Written By Lara Frazier, MBA
Marketing Director @ AddictionUnscripted
The online community of sober blogs and recovery writers has provided an outlet for the over 24 million Americans who are currently suffering from addiction or alcohol abuse. This number does not even begin to touch those who have been personally affected by addiction.
AddictionUnscripted is a platform dedicated to breaking the stigma of addiction and bringing the voices of recovery together in a united front. We know everyone has a story and we’ve created a community that embraces brokenness and allows us to share our truths and use our voices to move the conversation about addiction and alcoholism forward. In writing about our triumphs and tribulations as they relate to addiction, we bring the conversation about addiction into the public eye, and we connect and serve the millions of Americans who are still struggling with their own abuse.
Our choices for the recipients of AddictionUnscripted’s Top 25 Recovery Bloggers of 2016 were based on the originality of content, the frequency of updates, and the voice they carry in the recovery space. The list is as follows, and in no particular order.
Sasha Tozzi is a recovery and lifestyle coach and an empowering and innovative writer. Her sober blog is dedicated to teaching others what she’s learned from her own addiction, mental health struggles, and bad decisions. She writes in a clever and relatable voice and offers tidbits and insights into her own soul.
Sasha describes herself as a quote junkie, a lover of the oxford comma, a whole-hearted INFP, and a believer in miracles that are beyond reasonable to most. Her goal in creating her blog, was to help people recover themselves. She believes life is way too wonderful to spend it hating yourself.
This Naked Mind
Annie Grace is the writer behind This Naked Mind. Her book, with the same title, highlights a new approach, involving the process of Liminal thinking, that focuses on understanding how we construct and change our beliefs in order to help gain freedom from alcohol. As opposed to teaching you how to be sober, Annie Grace shows you how the desire to drink can be removed.
She advocates that the focus is not on staying sober, but on living a life of freedom and joy. On her recovery blog, Annie focuses on answering commonly asked questions related to alcohol, as well as offering a wide variety of “How To” articles as they relate to living an alcohol free life.
It’s hip to be sober and Tawny Lara proves this. Tawny asks you to follow her on her journey as she swaps booze for tea in Jersey City and NYC. Tawny began writing her sober blog to document her life, after she chose to give up alcohol for one full year. She writes about staying sober at weddings, during holidays, what naked yoga is like, how meditation improves her soul, and the parallels between bulimia and addiction. Tawny is redefining the definition of #YOLO through her blog and her work.
Dawn Nickel and Taryn Strong are the incredible mother/daughter duo behind She Recovers. The She Recovers ladies encourage all pathways of recovery and warmly welcome women who are recovering in all areas of their lives.
The site is open to all women in recovery, and features beneficial tools such as a reading room, recovery coach profiles, retreat information, yoga insight, and written pieces about topics such as gratitude and emotional reflections. Any woman who visits the She Recovers site will gain valuable insight into the world of recovery.
That Sober Life
Robin Bright’s goal in creating That Sober Life was to bring encouragement and hope to the recovery community through collective stories and personal reflections.
The site shares testimonies of those who have battled addiction, as well as reflections of those who have been affected by addiction. Robin has included her own daughter’s personal experience of living with a mother who is addicted to drugs and alcohol. The site advocates harm reduction as it relates to Opioid abuse and is active in promoting the life-saving benefits of the prescription drug, Narcon, a heroin overdose antidote.
Magz Shores, the writer behind Sober Courage, falsely believed that alcohol gave her courage and bravery. In her blog, Sober Courage, Magz provides a wide variety of resources and tools on how to stay sober and how to maintain sobriety through difficult events, times, and relationships. She hosts an assortment of features including her “Friday Night Pep-Talks” which were born out of Magz belief that Friday nights are some of the loneliest and most difficult times in early sobriety.
My Truth Starts Here
Melissa Johnson began My Truth Starts Here with a purpose to find and uncover her authentic self. She is very open about her experience being a sober mom and journals about what it was like to have her own children taken out of her care and put into a foster home. She writes about her past relapses and the lessons she learned from each of them.
Melissa is a very honest writer and shows an immense amount of bravery in discussing all the details of her past. Her voice provides hope to other families and mothers who are struggling with addiction.
Miracles Are Brewing
Carly Benson, the woman behind Miracles Are Brewing, describes herself as “a recovered addict turned Christian, writer, believer of miracles and habit-busting, life change activist aspiring to motivate others as a sobriety and life coach.”
