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A Letter from Ella

A "normie" by all appearances throughout her life, the unstructured freedom of retirement caused a shift in Ella's drinking pattern that triggered a pattern of addiction and spiral out of control. Listening to podcasts became such an important supplement to Ella's traditional 12-step program that she wanted to give back by sharing her story. Though not comfortable appearing on air herself, Ella took the time to write her journey in letter form.


Sara's Story

Sara is a therapist who has been alcohol-free for three months. She reflects on what has made the difference after unsuccessful attempts in the past, and why people in the mental health profession may feel additional shame and stigma in recovery.


Thoughts on Recovery from Dawn Nickel

Dr Dawn Nickel, co-founder of SheRecovers, has over two decades of recovery and has helped thousands of women find their way to a better life. Along the way, her perspective has shifted and grown, as each person she encounters has shaped her understanding of what it truly means to be "in recovery". Host Jean asks Dawn some difficult questions about the harder aspects of recovery - accepting the choices of others with whom we may disagree, how to be supportive of someone who relapses while...


Erin W Part 2: Jean Becomes The Guest

Jean and Erin W continue their conversation from the previous week, only Erin turns the tables and puts Jean on the hotseat as the guest. They touch on using the word "alcoholic" as a label, having enough, being enough, imposter syndrome, the theme song (aka Jean's singer-songwriter days), Jean's dream guest, and more.


Erin W., Managing Editor of She Recovers Blog

Erin W is tired of being silent about the imperfections of life and done being quiet about life after alcohol. No more playing it small. She shares her perspectives and insights on the SheRecovers Blog, where she is managing editor and lead writer.


Victoria's Story: A Crisis of Health

Recovery touches many aspects of our life and often people find that when they quit drinking, seemingly unrelated parts of life are impacted by the process. The same can be true in reverse order, and this has been the experience of Victoria who has found that a diagnosis of breast cancer and the ensuing treatment has given her a new energy and determination to kick alcohol for good.


Cycling Her Way Sober (Guest Marie G)

Marie overcame addiction and trauma from sexual assault by getting on a bike. Cycling has helped her to find a new passion in life that provided an outlet for the pain and energy that was being misdirected by addiciton. Join us for this inspiring story and consider what passion you might tap into to fuel your big life changes!


Sober in Ireland (Guest Brid McGill)

Brid is a fitness professional, wife and mother of two who lives in Ireland. She blogs about life after alcohol at and hopes to bring a new energy and message of hope to women in Ireland who are struggling to find recovery in an alcogenic culture.


Guest: Kelley Kitley

Kelley has spent her life helping others, as a teen volunteering for service programs and as a therapist. But her own struggles with alcohol brought her to a point of needing to turn her attentions inwards and work on healing herself. The result is an even greater level of compassion and understanding that helps her connect and heal. Learn more about Kelley at


Pete's Story

Having recently celebrated two yearsof sobriety, Pete reflects on some of the reasons he may have developed an addictive pattern with alcohol and how leaving it behind has changed his life for the better.


Retail Therapy as Problematic Numbing

Sometimes in reovery, new problematic behaviours can emerge as we find new ways to self-soothe without the crutch of alcohol. This can take many forms, and this episode will look at shopping and overspending in recovery. Guests Wendy and Marie will share their personal experiences, and recovery expert Veronica Valli will offer insights on reasons this problem can emerge and what to do about it.


Amy Dresner, Author, Columnist, Comic

Amy Dresner is a former professional stand-up comic, having appeared at The Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory, and The Improv. Since 2012, she has been a contributing editor of the online addiction and recovery magazine She’s also written for the Good Men Project, The Frisky, Refinery 29, and has been a regular contributor to and, where she has her own addiction blog entitled “Coming Clean.” “My Fair Junkie” is her debut book.


Shelli's Story of Recovery

Jean talks to a member of her online group who she has always wanted to have on the show. With humor and insight, Shelli reveals her story of addiciton and how she changed her life for the better.


Sherry Gaba on CoDependency and Love Junkies

You wanted to hear more from Sherry Gaba so here she is! Sherry Gaba, LCSW, is a Licensed Psychotherapist and Certified Recovery and Transformational Life Coach who has helped hundreds of people cope with lifelong addictions of all kinds, including substance abuse, love and relationship addiction, and codependency. Sherry offers individual, couples, family, and group therapy. Her latest book "The Marriage and Relationship Junkie" was released on Valentines Day and became an instant besteller.


Emails from Charles

In the fall of 2014, Charles wrote to Jean after reading her blog to ask for insight. He continued to send updates over the weeks and months that followed, and then disappeared. Eventually he wrote again, this time with even more to share. His emails are read by Jean with Charles' permission, painting a story of insight and hope.


ODAAT Chat Podcast Host Arlina

Arlina is the host of "ODAAT Chat" - a podcast about sobriety - and joins Jean to reflect on her own recovery and the influence that interviewing others has had on her own personal healing and growth.


"Suburban Betty" Blogger Christina

Sober blogger Christina of "Suburban Betty; Clean and Serene" is reknowned for her light-hearted approach to challenging situations. Two years ago, she had enough of sitting alone and drinking for hours at the end of each day. Since quitting, Christina is amazed at all the possibilities life now holds. Christina shares her story and offers encouragement for anyone who finds themselves struggling to get through Christmas and New Year's with their recovery intact.


Guest: Andrea Owen

Andrea Owen is an author, mentor, and certified life coach who helps high-achieving women let go of perfectionism, control, and isolation and choosing courage and confidence instead. She has helped thousands of women manage their inner-critic to create loving connections and live their most kick-ass life. She is the proud author of 52 Ways to Live a Kick-Ass Life: BS Free Wisdom to Ignite Your Inner Badass and Live the Life You Deserve, (Adams Media/Simon & Schuster). Her second book: How...


Jessica's Story: Back and Forth on the Decision to Quit

Sometimes recovery is about connecting the dots. Jessica never considered how other behaviours related to her alcohol addiciton, but in recovery she is learning that OCD-related patterns (hair pulling, or trichotillomania) relates to anxiety, which relates to childhood trauma, which relates to her eating disorder and drinking patterns. Over many years of attempted sobriety and relapse, these truths became revealed and now Jessica is celebrating 100 days of recovery.


Mini Pod: Holiday Pep Talk

Are you hiding in a bathroom or closet at a family event? Turn the volume low, put your phone to your ear and listen to this message. I am sharing a lesson form my therapy for getting you through a family gathering that is pushing all of your buttons and making you wonder what happened to all of your recovery tools. Find two more BONUS PEP TALKS on