Recovery is akin to overcoming a series of hurdles, the first one of which is getting sober. 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.
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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 better support our bodies, delving into trauma history, and uncovering how to have better relationships.
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.
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 percent 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.” It is really insightful for folx in recovery to get connected to their physical selves and understand the root of their trauma.
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.
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.
This incredible book highlights the findings of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs) and discusses the relationship between ACEs and chronic illness later in life. It provides a roadmap on how to overcome ACEs and navigate healing.
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.
This Is How: Surviving What You Think You Can’t (By Augusten Burroughs)
This book is a popular book for many in recovery. 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.
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. Glennon tells you that you don’t need to shy away from your vulnerabilities, but rather reclaim them, be proud of them, and know who you are.
Polyvagal theory is pretty scientific and inaccessible if you’re not an academic or work as a therapist. Dana has helpfully translated polyvagal theory into helpful exercises. 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!
We are the Luckiest: The Surprising Magic of a Sober Life (by Laura McKowen)
A heartfelt memoir that focuses on what is so “lucky” about addiction. Seems counterintuitive, but McKowen argues through her words that “those of us who answer the invitation to wake up, whatever our invitation, are really the luckiest of all.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 recovery. Here is a list of some great podcasts, both new and old.
Former party girl Jessica talks about prioritizing self-care in recovery.
This podcast offers valuable insights into how to stay sober.
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.
As the name suggests, this podcast brings together teachers, leaders, and peers from around the recovery globe.
A podcast about grey area drinking, otherwise known as mild alcohol use disorder.
Probably the most popular recovery podcast. 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.
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.
Host Arlina has been sober since 1994. She dedicated this podcast to bridge the gap between a meeting.
A podcast about sobriety and motherhood and how to manage both.
A sober podcast for those who identify as queer.
A podcast with 100s of episodes about the ups and downs of recovery.
Literally a booze-free happy hour podcast.
A podcast that talks about all things recovery and rock ‘n roll.
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.
A candid podcast about motherhood and sobriety.
Another podcast by author and truth-teller Laura McKowen. This podcast is hosted with co-founder Meadow DeVor, and discusses a broad range of what it means to be human, from therapy to the anatomy of anxiety.
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.
A podcast that hosts guests who subversively discuss all things recovery.
Best friends Jes and Kate discuss the benefits and challenges of sobriety.
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.
Creative extraordinaires Tammi and Sondra discuss the intersection of creativity and recovery.
Host Jean seeks to dismantle the stigma of addiction by inviting guests to share stories of recovery.
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.
Therapist and person in long-term recovery, Lynn Matti hosts this popular podcast about mental health and all things related to recovery.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A safe space for sober and sober curious women of color to hang out.
Tempest’s sister site provides an insight into recovery-related topics through an intersectional lens.
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.
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.
A blog written by a sober trans person about recovery through a lens of inclusivity and the issues affecting LGBTQIA+ folx and BIPOC.
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.
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.
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.
Mother and daughter duo, Dawn Nickel and Taryn Strong, created a community of women who are all recovering from something.
This resource site provides all the ingredients you need to lead a self-directed recovery, written through an intersectional and social-justice-focused lens.
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.
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.
Tempest founder Holly Whitaker shares her journey of creating the individualized and self-directed recovery she wanted to see in the world.
Founders Chip Somers and Veronica Valli provide over 30 years of experience of purposeful sobriety to their blog and podcast.
Author of We Are the Luckiest, Laura is an incredibly talented writer who beautifully encapsulates what it feels like to navigate recovery.
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.
Recovery Communities to Explore
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.
This holistic, evidence-based digital recovery program is for anyone who wants to feel empowered to life 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 too yoga and cycling, this recovery path is all about physical exercise.
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
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.
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.
This personalized app has unique display modes, motivational messages, recovery tracker, goal and milestone feature, and sober community.
Developed by a Harvard-educated addiction recovery counselor, this app provides tools and techniques that help you stay sober.
Provides immediate support and advice by people in recovery and has a clock feature.
This app helps to connect you to a sober community and track your progress.
This app helps you track your behaviors and analyze them with the goal of eventually breaking them.
An app that provides digital recovery support, including meetings, yoga, meditation, and movement.
We Connect RecoveryAn app that provides peer support, rewards for recovery, and help to build routines for your recovery.
The app allows you to share sobriety clocks and displays your progress.
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.
Author of Quit Like a Woman and founder of Tempest, Holly calls herself a “sobriety evangelist” and her Instagram reflects this. Follow @holly *Editor’s Note: Holly Whitaker is the founder of Tempest.
Mindset coach that helps folks move through self-sabotage, Brooke offers an insightful lens to shift our view of the world. Follow @africabrooke
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
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
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 womens conference. Follow @lauracathcartrobbins
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Previously the Managing Editor of The Temper and now the Content Marketing Manager at Tempest, Irina is also a queer Latina and sober mom. She writes about her recovery, Latinx culture, parenting, and her recent move to Colorado. Follow @msirinagonzalez
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_
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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.