The day I stopped drinking I started listening to podcasts about sobriety and recovery.
I’ve found them a huge help. I listen to them on my way to work. I listen whilst I’m cooking or cleaning or even doing my supermarket shop. I enjoy them and it seems like a great way of squeezing a bit of recovery work into my day.
The problem is, I’m running out them.
I started out listening to The Bubble Hour and it remains my favourite. The mix of topics is great and I really like the hosts Ellie, Amanda and Lisa. I can relate to them. In fact I only started looking for other podcasts a few weeks ago, when they took a bit of a summer break – recording podcasts once a fortnight and re-broadcasting old episodes every other week.
I soon found After Party Pod – a podcast hosted by Anna David, who set up the website After Party Chat. She interviews actors and comedians who’ve got clean and sober. The general vibe is let’s-talk-to-cool-and-successful-sober-people and I really like that. It’s the kind of attitude I need in my life right now! The only thing that niggles me is that they often go quite off topic. I prefer them to stay with the nitty gritty of what happened – I want technicolor detail on why they got sober and how. The rest of the website is great too. If you have a spare few minutes watch the video ‘Sh*t normies say to 12-steppers’ – it made me smile: http://afterpartychat.com/videos/
My most recent download was Online Recovery Support Radio but I don’t think it’s my cup of tea. Hosted by Kurt Swensen, it’s very heavy and super-serious.
I was wondering today if my desire for more stuff to listen to is a sign that I should go back to AA meetings. It probably is. Somehow they just slipped out of my regular routine, but as I didn’t go to AA right from the start I don’t feel too worried about it. Whilst my life is crazy busy with work and a hundred and one other things, I’m not going to beat myself up at about it. But I do want to make sure I’ve got plenty of other stuff to listen to.
So – has anyone got any other suggestions or favourite podcasts you’d like to share?