Carly offers her readers a unique perspective on her life and how she lives as a sober woman. She’s vivacious and vibrant and works to ensure her words are authentic and real. Her articles feature titles like “Sober is the New Cool” and “I’m Sober, not Boring.”
The Unruffled is probably one of the most unique recovery blogs I have ever come across. It is a site devoted to unleashing your creative power.
Sondra Primeaux created The Unruffled in the hopes that the reader will:
“consume some art, ingest some words, and devour some impressions that may serve as a catalyst for your own creative start in your recovery.”
Sondra is a beautiful writer and posts unique content that includes posts about Michelle Obama, tarot cards, freak flags, and “How To’s” on creating unique art and clothing, such as magical unicorn headbands and dreamcatchers.
Jean McCarthy began her recovery blog on the first day of her sobriety and has been writing ever since. Her site shares her own personal struggles, but also offers insightful and useful information on navigating through a sober life.
Her blog has touched the hearts of thousands of people and Jean is active in offering new content and refreshing revelations about sobriety.
Transformation Is Real
Daniel Maurer, the man behind Transformation is Real, is a published and respected author, a dynamic speaker and recovery advocate, and a mentor to a number of sober bloggers. He says:
“Writing is the only art where the canvas stands ready for the brush and the paint – in the mind of your reader”
Daniel writers and shares about transformation and provides hope to the countless number of readers who still suffer in their own addictions. He is an advocate for change and brings a genuine and relatable voice to the recovery space. Transformation is Real gives you real stories of change from real people.
Holly Whitaker of Hip Sobriety works to change the conversation about sobriety, addiction, and alcohol abuse. When Holly went to a doctor to get treatment for her alcohol addiction, the doctor gave her two options – go to a 12 step meeting or go to treatment. In Holly’s words, she says,
“I wanted a modern, affordable, beautiful, accessible, empowering, self-directed recovery that reflected who I was as an individual – and that didn’t exist. So I created what I wished for -recovery as I would have it.”
She introduces the reader to a variety of holistic tools that helped her in her own recovery, including rituals and processes such as meditation, nutrition, Kundalini yoga, breathwork, dancing, anger-release techniques, EFT, mantras and relationship-building tools. Her approach to addiction treatment is empowering, holistic, fluid and unique. She is a fresh and diverse voice that advocates for a different conversation on addiction. Holly believes that sobriety allows us to awaken to our best selves and it is actually our greatest gift.
Nancy Carr is the writer of Last Call, a raw and honest memoir about her alcoholism and cocaine addiction. Her sober blog is dedicated to bringing awareness about alcoholism, addiction, and recovery. She decided to start blogging when she discovered the amazing online recovery community that included a variety of recovery resources.
Nancy blogs about her life, which includes recovery, alcoholism, the beach, being sober in a non-sober world, her dog, Lucy, and her sober husband. She shares her recovery insights and also writes a majority of helpful lists about recovery and sobriety. Nancy is a well-known voice in the recovery space as she openly shares her struggles and her successes as they relate to her own sobriety.
The Sobriety Collective
Laura Silverman of The Sobriety Collective has created a recovery blog revolving around community and connection with other sober folk. In her own words, Laura says her
“vision for the collective is to have a living, breathing community of awesome SOBER people, making contributions in music, film, writing, fashion, technology, beauty, business, comedy, photography/art, philanthropy, education, fitness, wherever/whatever/whoever YOU are.”
The Sobriety Collective features Recovery Profiles, Sober Stock, and a number of entertaining and interesting articles written by Laura on all subjects grounded in her personal recovery and her mental health. Her Link Love section contains some of the best resources in finding other sober writers, non-profits, activists, and other mental health and recovery websites.
Miracle of the Mundane
Mark Goodson is about as sincere and genuine as they come. His writing offers honest reflections of his own personal experiences in addiction and recovery. He is a talented and skilled writer and his site is constantly updated with new content. He also writes poetry and recently published a beautiful piece about the Orlando Massacre. Mark finds ordinary life to be a miracle, thus his title “The Miracle of the Mundane.”
Aaron Lee Perry
Aaron Lee Perry is a creative genius. He has so many projects going on, it’s difficult to even fully describe all he does. His work is beautiful. He is an illustrator, a writer, a clothing designer, a painter, and a design master. Along with all the incredible collections of art on his website, Aaron writes about his own sobriety. He highlights his daily thoughts which include topics like fatherhood, self-doubt, fear, failure, and the appreciation of his life in sobriety.
