In honor of Alcohol Awareness Month I am excited to bring you a conversation with my dear friend Michelle Smith who is normalizing sobriety in our boozy culture.

Michelle left corporate after 20 years with nothing more than passion, a laptop, and a dream. She is proud to have created “Recovery is the New Black,” a digital community that touches thousands. Her passion for maternal mental health emerged after becoming a mother herself. Alcohol became a coping tool, eventually resulting in severe alcohol use disorder. Her unique blend of education and personal experience serves her well in supporting moms postpartum who are reaching for alcohol to cope with the hard seasons of motherhood.

As an educated professional working in the addiction field, she never imagined she would find myself struggling to find a healthy relationship with alcohol. She has learned no amount of alcohol is good for her, and she is far from alone. Addiction does not discriminate, and no one is immune. She went from a depressed, anxious mom using alcohol daily to numb, to living a life of confidence, freedom, and purpose. She recovers out loud to let others know alcohol is not an accessory to motherhood.

Michelle and I talk about how anyone can find themselves struggling with addiction, what to do when you realize you want to change, and why you are not alone if you want to live sober and happy.


Here’s what you will learn:

  • How Michelle recognized her own harmful behavior (5:21)
  • How addiction doesn’t discriminate and how reaching for mind altering chemicals to feel better is a slippery slope (12:03)
  • Why confronting recovery is difficult but lifesaving (20:31)
  • Myths about drinking alcohol (22:00)
  • How to let go of shame, embrace change and claim your happiness  (27:44)
  • How alcohol keeps you from getting restorative sleep (32:19)
  • Why accountability was important to Michelle sharing her story (41:53)

What did you learn from this episode? Share on Instagram and tag me at @amberlylagomotivation @recoveryisthenewblack so we can see!


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