19 episodes

For all of the moms who have felt chained to their bottles who are suffering in silence as we did.

For the moms who put on a mask every day for those around them. For the moms who are sick and tired of being sick and tired. You are in the right place. Come on in.

Leslie Shapiro, a New York/New Jersey native, and Vanessa Merlini, a Seattle native, hit it off when they met in a recovery meeting at the beginning of the global pandemic in March of 2020.

Leslie's direct and witty approach, combined with Vanessa's gentle spirit creates a space for healing, honest conversations, and friendship that everyone can relate to.

Whether you have been sober for 10 minutes, 10 years, or not sober at all, please join us as we get to know each other - literally! We will talk about our recovery journeys and do our part to reduce the shame and stigma associated with being a mom and being an alcoholic/addict. A spectacular life is possible. We promise.

Secrets of a Sober Mom Underdog Podcasts

    • Personal Journals
    • 4.5 • 28 Ratings

For all of the moms who have felt chained to their bottles who are suffering in silence as we did.

For the moms who put on a mask every day for those around them. For the moms who are sick and tired of being sick and tired. You are in the right place. Come on in.

Leslie Shapiro, a New York/New Jersey native, and Vanessa Merlini, a Seattle native, hit it off when they met in a recovery meeting at the beginning of the global pandemic in March of 2020.

Leslie's direct and witty approach, combined with Vanessa's gentle spirit creates a space for healing, honest conversations, and friendship that everyone can relate to.

Whether you have been sober for 10 minutes, 10 years, or not sober at all, please join us as we get to know each other - literally! We will talk about our recovery journeys and do our part to reduce the shame and stigma associated with being a mom and being an alcoholic/addict. A spectacular life is possible. We promise.

    Welcome to Season Two!

    Welcome to Season Two!

    We are back! We have really missed you and are so excited to kick-off season 2 with an exciting new change. Vanessa Merlini joins the Secrets of a Sober Mom team as a cohost.

    Hear how an east coast girl from New Jersey comes together with a west coast girl from Seattle in a time of Covid-19. How we had a vision about how to share with you our incredible stories and insight about our journey through recovery.

    With our similar core values but different approaches and styles, you will get a glimpse into how we make a perfect team.

    • 32 min
    Season 2 ZOOM Promo

    Season 2 ZOOM Promo

    We are looking forward to a fabulous season 2! Please help us kick-off the season with a zoom meeting. This is a great way to get to know us and learn about the podcast if you have never tuned in.

    The Zoom Meeting can be found here:

    Time: Nov 9, 2020 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

    https://us05web.zoom.us/j/81613160508?pwd=REpXMmlOcTZWeTZKMHU3RVg5TWNXdz09

    Meeting ID: 849 6472 8399
    Passcode: 72U2sj
    Follow me on Social Media: Leslie Shapiro on Facebook, leslieshapiro_ on Instagram.

    If you have five minutes, five hours, five days, five years, or if you are just sober curious, please join us. I know what it feels like to be chained to the bottle. I know what it feels like to be terrified to continue drinking but also be terrified to stop. I promise, there is a solution.

    Looking forward to meeting everyone next Monday at 8 pm!

    • 1 min
    Hope and a Higher Power

    Hope and a Higher Power

    In this season finale episode, I talk to MY sponsor Tara about hope and higher power and sponsorship.

    Tara is a mother of 2 and has 16 years sober. Her kindness and wisdom to me have been truly a gift. It is great to have her on the show to wrap up this first season of this show, which has played a big part in my continued recovery.

    It is always special when you are in recovery and you connect with someone whom you admire and respect. We talk about the fierce love we both have for our children and family and how living a sober life has enabled us to become the very best version of ourselves.

    • 37 min
    First Love - Full Circle (Kind Of)

    First Love - Full Circle (Kind Of)

    In this episode, I go down memory lane with my very first young love Gregg.

    We reminisce about how we were both such straight-arrow kids, the fun we had as adolescents in love and how we lost touch for decades, and how we reconnected as recovering addicts.

    Gregg shares his story about being a big wig on Wall Street to losing it all. Like so many of us, Gregg was given the desperation and decided to turn hods life around for his young daughter.

    Through the help of a 12 step program, loving friends and family, He now is living a wonderful life of recovery and proudly shares his story to help others who are struggling.

    • 54 min
    The Gift of Failure: A Conversation with Jessica Lahey

    The Gift of Failure: A Conversation with Jessica Lahey

    Jessica is a teacher, writer, and mom. Over twenty years, she's taught every grade from sixth to twelfth in both public and private schools. She writes about education, parenting, and child welfare for The Atlantic, Vermont Public Radio, The Washington Post and the New York Times and is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed. She is a member of the Amazon Studios Thought Leader Board and wrote the educational curriculum for Amazon Kids' The Stinky and Dirty Show.

    • 48 min
    Getting Dirty and Staying Clean: A Conversation with Amy Dresner

    Getting Dirty and Staying Clean: A Conversation with Amy Dresner

    Amy Dresner is a journalist, author, and former comedian as well as a recovering addict and alcoholic. She has been a columnist for the addiction/recovery magazine TheFix.com since 2012 and has freelanced for addiction.com, Psychology Today, Vice, and many other publications.

    In this episode, Amy and I touch on many topics including service to others, recognizing that there are many paths to recovery and of course her wildly funny and poignant book, My Fair Junkie: A Memoir of Getting Dirty and Staying Clean.

    Amy talks openly and honestly and about her 20 year battle with sex, drugs and alcohol addiction, and what happens when she finally emerges on the other side.

    Catch her new Podcast Rehab Confidential-You will learn and laugh until your ribs hurt.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

jules2c ,

Truth to power!

Leslie is the embodiment of courage. Sharing her story of sobriety and giving a platform for others to be inspired by her story and even share theirs is what makes this podcast invaluable to all!

ChrisP98 ,

The first sober mom I could truly relate to!

Thank you, Leslie. I have three kids (sons 13 & 11, daughter-9), who have been living with a mom who blacksout, most nights of the week. My husband (their dad) has to pick up the pieces, and the whole family is in disarray. You, as well as your son, remind me of myself, and my oldest. You were my inspiration for turning this ship around.

katecernak14 ,

Question!

Loved the episode I just listened to...episode 5. You and your guest talk a lot about an author named Laura and how she’s so great but I can’t really make out what you’re saying her last name is! Please inform! Thank you ladies 👏

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