This holiday season is certain to be a unique one. Normally, we gather around our family and friends to celebrate and reflect on the past year. This year, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that we stay vigilant about COVID-19 due to the rising case counts and stay home for the holidays. While this is hard on everyone, it’s especially tough for our brothers and sisters in recovery, who depend on face-to-face interaction to avoid falling into those mental traps that lead us back to addiction. But never fear, being home alone doesn’t mean you have to take care of yourself and your sobriety by yourself.

Podcasts have been a saving grace for many people across the world, and with hundreds of thousands to choose from on Spotify, Apple, Pandora, or whatever you use to listen to music, there’s a topic out there with friendly hosts waiting to inspire you. Check out these must-listen addiction recovery podcasts to help get through the holiday season with your sanity intact.

Airing Addiction

Airing Addiction has been a dynamic show that touches on everything from education, awareness, treatment options, and personal stories since 2016. Hosted by Lisa Blanchard, VP of Clinical Services at Spectrum Health Systems, and Catherine Collins, Business Development Liaison at The New England Recovery Center (NERC) and a women in recovery, this podcast explores how we view addiction in society, to discussing stigma, and how we can help as a community. Subscribe to this monthly podcast on Buzzsprout or iTunes and watch the show’s Facebook Live show on the NERC page.

The Bubble Hour

Hosted by Jean M., a woman in recovery from alcohol-use disorder (AUD), this weekly podcast tackles the often “taboo” and misunderstood subject of AUD in adults. Jean talks to real-life people about their struggles with sobriety in the hopes of educating others about the effect addiction has on the individual as well as family, friends and society. Check it out on Blog Talk Radio.

Love Over Addiction

Oftentimes, women find themselves as the caretakers of their family, friends, and romantic relationships. In this podcast, host Michelle Lisa Anderson shares her story of loving a man struggling with addiction: the cheating, the lies, and the tragedy. This podcast is for the person who loves someone struggling with addiction and is learning to cope. “You don’t need to wait for them to get sober to start to feel joy, happiness and love.” Listen to this podcast every week on their website, Spotify, iTunes, Stitcher, or Google Play.

That Sober Guy

Shane Ramer began his struggle with drugs and alcohol at age 17 and sought treatment in 2013. In his podcast, he interviews a mix of celebrities and people just like you about their experiences and the drastic impact that addiction has on people. With tips and tricks on living healthy and positive lifestyles, Shane aims to provide a platform for people in recovery to share their stories and feel empowered. Listen in twice each month on his website.

The Addicted Mind

Addiction has been a part of Duane Osterlind’s life since he was 17 years old. After completing inpatient rehabilitation and receiving treatment for addiction and depression, he launched this podcast to be an information hub for others looking for reliable facts on addiction treatment and research. Duane’s guests include authors, researchers, addiction specialists and more. Subscribe to his monthly podcast on Stitcher, Google Music or Audible.

Whatever you choose to do or listen to as we end 2020, we hope you find gratitude for all you’ve accomplished during this tough year. You made it!

If you or a loved one is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, call the New England Recovery Center Today at 1-877-MyRehab.