Alcohol use disorder can have long-term, life threatening effects if left untreated. But while initial 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, too. This year, we’re honoring alcohol recovery blogs that are committed to educating, inspiring, and empowering people on their recovery journey.
With straight-up information about addiction and recovery, The Fix is a great resource for facts and support. Readers can browse first-person recovery journeys, new and alternative treatment information, research and studies, and more.
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 opportunities that come from living a sober lifestyle.
Sober Black Girls Club
This is a community for Black women who are either sober already or moving in that direction to “talk, giggle, rage, and rejoice together” about what it means to be Black and sober. Although alcohol was forbidden in her strict African Muslim upbringing, Khadi A. Olagoke discovered alcohol in college. Her college drinking turned into a habit, and then a problem, until 10 years later, she put down the bottle in 2018. When she looked for online sober spaces for Black women online and found only one, she started Sober Black Girls Club to increase the representation for women of color.
Chronicling the journey from “liquid courage to sober courage,” this blog includes real-life stories about alcohol use disorder, relapse, and the journey of recovery. Readers will also find resources for getting sober and finding support online.
The Sober School
Kate Bee took her last drink in 2013. Since then, she’s been helping women “who want to take a break from booze, but hate the idea of missing out or feeling deprived.” Whether it’s from her numerous blog posts or the “Surviving Wine O’Clock” guide, readers of The Sober School will find many helpful tips for living an alcohol-free life. For women wanting more help quitting drinking, Kate offers a 6-week online coaching program that teaches a step-by-step formula to change your relationship with alcohol for good.
Sober Mommies was founded by Julie Maida as a judgement-free space for mothers seeking support beyond traditional drug and alcohol recovery methods, like 12-step programs. At Sober Mommies, they recognize that recovery looks different for everyone, and that it’s important to celebrate all efforts made.
This Naked Mind
This Naked Mind aims to reframe how you think about alcohol by taking away the desire to drink, rather than teaching you how to be sober. Based on Annie Grace’s book “This Naked Mind,” this blog offers personal accounts from people who have found sobriety through the book and program. You can also hear Annie answer reader questions in video recordings posted to the podcast.
Tawny Lara started this blog to explore her own relationship with drugs and alcohol. It has grown into an examination of sobriety through the lens of social injustice. Tawny admits that her recovery involved a wake-up to the injustices of the world, which she says she was too self-absorbed to notice while engaged in substance abuse. The SobrieTea Party hosts a sober event series called Readings on Recovery, where people can express their recover in creative ways. Tawny also hosts the Recovery Rocks podcast series with Lisa Smith, a Gen-X lawyer in 12-step recovery. They discuss issues like substance use, mental health challenges, and trauma.
Recovery Speakers offers a wide range of resources for people recovering from addiction in any of its forms, including alcohol. They have the largest collection of audio-recorded recovery talks spanning 70 years. On their blog, readers can find personal recovery stories from bloggers and tips on remaining in recovery.
A Sober Girls Guide
Jessica seemed to have it all as a successful DJ living in Los Angeles working at the hottest Hollywood parties and nightclubs. On the inside, though, she found herself using alcohol to mask the depression and anxiety she was dealing with in her everyday life. Inspired by her own sobriety, she started A Sober Girls Guide for other women in recovery. Here you’ll find information focused on mental health, wellness, and guidance toward recovery.
Served Up Sober
This is a blog about sobriety designed for women of color who are sober or looking toward sobriety. It is written by Shari Hampton, a Black woman who makes it clear that while the blog is not exclusively for Blacks, it is definitely inclusive of Blacks. You’ll find honest content about the sobriety journey, as well as discussions of food, music, and wellness practices such as yoga and meditation. Shari does not shy away from difficult topics. You’ll find posts about what to do when you relapse, why you need to distance yourself from certain people in your life, and why every day can’t be a good day.
Queeret is a blog and community for introvert queers to share each other’s company in queer, quiet, and sober gatherings called Qalms. Josh Hersh started Queeret (a merging of the words queer and quiet) as an Instagram account. Originally based in Brooklyn, it has grown quickly and so far has hosted meetups in about a dozen cities across America. On the blog, you’ll find thoughtful content about bringing calm and sobriety to queer spaces, plus podcasts, interviews, and event listings.
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