Michelle Smith is a bestselling author, keynote speaker, and the founder of Recovery is the New Black, a digital community for women living or exploring an alcohol-free life. Michelle struggled for years with alcohol addiction that looked like “overdoing it.” In reality, she was drinking to escape the stresses of life—and the “mommy juice” drinking culture was helping her self-destruct. Since getting sober in 2016, she integrates both her personal experience in recovery and professional experience as a mental health and addiction advocate toward normalizing sobriety in our boozy culture.
In this episode:
- Michelle’s recovery journey
- The dangers of “Mommy Wine Culture”
- Marketing by Big Alcohol
- Addressing stigma at work
- Perfectionism and people-pleasing
- Socializing & making friends sober
- Patchworks to recovery
- The power of journaling
- Michelle’s top tips
Michelle’s work has been featured on The Today Show, TEDx, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Scary Mommy, NBC, ABC, and more. Michelle lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family and adorable dog.