Top 80 Recovery Blogs of 2016
Following the success of last year’s Top Recovery Blogs 2015, we’ve decided to continue this tradition for another year. This year has been an immensely strong one for recovery blogs, and we hope you will profit from the list of winners we’ve included below. We know we certainly did!
Many of these bloggers are little-known. Many of these people publish their blogs simply as a way to help others who face similar problems with addiction. If you or a loved one suffer from addiction, we have no doubt you will benefit from the advice these people have to offer.
When assessing the below blogs, we completely discounted the size of the bloggers’ following on social media. Instead, we judged the blogs based on how useful, inspiring and encouraging they may be for people who suffer from an addiction.
At Ocean Recovery Centre, we make a point of advising our clients to follow the below blogs. Why? Because these blogs provide our clients with a powerful way of learning about addiction and life in recovery.
Arguably, the below blogs serve a similar purpose to attending AA or NA meetings.
Most of these blogs provide you with rich content. This typically includes infographics, personal stories, interviews, podcasts, news coverage relating to recovery and how-to guides.
If you appear on this list, well done, and keep up the good work in 2017! We look forward to reading your valuable and appreciated content both today and well into the future.
We now cut this introduction short because you are probably itching to discover which blogs are worth following in 2017.
The winners of 2016’s “Top Recovery Blogs” are simply listed in alphabetical order:
1. Addiction Blog
Addiction Blog is a network of writers and bloggers managed by Lee Weber. Contributors are industry leaders who are interested in the field of addiction treatment. We embrace new ideas and alternative therapies for the treatment of all types of addiction.
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2. 100 Pedals
100 Pedals is run by Dave Cooke. Dave is the father of a son battling with heroin addiction. Dave shares his story about faith, and how God guides him through the most difficult experiences to discover a place of peach, clarity and purpose. Alternatively, if you are son or daughter living with an alcoholic parent then check out our tips.
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3. A Hangover Free Life
This British blog is run by Lou. Lou offers personal blog posts, how-tos, interviews and workshops. This blog is an excellent resource for anyone living in recovery. Lou also includes a great section on mocktails, including in-depth recipes and photos.
4. Adam Sledd
Adam Sledd recovered from a substance use disorder. Adam was addicted for 27 years. Following this, he finally decided to get clean by entering a drug court program. Adam favours what he terms ‘self-directed, empowered recovery’ over the 12 step alternative.
5. Addiction Land
Addictionland is designed to help all types of addicts. The site includes recovery experts, addiction support resources and various recovery paths. The main purpose of Addictionland is to offer addicts, in and out of recovery, a place to blog and gain free insight.
6. Addicts Mom
The Addict’s Mom is a group focusing on the mothers of addicted children.
7. Alcohol Drug SOS
8. Alcohol Recovery Blog
Alcohol Recovery Blog is a written by an anonymous writer. The blog details this person’s journey into recovery.
9. B Here Today
B Here Today is run by Beth Wilson. Beth is a person in long-term recovery from addiction, and she lives a life of peace, presence and purpose. B Here Today is where Beth shares her experiences with living my life On Purpose.
10. Barbara Cofer Stoefen
Barbara Cofer Stoefen’s website is for families who grieve a loved one gripped by the disease of addiction. Barbara’s daughter successfully navigated an addiction to crystal meth. Barbara’s writings detail her experiences with her daughter’s addiction and subsequent recovery.
11. Breaking The Cycles
Founded in 2008 by Lisa Frederiksen to provide education, prevention and intervention services rooted in 21st Century brain and substance misuse-related science for a range of addiction-related concerns, including: substance misuse, mental illness, addiction as a brain disease, secondhand drinking, dual diagnosis, underage drinking, help for families, treatment, recovery, brain health and more.
12. Buy Buy Beer
Kristen started her blog in 2011 ago while newly sober and quickly discovered a supportive community and just how many ways there are to get and stay sober. These days she writes more about finding balance and celebrating
13. Buzzill Pod
Buzzkill Pod is a podcast run by Paul. Paul has been sober for more than five years. Buzzkill Pod is about life through the eye’s of recovery. Paul comes from an AA backgroup, but he respects all routes to sobriety.
14. Candace Plattor
This blog is run by a registered clinical counsellor with 20+ years experience. Candace has also struggled with her own issues with addiction. She was diagnosed with Crones Disease at the age of 22. She was prescribed valium and codeine and later became addicted to these drugs. For many years she used these drugs. She also became addicted to cannabis. She’s been in recovery since 1987 and she uses the blog to offer inspiration and guidance for others.
15. Catholic Alcoholic
The Catholic Alcoholic is a blog written by an AA advocate and written from the perspective of a female catholic now living her life in recovery.
