Real Sobriety Podcast



Alcoholic and addict Robert McClellan shares recovery tips, stories, and his experiences in sobriety and addiction recovery. An oasis of reason and encouragement for anyone seeking a caring voice about recovery from addiction. Honest and open, Robert is down-to-earth, humorous, and a passionate advocate for removing the stigma of addiction. Alcoholics, addicts, anyone with an interest or investment in sobriety will find these short podcasts interesting and inspiring. A writer, filmmaker, prison nurse, and sobriety coach, Robert's website is at


  • Reading Sober Bob's New Book and Now a Video Podcast!

    19/09/2021 Duração: 07min

    New! Reading From Sober Bob's Bathroom Book and new video podcast announcement! Real Sobriety podcast now on video at Youtube!

  • New Book Released: Sober Bob's Bathroom Book

    21/08/2021 Duração: 14min

    Just published my newest book: "Sober Bob's Bathroom Book" - Advice to help you stay sober. And I traveled to the U.S. for the first time in two years! I almost didn't make it back across the Canadian border because of the Covid-19 protocols!

  • Is Marking Time in Recovery a Good Thing?

    23/07/2021 Duração: 09min

    Is celebrating our sobriety anniversaries a good practice? Or should we stick to the One Day At A Time formula? Robert shares some personal news and talks about the dog days of a sober summer.

  • Sober Pride

    13/06/2021 Duração: 05min

    June is Pride month and I share how things have not always been smooth for our LGBTQ+ cousins in the recovery fellowships like Alcoholics Anonymous.

  • Getting Sober for Dummies

    23/05/2021 Duração: 10min

    I found the first script I ever wrote for a 15 year old podcast!  It is amazing how simple the program of recovery can be if we just do some simple things - Don't Drink, Go to Meetings, Pray, Talk to Sponsors, and Repeat. I share that first ever podcast idea with you and hope it applies to your successful recovery!

  • Past and Future of the Recovery Community

    09/05/2021 Duração: 07min

    Robert shares thoughts on the past history and the technology and innovation driven future of the recovery community.

  • Time For Some Tolerance

    20/04/2021 Duração: 06min

    From polarized political ideologies to racism, classism, sexism and homophobia, it sometimes seems like the fragile threads that hold a society together are near the breaking point. It is almost enough to make a happy person in recovery relapse. Except - that at the heart of most recovery programs is a philosophy of tolerance, empathy, and service to others. It begins with us. In recovery we learn to get out of our own heads and reach out to help others. Besides the obvious benefits of abstaining from drugs and alcohol, we receive the gifts of empathy and tolerance - even when we don’t agree politically, socially, or culturally, we serve ourselves and the world at large by accepting others and not just tolerating - but embracing our differences.

  • The Detox Experience

    08/04/2021 Duração: 09min

    The drug and alcohol detox experience is a tough challenge in the short-term, but the long-term benefits of getting clean and sober are worth it. Robert shares his own experience with detox.

  • Newcomers to Sobriety - Speak Out

    31/03/2021 Duração: 07min

    There is a well publicized and somewhat controversial situation involving a newcomer to sobriety who has been speaking out on TV and Radio. We live in a 21st century technological 24/7 connected world, where a newcomer can leverage the Internet and broadcasts to reach audiences of millions - we shouldn’t condemn them - we should encourage and admire their bravery to speak out and inspire others to find a path to recovery.

  • Using Cannabis in Recovery

    24/03/2021 Duração: 07min

    Can we use cannabis in recovery? Some people in AA are being shunned and criticized for using cannabis even as they have abstained from alcohol and are working the 12 Step program.

  • How to Stay Sober? Stay Connected!

    17/03/2021 Duração: 12min

    What is the number one thing we can do to stay clean and sober? Stay connected with other people - those people who lift us up and empower our sobriety.

  • Can Alcoholics Ever Drink Again?

    10/03/2021 Duração: 06min

    Can alcoholics with time in recovery ever drink like normal people again? Robert shares his views and experience with this timeless question.

  • We Get Addicted to the Limitations of Our Stories

    03/03/2021 Duração: 08min

    Robert shares his early emotional story of poverty, loss, grief, and resentment that he had to overcome to get into addiction recovery.  We get addicted to our story and think that we can't change it - but we can flip the script in recovery.

  • Relapse in Addiction Recovery - These Are Stressful Times

    23/02/2021 Duração: 06min

    During these stressful times, many of us are relapsing. The emotional and mental health challenges of living through the Covid-19 pandemic must be considered in the addiction recovery community.

  • Recovery in These Weird Times

    17/02/2021 Duração: 08min

    Weird times, these. A Covid Pandemic leading to lockdowns, illness and grief but still we must find a way to work our addiction recovery programs and be connected to the recovery community. Plus, lots of updates about the podcast and a new website!

  • Real Sobriety Ep. 112

    24/06/2020 Duração: 05min

    Racism in the recovery community. It is up to those of us who have been around for a while to call it out.

  • Real Sobriety Ep.111

    11/06/2020 Duração: 03min

    Three months into our Covid-19 pandemic and some of our addiction recovery and sober community have gone back out.

  • Special COVID-19 Quarantine Episode

    19/04/2020 Duração: 32min

    In this special episode Jill and Robert team up to present a combination Into The Planet and Real Sobriety Podcast discussing the pandemic, relationships, isolation, recovery, and what the world may look like once we are all able to join each other again outside. 

  • Real Sobriety Podcast Ep. 109

    08/02/2020 Duração: 08min

    The addiction recovery journey continues. Robert shares a few bite-sized snippets of how to be happy in successful recovery and where the podcast has been.

  • Is Addiction a Disease? A Choice? A Moral Failing? Who Cares?!!

    14/10/2019 Duração: 10min

    Is addiction a disease? A moral failing? A choice? Who cares?!! Robert shares his thoughts on this controversial subject that often comes up in discussions of alcoholism and drug addiction.

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