Alcohol use disorder can have long-term, life-threatening effects if left untreated. And while treatment can be effective, ongoing support is often critical. In addition to the right medical and professional care and local support groups, online resources can play an important role. This year, we’re honoring alcohol recovery blogs that are committed to educating, inspiring, and empowering people on their recovery journey.

UnPickled

UnPickled 2019

Jean began writing her blog on her first day of sobriety. Although she drank in private and learned to quit in private, she’s sharing her story with the world as a form of accountability. Her journey has also proved to be encouraging to others walking the same path.

Hip Sobriety

Hip Sobriety

When Holly Glenn Whitaker looked for a modern, individualized, and self-directed recovery program, she couldn’t find one. So, she created her own path of recovery that wasn’t only wildly successful for her, it was the beginning of an entirely new life. Today, as a sobriety coach and teacher, Holly works to bring the same resources, tools, education, road maps, and inspiration to those who need it.

The Fix

With straight-up information about addiction and recovery, The Fix is a great resource for facts and support. On the blog, readers can browse first-person recovery journeys, new and alternative treatment information, current research and studies, and much more.

The Shatterproof Blog

This national nonprofit organization exists to treat addiction like the chronic disease it is while also changing associated stigmas. The blog shares personal stories from loved ones grieving addiction loss and people in recovery as well as weekly substance use news.

Drunky Drunk Girl

A self-proclaimed former wine lover, this blogger writes about her six-year experience finding sobriety. Her posts are personal and relatable, portraying the ups and downs of her recovery journey.

Spiritual River

This resource helps individuals navigate the issues that often arise during the recovery process. With anonymous forums and a hotline, readers can reach out for support whenever they need it or help others looking for the same. Browse coping strategies, treatment guides, and an inspiring holistic section.

Understanding Addiction

Marc Lewis is a neuroscientist, author, and retired professor of developmental psychology. He also has personal experience with opiate addiction, which gives him a fascinating perspective. His 2011 book, “Memoirs of an Addicted Brain,” shares his life story and discusses the impact of drugs on the brain. On his blog, Marc shares his thoughts on addiction and recovery and their portrayal in the media and entertainment.

Laura McKowen

Laura McKowen writes eloquently and movingly about what she calls her reluctant journey toward sobriety. On the surface, she had it all: an impressive career, a beautiful daughter, a full social life, and all of the right credentials. But inside she was struggling. It wasn’t until she began sharing those struggles that she found a path forward.

Alcohol Rehab Guide

The Alcohol Rehab Guide is committed to helping people overcome alcohol use disorder through education and support. Resource topics include tips for navigating sobriety, determining alcohol use disorder, symptoms of alcohol poisoning, celebrity alcohol recovery stories, college drinking, and planning life after rehab.

Soberocity

This one-of-a-kind community was created for people living a sober life. Connect with people from all walks of life, share stories of recovery, and find support in this community of people who are invigorated by the many opportunities that come from living a sober lifestyle.

Sober Señorita

Kelly Fitzgerald Junco shares her story of sobriety on her blog. Dubbed a social butterfly before she even left high school, she continued her party lifestyle until deciding it was time to call it quits. She found sobriety in Cancun, Mexico, and continues to share the ups and downs of her recovery in posts that are relatable and inspiring.

New Lifehouse Recovery Community

This recovery blog was created to give back to the sober community by creating an open-forum resource with recovery and addiction information. It’s also a valuable platform where people who have an addiction, or loving those who do, can help each other. Specific categories, like family, addiction insight, drug education, and others, make it easy to find the information you need.

Sober Courage

A blog chronicling the journey from liquid courage to sober courage, this is a great platform for real-life stories about alcohol use disorder, relapse, and the journey of recovery. Readers will also find helpful resources for getting sober and finding support online.

If you have a favorite blog you’d like to nominate, please email us at bestblogs@healthline.com.


Jessica has been a writer and editor for over 10 years. Following the birth of her first son, she left her advertising job to begin freelancing. Today, she writes, edits, and consults for a great group of steady and growing clients as a work-at-home mom of four, squeezing in a side gig as a fitness co-director for a martial arts academy. Between her busy home life and mix of clients from varied industries — like stand-up paddleboarding, energy bars, industrial real estate, and more — Jessica never gets bored.