Episode 93

I had the privilege of “meeting” Jean McCarthy as a guest on her podcast, The Bubble Hour. She was a gracious host, providing a place for people to tell their stories of recovery. It was after the interview that we talked, not as two podcasters or content creators, but as two women in recovery. She told me about a group called She Recovers. I’d never heard of it. 

Here we are a year later and She Recovers has become part of my life. I chair meetings there every so often and am part of a great group of women who are in healthcare or allied professions. When I began thinking about the event that my colleague Dr. Jenny Hughes and I are putting on in August, I thought about Jean. Her presence is so comforting and encouraging. Her humility is so evident. I’m so happy to bring her story to you today. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 

About our Guest 

Jean McCarthy is an award-winning author, blogger and podcaster who is best-known as a voice of recovery advocacy.

Jean’s books include UnPickled Prepare to be Alcohol-Free (2022), UnPickled Holiday Survival Guide (2019), and a volume of recovery poetry, The Ember Ever There (2020). 

Her blog UnPickled began in 2011 and has continued to chronicle Jean’s alcohol-free lifestyle since her first day of sobriety. Thousands of readers credit UnPickled as a motivating factor in their decision to quit drinking.

Jean joined The Bubble Hour podcast as a co-host in 2013. She took over the weekly program as its sole producer and host in 2016. The show has a devoted and enthusiastic listenership with more than 4 million downloads.

At a gala in New York City, Jean received the 2017 SheRecovers Hope Award in recognition of her efforts to help others seek positive changes in their lives.

She lives in Alberta, Canada with her husband Ross and dog Scout.


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