16. Cathy Taughinbaugh
Blog for CathyTaughinbaugh.com, who is a personal coach and author of Free Guide, 7 Ways to Find Parental Recovery When Your Child is Addicted
17. Center for Motivation and Change
The Center for Motivation & Change (CMC) is a unique, private group practice of dedicated clinicians and researchers in New York City specializing in the treatment of substance use and compulsive behaviors. As a group of dedicated clinicians and researchers, we are driven by an optimism about people’s capacity to change and a commitment to the science of change.
18. Changing Lives Foundation
This blog aims to help the family, friends and employers of someone who is struggling with substance abuse/addiction. The Changing Lives Foundation is a Colorado-based Charitable C-corp.
Chipur is a blog for people who suffer with mood or anxiety disorders. Chipur is run by Bill White. Bill is a mental health professional and he’s recovered from what he describes as ‘decades of mood and anxiety torture’. He’s also been sober since 1984.
21. Dirk Hanson
Articles and health studies about drugs, addiction and alcoholism, including the most recent scientific and medical findings.
22. Discovery Place
Discovery Place offers blog posts from the perspective of an alcohol rehab centre.
23. Drinking Diaries
A blog about women and drinking–the ups, downs and everything in between.
24. Drinking to Distraction
This blog is run by Jenna Hollenstein. Jenna is a professional nutrition therapist. The blog includes personal stories, how-tos and podcast style interviews. Good information on different ‘holistic therapies’ and nutrition. Highly recommended.
25. Drug Class
Drug Class is run by Rand Teed. Rand describes himself as a ‘nationally recognized leaders in the Drug and Alcohol Education and Prevention Field’. The main focus of the Drug Class Program is to help people better understand the nature of and problems associated with substance abuse.
26. Fine Anon
Fine-anon is run by Syd. Syd is an adult child of an alcoholic married to an alcoholic who is learning the steps to recovery through Al-Anon. The blog details Syd’s journey in search of serenity.
27. Growing up Chaotic
This blog is run by Dawn Clancy. Dawn manages the blog as well as a popular podcast that provides a 360° view on all topics related to the addict’s or alcoholic’s family and friends, codependency, domestic violence, drugs and culture, mental health, recovery and siblings and addiction.
28. Guinevere Gets Sober
A top-rated blog offering reliable news, reviews and straight talk about addiction, alcoholism, smoking, and recovery… plus good stories.
29. Heros in Recovery
30. Hip Sobriety
The Hip Sobriety was formed in 2012 by Holly Glenn after hitting rock bottom. Holly was addicted to alcohol and cannabis. Holly uses the blog to discuss her individualized path of recovery. She believes sobriety isn’t just about quitting alcohol and drugs, but it’s about getting after your best life and having everything you ever dreamed of. It’s about living the way other people won’t live, so you can live the way most people can’t.
32. Jagged Little Edges
Jagged Little Edges is run by Lorelie Rozanno. Lorelie has been in recovery for more than 18 years. Lorelie is now an alcohol and drug counsellor, as well as an author. She’s passionate about helping others to recovery from the effects of addiction. Her blog aims to inspire addicts and their familities to reach out for help.
33. Jody Lamb
Jody Lamb is a blog written from the perspective of an ‘adult child of an alcoholic’. Jody uses the blog to share her personal story and what she learned on this journey.
34. Leaving AA
Leaving AA is run by Monica Richardson. Monica is an avid supporter for those harmed in any AA or NA meeting or it’s culture.
35. Life Corked
Life Corked is a blog written by Chenoa Woods. Chenoa turned to alcohol following the death of her mother. Chenoa’s blog reflects on her experiences with alcohol and subsequent recovery. Chenoa attributes her success to her relationship with God.
36. Living Without Alcohol
This blog is run by Mrs D. Mrs. D is a New Zealand housewife who started anonymously blogging about her struggle with alcohol after realising her drinking was out of control and she needed to stop. She feels that writing out her thoughts and feelings in the early days of sobriety was immensely strengthening, and the community of support that soon grew up around her blog meant Mrs D was able to develop a robust and lasting recovery. Mrs D is now over four years sober and continues to update her blog weekly with all the goings-on of her busy, domesticated, alcohol-free life.
37. Liv’s Recovery Kitchen
Liv’s Recovery Kitchen’s Mission is to provide a dedicated resource for all you need to know about good nutrition & wellness in recovery from addiction. Whether your goal is to lose weight, to feel more energized, or to learn how to really enjoy life in recovery, this is the place for you.