Kristi Coulter is an incredibly talented writer. There is no doubt about it. Her sober blog, Off-Dry is a relevant and relatable story of what it’s like for a woman maintaining sobriety in a world that’s full of non-sober people and booze filled events. Kristy is witty, clever, and unique. Each piece is titled with her day count and expresses her current feelings at that time in her sobriety. She’s written incredible pieces about “killing the yes” and her most recent piece is a progressive, modern-day online alcoholism self-assessment quiz for today’s woman.
Liv’s Recovery Kitchen
Olivia Penelle is the writer behind the incredible recovery blog, Liv’s Recovery Kitchen. Olivia is a nutrition and recovery advocate. Although the foundation of Liv’s recovery is grounded in a 12- step fellowship, she believes in a holistic and fluid approach to recovery.
Liv discovered that nutrition and exercise were vital aspects to her recovery. Her blog features three sections: interviews with prominent figures in the recovery and nutrition space, personal recipes, and her own written reflections about recovery.
Laura McKowen is a beautiful and compelling writer. I’ve described her words as “heaven on a page.” Her writing offers unique and insightful tips on navigating a life of sobriety. Laura describes herself as a mama, writer, light-seeker, and recovery warrior.
She believes that
“We desperately need each other’s most honest stories-to know that we are not alone, to learn how to move through life, and to remember who we are.”
Laura is a truth-teller – vulnerable, real, authentic, insightful, reflective and powerful. Her work truly is adventures in truth-telling.
The Sober Señorita
Kelly Fitzgerald AKA The Sober Senorita describes herself as a reformed party girl. She is an advocate for women in sobriety and believes that “sobriety is self-love.” Her articles are always personal, but they offer a wide variety of useful tips in how to live a sober life.
She’s fun, expressive, and shows how you can live a life beyond your wildest dreams in sobriety. Kelly writes for various other publications, including The Huffington Post, where she has her own blog on being in recovery!
The Recovery Revolution.Online
The Recovery Revolution is one of the most visual appealing sites you will come across in the recovery space. But, that’s not even the best thing about it. Chris Aguirre has created a community of people in recovery that are now connected. He has truly started A Recovery Revolution.
There are a variety of different creative and educational resources, including perspectives, insights, reflections, artwork, comical relief, and recovery revelations. His site features some of the best names, voices, artists, and writers in the recovery world and it’s constantly evolving. And while this isn’t a list of top podcasts, you can’t mention The Recovery Revolution without mentioning the highly acclaimed podcast that Chris runs every Wednesday night with his friends Jeff and Matt. The Recovery Revolution continues to be a space to watch (and listen).
The Napkin Chapters
Poetry is not a lost art and Zach Nelson’s work proves this. Zach’s poetry is hosted on Daniel Maurer’s site, Transformation is Real, but it’s quickly gaining traction through the social media realms.
His visuals are colorful and striking, but his words can move you to tears. The poems are short, and usually only five lines at most, but he can say so much, with so little. And this is the best thing about poetry, and Zach’s work. How five little lines can define your entire life.
Tammi Salas’s blogs are some of the most visual appealing pieces I’ve ever read and witnessed. She’s not only a talented writer, but a beautiful artist. The majority of her content is devoted to highlighting each month of her sobriety. When Tammi was first getting sober, she looked for resources that provided the feelings around each milestone of sobriety.
She created her sober blog in the hopes of providing others an insight into the feelings and experiences that are associated with each month of her sobriety. Tammi’s work highlights her artistic skills, but also takes you through her real, intense, personal, and vulnerable feelings as it relates to her sobriety.
Cristina Ferri is a grateful sober unicorn. Cristina created her recovery blog with a mission to inspire others to be mindful, kind, and courageous in their journey through recovery. Her blog expresses some of her deepest emotions and she is about as genuine and transparent as they come.
The Sober Unicorn is also a non-profit organization that raises money to provide newly sober people with products that they may need in order to transition into a new life of sobriety.
Life To Be Continued
Beth Leipholtz proves that you can get sober at any age. Beth got sober at 20 years old. She writes about her ever evolving sober life, the pitfalls of sobriety, how she avoids relapse, her experience in dating sober, and general reflections on the life of a 20-something year old.
Her site features a variety of stories related to her sobriety, but it also takes you into a real-life account of her own life and her own personal experiences in what it’s like to be an adult.