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A Look Inside an Online Sober Community with Janet Gourand

To 50 and Beyond

Release Date: 11/01/2023

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Episode 269 

Hello, friend! 

If you're sober curious or already committed to an alcohol-free lifestyle, but find yourself craving connections with others on the same path, this episode is for you.

I’ve invited, the incredible, Janet Gourand back to the podcast for the second time.

Janet is the Founder of Tribe Sober, an online sober community for men and women, and the host of the podcast by the same name, the Tribe Sober podcast.

In this episode, Janet and I talk about what an online community is, why joining one makes a difference in getting support in sobriety, and the "how-to's" and challenges of joining. 

Plus more! 

You can find this episodes full show notes and details here. 


I'll be back soon! 


I'm taking a short break! I will be back with new episodes on November 22nd. 

In the meantime, here are some listener favorites to add to your earbuds: 

Getting Sober Over 60 with Janet Gourand

How to Get Past "Forever Sober" Thinking with Anne and Leigh Walkup 

Midlife Women and Drinking 

Going Alcohol-Free Later in Life

Aging Sober with Jean McCarthy 


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