38. Malibu Beach Recovery Centres
Malibu Beach Recovery Centers is a West Coast destination for treatment of drug and alcohol addiction and dual disorders. The blog is used in the Centres efforts to educated people about life in recovery.
39. Mark Goodson
Mark Goodson offers a hodgepodge of poety, essays and creative non-fiction on addiction and recovery. Mark has been in clean for nine years. Mark’s blog aims to help and teach others who now face their own issues with addiction and recovery.
40. Message in a Bottleblog
Message in a Bottle is run by Paul, a former alcohol who’s clocked up more than 25 years in recovery. Paul’s an AA advocate, and uses his blog to write about life in recovery.
41. Morningside Recovery
Morningside Recovery is committed to providing each client with an opportunity to stabilize, find recovery, be responsible for that recovery, and to experience life in a safe setting that promises growth and transition into a vested lifestyle of sustainable recovery.
42. My Journey From An Addict
My Journey from an Addict is a blog by Mary Beth Robertson. This blog details Mary’s life in recovery and offers inspiration to those contemplating life in recovery.
43. My Life As 3D
This blog is run by Dean Dauphinais. Dean dedicates the blog to breaking the stigma associated with addiction. The blog allows Dean a platform for thoughts on addiction. Dean is the Father of a Person in Long-Term Recovery from Addiction, a member of the Parent Support Network at the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, and a Lead Advocate for Heroes in Recovery.
44. One Crafty Mother
One Crafty Mother is written by Ellie Schoenberger. She is Founder of Crying Out Now, a blog where women tell their stories of addiction and recovery and offer each other support through a vibrant and growing community.
45. Parent Pathway
Parent Pathway aims to support parents who’s children are affected by addiction. Parent Pathway was created for parents, by parents, to provide a place to find peace of mind at a time when their world feels like it is falling apart. Parent Pathway offers help for parents of addicts and alcoholics through information, help, community and hope.
46. Parents of an Addict
This blog is run by Ron and Darlene. Ron and Darlene are parents of a former addict now living in recovery. However, Ron and Darlene continue to share their experiences with the public through this fantastic blog. This blog is particularly useful for parents or over loved ones of an addiction/recovered addiction. This blog is a good companion to an Alanon programme.
47. Quit & Recovery Registry
Launched in September 2011, the International Quit & Recovery Registry seeks to understand what allows people to succeed in overcoming addiction, whether to tobacco, alcohol, drugs, or harmful behaviors. Led by Warren Bickel, PhD, a world-renowned addiction researcher and director of the Addiction Recovery Research Center of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, the registry taps the insights and experiences of people who are in recovery from an addiction.
48. Quitting Crystal Meth
Quitting Crystal Meth is a blog by Joseph Sharp. Joseph is a survivor of HIV and cancer. He’s also a recoverying crystal meth addict.
49. Rapid Detox
50. Reach Out Recovery
Reach Out Recovery is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to Addiction Education, Prevention, and Recovery founded in March 2011.
51. Recovery Healthcare
Recovery Health Care was created by Dr. Herby Bell. Dr. Bell is in long term recovery himself. Bill has studied mind, body and spirit “fitness” for over thirty years and he remains an avid student of addiction and the applied, evidence based science of integrated wellness. Bill has developed an integrated approach and simple lifestyle skill set called, Blueprint for Recovery.
52. Recovery Reflections
Recovery Reflections offers inspiring blog posts for those in recovery.
53. Sandy Swenson
Sandy Swenson writes this blog from the perspective of a mother of an addicted child. Through her blog, Sandy is a voice for parents–particularly mothers–of children suffering with the disease of addiction, putting their thoughts and feeling into words.
54. Shatter Proof
Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the devastation that addiction causes families.
55. She Recovers
This blog is run by Dawn Nickel, Taryn Strong and Sharonlee Latham and Asley Prosser . She Recovers is dedicated to women now living in recovery. This blog is an excellent resource for women suffering from addiction or now living in recovery, and the blog is one I often recommend to female clients of ours at Ocean Recovery Centre.
56. Since Right Now
This blog is run by Chris Aguirre. Chris is a former alcoholic now living in recovery. Chris offers many resources, how-tos, personal stories and podcasts. Highly recommended!
Beth’s main passion is Recovery Coaching, specialising in helping people to rebuild their lives and achieve success after problems such as addiction, stress, life changes, illness, divorce, life transitions and mental health disorders.
58. Sober College
A reputable addiction blog for parents to gain knowledge from professionals and families about drug and alcohol problems in young adults. Check it out.
59. Sober Courage
Sober Courage is run by Magz Shores. Sober Courage is somewhere for people to get together and celebrate life in recovery. This blog’s main focus is on early sobriety, surviving Friday-Nights sober, sober parenting, and dealing with the social stigma.
