv’s Recovery Kitchen: Liv is a writer, recovery activist, and social work student. She writes about all of the ingredients for a fulfilling recovery. Close to her heart is the intersectionality of addiction and recovery and the inequity in accessibility to life-saving treatment. Follow @livsrecoverykitchen
11. The Nap Ministry: The Nap Ministry believes that rest is a form of resistance and reparations. Their page examines the liberating power of naps. Rest and healthy sleeping habits—as well as resisting the patriarchy and colonization—are crucial to maintaining long-term recovery. Follow @thenapministry
12. Nedra Glover Tawwab: We mentioned Tawwab’s book already, but her Instagram is where you can also access her highly insightful resources for creating healthy boundaries and relationships—something many of us in recovery need help with. Follow @nedratawwab
13. Sans Bar: Created by revolutionary Chris Marshall, Sans Bar is a sober bar based in ATX and also where you are. Their focus is on building community and authentic connection—a critical element of long-term recovery. Follow @sans_bar
14. Shari Hampton: Recovery and mindset coach, Shari helps folx to get sober and reclaim control over their lives. Hampton also runs a BIPOC recovery group as part of SHE RECOVERS. Follow @iamsharihampton
15. SHE RECOVERS: Founded by women for women, SHE RECOVERS believes that women are stronger together. Find community support, resources, and retreats for women in all types of recovery. Follow @she_recovers
16. Sober & Social: Just because we’re sober doesn’t mean we don’t like to get out and have fun! Creator Emily Syphas wanted to create a resource to help sober folx find each other and navigate the world that is sober socializing. Follow @soberandsocial_
17. Sober Black Girls Club: When Khadi A. Oluwatoyin got sober, she scoured the socials for a community of sober Black women, but her search came up lacking. She took matters into her own hands and created the Sober Black Girls Club so that all Black women giving sobriety a try could find a group of their peers. Follow @soberblackgirlsclub
18. SoberBrownGirls: Kirstin Walker is a sober mom, wife, and dog mom. She’s also the creator of SoberBrownGirls, an inclusive and uplifting space for women of color to commune and get to know one another. As Walker’s website aptly states, “Women of color need their own meeting spaces,” and SBG is creating that space. Follow @soberbrowngirls
19. Sober Señorita: Kelly Fitzgerald Junco is a writer who shares about vulnerability in life and encourages others to do the same. On her page, Fitzgerald Junco candidly shares the ups and downs of life in recovery and how she navigates it all while staying true to herself and her sobriety. Follow @thesobersenorita
20. Taryn Strong: Co-Founder of SHE RECOVERS and creator of Rituals of Healing, Strong helps women to alchemize their lives through rituals centered around healing. Follow @tarynstrong
21. Tawny Lara: Self-described as “The Sober Sexpert” Lara writes, records, and talks about sexuality in recovery. She is also the co-host of the Recovery Rocks podcast and part of the award-winning team at the F*cking Sober podcast. Follow @tawnymlara
22. Tracy Murphy:
Tracy is a sober, non-binary, lesbian, queer. As well as being an awesome human, Tracy is great at advocating for queers, especially those navigating their sexuality in recovery. If you want an inclusive space to recover, you’ll find that here. Follow @murphthejerk
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We’re living in a world where more and more people are opening up about living a life free from alcohol. That means resources abound, and the list will keep on growing. No matter what you’re looking for to support your recovery journey, there’s an option for you.