The Bubble Hour is a weekly podcast hosted by recovery author and blogger, Jean McCarthy.
Real People. Real Stories. Real Hope.
The "Bubble" is what we use to stay safe and happy in sobriety (especially early sobriety). We surround ourselves with things and people who bring us joy, laughter and comfort. What do you put in YOUR bubble?
Victoria Vanstone examines the lighter side of life after alcohol on her blog Drunk Mummy Sober Mummy and podcast Sober Awkward.
"Me and booze don’t go well together, its like bunk beds and ceiling fans – the two just don’t work," says Victoria. "There are always disastrous results and it’s just taken me a million hangovers to realise that I was always the drunkest person in the room."
"I know now that alcohol was not my friend," says Kim Bellas. Kim quit drinking to model alcohol-free living for her teenaged son, who has a medical condition that will require him to do the same. She didn't think her drinking was problematic until she experienced how great she felt with alcohol out of her life.
Kim created a website www.soberisthenewcool.org to spread positive messages and encouragement to others who endeavor to be sober. Sales of merchandise support The Douglas Foundation
IG: https://www.instagram.com/sober.is.the.new.cool/ * Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/soberisthenewcool.org/ * YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_tmHjBMjRmRj-HECQ3_Feg * Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn more about host Jean McCarthy, plus check out her books, and blog UnPickled by visiting her website at www.jeanmccarthy.ca
Betsy Byler is a woman in successful long-term recovery who is also a therapist. Betsy hosts a podcast aimed at educating therapists about addiction and recovery, "All Things Substance with Betsy Byler".
Betsy's website is www.betsybyler.com - links are there to contact Betsy and hear the podcast.
Host Jean McCarthy's website is www.jeanmccarthy.ca and includes links to her blog UnPickled and her latest book releases, as well. For more episodes, visit www.thebubblehour.com
Sherry Hoppen, Author of SOBER CYCLE
Sherry Hoppen is the founder of She Surrenders, a ministry encouraging women into faith-based recovery. As a Christian woman who has lived through the nightmare of addiction to alcohol, she helps others battling addiction through writing, speaking, coaching. Sherry leads weekly meetings for faith-based recovery in the group she started, Joyful Surrender. She regularly shares her journey with her trademark honesty and humor at women’s events, Bible studies, recovery retreats, and podcasts. In her book, Sober Cycle (New Hope Publishing, 2021), she shares her personal story of alcohol addiction and the nonsensical things she did to escape it.
An avid reader and cyclist, Sherry and her husband enjoy traveling and loving on their three grandsons.
* Visit host Jean McCarthy's website www.jeanmccarthy.ca for more links and information about this episode and The Bubble Hour.
Summer Update from Jean
Host Jean McCarthy returns from an unplanned 3-week break and shares stories and insights from her time away.
Plus information from Recovery Research Institute on the effectiveness of various recovery programs, celebrating and recognizing Bubble Hour milestones, listener letters, and thoughts on the one-year anniversary of the release of The Ember Ever There by Jean McCarthy.
Jenny's path to recovery included several "fasts" from alcohol - planned, supported breaks for 30 or more days as she worked to envision her life without drinking. When her father died, she longed to honor her grief by feeling it fully. She now sees how living alcohol-free allows her to live engage more actively in her life. As a writer, Jenny feared that alcohol was entwined with creativity--but has discovered the very opposite is true! She has used the down time during the covid pandemic to turn her attentions to a novel she wrote decades earlier. Of Butterflies and Bullies is loosley based on Jenny's experience of being bullied in her pre-teen years, and the project has been healing and gratifying.
Visit https://www.butterfliesbullies.com to learn more and purchase the book.
Follow Jenny on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/dalton_jen
Host Jean McCarthy's website is https://jeanmccarthy.ca and her blog UnPickled is at http://www.unpickledblog.com
How many stars do you give a podcast that helped saved your life? This podcast has been my North Star through the pandemic and I will be forever grateful and a listener. I even drink Ovaltine on my more challenging nights…thank you, thank you, thank you Jean and the courageous guests willing to share a their stories!!!
I’ve been listening to this podcast for nearly 7 years. I’ll be 7 years sober next month and this show was an absolute life saver for me in early sobriety. It helped me to not feel so alone and gave me a sense of community even while alone in my own home. Perhaps one day I’ll be brave enough to come on and share my story. Thank you, Jean! You do a wonderful job and are so eloquent when communicating your thoughts and feelings.
Free in that way
Thank you for such a perfectly timed episode. Summer drinking scenarios gave me deep reflections back to my days. Felt very familiar and personal. Loaded with nostalgia