Educational Resources to Help You Support Loved Ones with Addiction: Podcasts
Podcasts about drug addiction and alcohol abuse add a different dimension to learning about addictions. Hearing people talk about their personal experiences with addiction delivers the benefit of realizing you are not alone. Podcasts on addiction run the gamut from addiction experts talking about educational components in much the same way as in-depth articles, to individuals sharing firsthand experiences of what led to their addiction and how they recovered. Sorting through the vast number of online resources can be like finding a needle in a haystack. No worries — we did the groundwork for you and have compiled a short list of podcast recommendations.
- The Official Sober Podcast Network
One of many online resources offered by Sober Nation, these podcasts are targeted at helping people struggling with drug and alcohol abuse. Episodes cover firsthand accounts by individuals at various stages of recovery, as well as educational insights by addiction experts who are on the front lines when it comes to combatting the growing opioid epidemic. Learn more about the chronic nature of addiction and subscribe if you wish to have tales of hope, strength and recovery delivered to your inbox.1
- The SHAIR Podcast – Sharing Helps Addicts in Recovery
Launched by Omar Pinto in 2015, the SHAIR Podcast is dedicated to interviewing people addicted to drugs and alcohol all over the world. Pinto has more than a decade of experience in 12-step recovery and throughout this time has coached and mentored many people in recovery. Listen to individuals share their inspiring journeys of recovery from alcohol, drug abuse and other forms of addiction.2 Highlights are available on the website, while free SHAIR podcasts can be accessed on iTunes or Stitcher. They are posted every Tuesday.
Now in recovery, David Wagner hosts weekly in-depth discussions about a wide range of topics related to addiction. From interviews with individuals who have conquered addiction to strategies for physical and mental withdrawal, the goal of these podcasts is to help anyone touched by drug or alcohol abuse. Subscribe to his podcasts via Player FM or access a full list of episodes by clicking here.3 More about Wagner’s personal struggle with opioid painkillers is available at Patreon.com.
- That Sober Guy
Founded and hosted by Shane Ramer, Sober Guy Radio is dedicated to building greater awareness of issues related to mental health, addiction and substance abuse. Podcasts focus on living a positive, healthy and sober lifestyle free of alcohol and other drugs. Ramer’s expertise derives from his own struggle with alcoholism. The show features a mix of celebrity guests and everyday people who have experienced addiction as well as those who have been touched in some way by drug and/or alcohol use. You can listen to his podcasts at Stitcher.com or by clicking here.4
- Recovery Innovators Radio
This shows features addiction recovery experts and individuals who have experienced addictions firsthand. Listen to innovative experts dedicated to helping people recover from the risky use of drugs or alcohol. Recovery Innovators Radio also provides a learning and networking tool for professionals in the addiction recovery field to share innovative approaches.5 Topics run the gamut from the therapeutic benefits of yoga to the importance of nutrition. Episodes are available on Player FM and Stitcher.
- HOME podcast
Hosted by Laura McKowen and Holly Whitaker, podcasts tackle big-picture life questions through the lens of addiction recovery. McKowen and Whitaker met through an Instagram exchange about concert tickets and sobriety. On Aug. 23, 2017, they celebrated the 100th episode of HOME. Podcasts feature addiction experts and a wide range of topics such as financial implications of addiction, addiction and the brain, alternative therapeutic approaches and far more.6
- Recover Girl Podcast
Hosted by New York Times-bestselling author Anna David, Recover Girl (formerly called AfterPartyPod) includes a workshop, storytelling show and podcast focused on de-stigmatizing addiction and developing healthier lives. David was once addicted to cocaine and alcohol and many of her podcasts recount those dark days. Among the celebrity guests who have appeared on her show are musician Moby and comedian and actor Marc Maron. Episodes can be downloaded from iTunes or Sound Cloud.7
- Episodes. Soberpodcasts website. http://soberpodcasts.com/episodes/ Accessed September 17, 2017.
- About Me. The Shair Podcast website. http://theshairpodcast.com/about/ Accessed September 17, 2017.
- About the Show. Addictions Podcast. https://addictionspodcast.wordpress.com/about/ Accessed September 17, 2017.
- That Sober Guy. Stitcher website. https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/that-sober-guy-podcast?refid=stp Accessed September 17, 2017.
- Recovery Innovators Radio. Stitcher website. https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/recovery-innovators-radio Accessed September 17, 2017.
- Episodes. HOME podcast website. http://www.homepodcast.org/episodes/ Accessed September 17, 2017.
- Recovery Girl Podcast. Anna David website. http://annadavid.com/recover-girl-pod/ Accessed September 17, 2017.