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Addiction recovery podcast from Real Sobriety filmmaker and sobriety coach, Robert McClellan. Down to earth, humorous, inspirational and sometimes irreverent - always a good listen to help you in your recovery journey.

Addiction recovery podcast from Real Sobriety filmmaker and sobriety coach, Robert McClellan. Down to earth, humorous, inspirational and sometimes irreverent - always a good listen to help you in your recovery journey.




Addiction recovery podcast from Real Sobriety filmmaker and sobriety coach, Robert McClellan. Down to earth, humorous, inspirational and sometimes irreverent - always a good listen to help you in your recovery journey.






Past and Future of the Recovery Community

Robert shares thoughts on the past history and the technology and innovation driven future of the recovery community.


Time For Some Tolerance

From polarized political ideologies to racism, classism, sexism and homophobia, it sometimes seems like the fragile threads that hold a society together are near the breaking point. It is almost enough to make a happy person in recovery relapse. Except - that at the heart of most recovery programs is a philosophy of tolerance, empathy, and service to others. It begins with us. In recovery we learn to get out of our own heads and reach out to help others. Besides the obvious benefits of...


The Detox Experience

The drug and alcohol detox experience is a tough challenge in the short-term, but the long-term benefits of getting clean and sober are worth it. Robert shares his own experience with detox.


Newcomers to Sobriety - Speak Out

There is a well publicized and somewhat controversial situation involving a newcomer to sobriety who has been speaking out on TV and Radio. We live in a 21st century technological 24/7 connected world, where a newcomer can leverage the Internet and broadcasts to reach audiences of millions - we shouldn’t condemn them - we should encourage and admire their bravery to speak out and inspire others to find a path to recovery.


Using Cannabis in Recovery

Can we use cannabis in recovery? Some people in AA are being shunned and criticized for using cannabis even as they have abstained from alcohol and are working the 12 Step program.


How to Stay Sober? Stay Connected!

What is the number one thing we can do to stay clean and sober? Stay connected with other people - those people who lift us up and empower our sobriety.


Can Alcoholics Ever Drink Again?

Can alcoholics with time in recovery ever drink like normal people again? Robert shares his views and experience with this timeless question.


We Get Addicted to the Limitations of Our Stories

Robert shares his early emotional story of poverty, loss, grief, and resentment that he had to overcome to get into addiction recovery. We get addicted to our story and think that we can't change it - but we can flip the script in recovery.


Relapse in Addiction Recovery - These Are Stressful Times

During these stressful times, many of us are relapsing. The emotional and mental health challenges of living through the Covid-19 pandemic must be considered in the addiction recovery community.


Recovery in These Weird Times

Weird times, these. A Covid Pandemic leading to lockdowns, illness and grief but still we must find a way to work our addiction recovery programs and be connected to the recovery community. Plus, lots of updates about the podcast and a new website!


Real Sobriety Ep. 112

Racism in the recovery community. It is up to those of us who have been around for a while to call it out.


Real Sobriety Ep.111

Three months into our Covid-19 pandemic and some of our addiction recovery and sober community have gone back out.


Special COVID-19 Quarantine Episode

In this special episode Jill and Robert team up to present a combination Into The Planet and Real Sobriety Podcast discussing the pandemic, relationships, isolation, recovery, and what the world may look like once we are all able to join each other again outside.


Real Sobriety Podcast Ep. 109

The addiction recovery journey continues. Robert shares a few bite-sized snippets of how to be happy in successful recovery and where the podcast has been.


Is Addiction a Disease? A Choice? A Moral Failing? Who Cares?!!

Is addiction a disease? A moral failing? A choice? Who cares?!! Robert shares his thoughts on this controversial subject that often comes up in discussions of alcoholism and drug addiction.


Recovery, Writing and Punk Rock with Claire Rudy Foster

Claire Rudy Foster AKA "Foster" joins Robert. A fun, lively conversation about addiction recovery, writing and publishing, and early punk rock influences.


Getting Sober Without God

Join Robert with guest Jeffrey Munn, author of Getting Sober Without God - The Practical 12 Steps to Long-Term Recovery from Alcoholism and Addiction. Jeffrey's book is leading to remarkable conversations about the Higher Power concept in 12 Step addiction recovery programs.


Susan Dlouhy Interview: Giving Back in Recovery

Susan Dlouhy is a professional who works with the "Developmentally Different" community. Susan joins Robert McClellan in a cheerful, positive conversation about what it is like to be in successful long term addiction recovery, and what responsibilities we all have to serve others.


A Conversation With Recovery Coach and Author Paul Silva

Recovery coach, author, and professional chef Paul Silva joins Robert McClellan for an insightful conversation about addiction recovery, social media and living a happy successful life in sobriety. Paul is the author of the popular recovery book, Longing for the Spirit and an acclaimed life coach who specializes in helping people find a path to successful addiction recovery.


The Recovery Community and Social Media

The recovery community is present on all social media platforms from Instagram to Facebook to Twitter. When I got sober in 1989 we had much more face-to-face connection. But this is not to say that the past was better. Today, addicts and alcoholics in recovery can reach out from a smart-phone and reach thousands of others in recovery, anywhere in the world. With podcasts, blogs, and videos, people in recovery are more connected than ever.