60. Sober Julie
Sober Julie is a treat for anyone living “straight up.” This funky sober mom blogger shares inspiration, life, health tips, recipes, reviews and giveaways.
61. Sober Nation
Sober Nation is a national resource center and online community for people seeking recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.
62. Sober Senorita
This blog is run by Kelly Fitzgerald. Kelly is an advocate for breaking the stigma of addiction. Striving to fit in with her peers and living the party girl lifestyle, Kelly quickly discovered her drinking habits were much more extreme than others, with devastating consequences. After escaping to Cancun, Mexico and living abroad for five years, she got sober in a spring breakers’ paradise. Today, she lives in Florida and writes about living life as a 20-something sober girl.
63. Sober Unicorn
Sober Unicorn is run by Cristina. Cristina has been sober since 2015. Sober Unicorn is an outlet for Cristina to be completely transparent and genuine. In this blog, Christina details her recovery experiences, and reveals her failures and awakenings as stepping stones so that others may know the grace that has found her.
64. The Discovering Alcoholic
The Discovering Alcoholic is run by Gavin. Gavin is a recovering alcoholic since 1994. He started the blog back in 2007 and offers the blog as an attempt to lessen the stigma associated with addiction and to encourage others to share in this confidence or feel more inclined to seek help.
65. The Hurt Healer
The Hurt Healer is run by Carolyn Hughes. Carolyn is a freelance writing specialising in addiction and mental health issues. She overcame her own alcoholism and depression in the past. The Hurt Healer has a thriving community of worldwide members who want to make their own journey to emotional wholeness and empowered living. The blog reflects Carolyn’s passion to inspire others to live their lives as the person they were meant to be.
66. The Immortal Alcoholic
The Immortal Alcoholic is run by Linda Doyne. This blog details the effect of being a non-alcoholic person married to an end-stage alcoholic. This blog also provides useful insight and facts concerning the complexities of conflicting information.
67. The Soberwold
TheSoberWorld Magazine is published monthly and provides addiction resources and recovery services.
68. The Sobriety Collective
The Sobriety Collective is run by Laura. Laura’s aim is to create a living, breathing community of sober individuals. Laura advocates a mental health approach to addiction treatment.
69. The Spirit of Recovery
The Spirit of Recovery is a blog written by Ron, a 57-year-old recovered alcoholic. Ron attributes his success in recovery to AA. Ron’s blog aims to help those who still suffer in the problem or struggle to maintain a fragile sobriety.
70. The Unruffled
The Unruffled is run by Sondra. Sondra has been in recovery since 2014. Sondra’s blog details her experiences in recovery. Sondra helps people fill the void created when drugs and alcohol are abandoned.
71. Tired of Thinking About Drinking
Tired of Thinking About Drinking is a blog written by Belle. This blog details belle’s journey to sobriety. The website includes blog posts, Belle’s 100 day sober challenge and a sober ‘jumpstart’.
72. Tommy Rosen
Tommy Rosen has been in recovery for over 23 years and learned first-hand how to move beyond addiction to true healing and freedom, one breath at a time.
73. Transformation Is Real
Transformation Is Real shares stories, books, and podcasts about personal transformation, resilience and addiction.
74. Veronica Valli
Veronica has worked as an therapist specialising in addiction for over 10 years; her experience includes working with young people in the criminal justice system, primary care adult treatment, outreach services and in private practice. Veronica has also worked in local government (in the UK) delivering the local drug and alcohol strategy.
75. Waking Up The Ghost
Waking up the Ghost follows Marilyn Spiller’s life in recovery. She’s been dry since 2013. Marilyn’s blog offers many inspiration posts for people either in recovery or contemplating life in recovery.
76. What Me Sober
What Me Sober is run by Bill. Bill has been a recovering alcoholic since 1989. Bill uses his blog to write about life in recovery. Bill started off blogging about Buddhism, but he now focuses on recovery.
77. William White Papers
This site contains the full text of more than 300 articles, 8 monographs, 30+ recovery tools, 9 book chapters, 3 books, and links to an additional 15 books written by William White and co-authors over the past four decades as well as more than 100 interviews with addiction treatment and recovery leaders.
78. Yoga and Recovery
Yoga Recovery is run by Kyczy Hawk. Kyczy is a yoga teacher, and her primary focus is providing classes designed to help people recovering from addiction.
79. The Rehab Blog
The Rehab Blog is a UK Blog focusing on alcohol addiction and recovery.
80. Your First Step
Your First Step is an addiction referral business based in the USA. Your First Step offers engaging blog articles covering addiction and recovery.
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