For Women’s History Month, I wanted to put together a list of women in recovery you should be following. Fortunately, there are now a large number of women who are talking about their recovery online. That makes it pretty difficult to make a list of only 10! I narrowed it down to some of my favorites who have engaging Instagram pages, may have written books, or blogs, and who are vocal about changing the recovering world with live in. They are in no particular order and I hope you’ll take the time to check them all out and give them a follow.
1. Annie Grace
If you’re sober or sober curious, chances are you’ve probably heard of This Naked Mind. Author Annie Grace has penned this trailblazing book, as well as her new one titled The Alcohol Experiment. Annie does it all, she offers a 30 day challenge, hosts a live event, has online video workshops, and even has a podcast, all about sobriety as a pathway to freedom. Her books get to the nitty gritty of your relationship with alcohol, helps remove the psychological dependence, and gives unmatched insight into the reasons why you drink.
2. Africa Brooke
Africa is a sober writer, speaker, and mindset coach who just about to launch her first transformational 1:1 coaching program. She is also the founder of Cherry Revolution, a movement that aims to break societal norms about women and sexuality. Her goal is to share her truth, while empowering other women to share theirs, removing shame and promoting worldwide sex education and sexual wellness. You can read her work on The Temper, Elephant Journal, and Metro.
3. Irina Gonzalez
Irina is a sober freelance writer who covers Latinx culture, sober living, and parenting. She recently got hired as the managing editor at The Temper. Her posts and writing include intersections we can all relate to about heritage, self-care, recovery, nutrition, sex, and more. She founded the newsletter Self-Care for Writers and openly shares about which audiobooks she is enjoying at the moment. I enjoy her refreshing take with The Temper and beyond.
4. Tammi Salas
When I think of art, I think of Tammi Salas. Tammi is an abstract painter, gratitude journal beautifier, co-founder of the Unruffled Podcast where she and Sondra Primeaux talk about creativity and recovery, and a self-published author. Following her is inspiring and lovely because her art makes you feel good. She is the co-creator of the Recovery Gals Art Exchange and she recently created an 11-day email course for “curious beginners.” Expressing yourself through art can help you recover, and Tammi gives us all hope of that.
5. Shari Hampton
Shari Hampton is the founder of Served Up Sober, a movement that provides real life tips and the raw truth about sober life. Shari has organized sober events, Meditation Monday classes, workshops, her own podcast, as well as a Facebook community called Black.Queer.Sober, a group devoted to black, queer, trans and questioning folks in recovery (or recovery curious) to support each other, socialize and create community. I look forward to seeing more of Shari’s work.
6. Connie McMillan
Connie, also known as the Sobriety Queen, is the founder of Cocktails with Chocolate, a non-alcoholic beverage company that teaches guests how to, “have a ball without alcohol.” She’s also a speaker, mentor, author, and one-on-one sobriety coach. Every year Connie hosts The Celebration of Sobriety Event, which empowers women to take action and live their dreams, regardless of their pasts. Her book, Alcohol Fiend to Sobriety Queen, 25 Tips to Putting Down the Bottle and Picking Up Your Crown, is now available for purchase.
7. Sober Girl Society
This bright, flashy, and quick-witted Instagram handle is fun to look at, inspiring to interact with, and provides hope for those of us who enjoy partying sober. The page, run by sober millennial Millie Gooch, gives us fun, shareable content, quotes, and tips on how to live sober. Sober Girl Society has pins for purchase to let everyone know that you’re part of the sober club, and founder Millie, is working on sober meet-ups and events in her native city, London, UK.
8. Taryn Strong
Taryn is co-founder of She Recovers, a non-profit organization that started as a Facebook page and now hosts recovery retreats, events where women who are recovering can connect in real life, online coaching programs, and yoga classes. Taryn uses yogic philosophies in all of her work after being certified in Yoga of Recovery and Yoga for Trauma. Developing She Recovers Yoga, Taryn has integrated yoga and meditation with spirituality and recovery principles from a variety of recovery pathways.
9. Laura Silverman
Silverman is a teetotaling mental health warrior who founded The Sobriety Collective, a community of substance-free creatives who make contributions to music, film, writing, fashion, technology, education, fitness, and more. Her website has become a recovery hub, where visitors can shop, browse through sober blogs, podcasts, resources, as well as read recovery profiles of sober creatives who are changing the world.
10. Sober Girls Guide
A Sober Girls Guide is run by Jessica Jeboult, a coach and motivational speaker, podcast host and blogger. Her Instagram feed is all about sober news and inspiring quotes, while her website is a place for honest conversations about mental health, wellness, and self-development. Her mission is to provide you with tools, guidance, and motivation to help you navigate your recovery.
Kelly Fitzgerald Junco
Kelly Fitzgerald Junco is a sober writer based in Southwest Florida who is best known for her personal blog The Adventures of a Sober Señorita. Her work has been published across the web including sites like The Huffington Post, Thought Catalog, Ravishly, SheKnows, Elite Daily, The Fix, Brit + Co, Addiction Unscripted and AfterPartyMagazine. She is currently writing a memoir.