The Two Roads Travelled Podcast is about raising awareness about the impact of alcohol misuse on families, educating everyone about alcohol addiction, discussing news and views to change perceptions and judgements. Changing and influencing social norms. Opening the conversation outside of the immediate issue and into society. There are no limits of discussion that we wouldn't take part in and encourage others to do the same. Alcoholism needs to be an education to others.

Two Roads Travelled Podcast Episodes:

The podcast is released every two weeks on a Sunday. Series 2 starts again on 15th December.

We're always looking for people to be interviewed, so if you have lived experience or are a professional working in the alcohol recovery industry and have experience, we'd love to hear from you. Click here to email us. 

Series 1

This is the last episode in the series. We're very excited to be talking to Kieron James, an ex pub landlord and in recovery himself. The topic for today is Alcohol and Social Norms. Alcohol is trivialised too much and we need to change that. 

In episode 5  we have John McMahon with us talking about his experience and the addictive personality linked so closely to addiction and the way it affected him and people around him at the time. 

In episode 2 we'll be looking at addiction in prison. Jo and Paula are excited to welcome Greg who shares his story of his addiction whilst being in prison, after years of living with his father's alcoholism he began using drugs in his early teens and as a result by the time he was 16 Greg was opiate dependant. Also joining the conversation is Tania who works in a female prison as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Trauma Informed Care Lead. 

Episode 7 is around alcohol misuse in the workplace, the dangers, connection to mental health and what companies can do to support staff. We'll be talking with charlotte. who lives in Wales and has been supporting professionals to develop their practice within the substance misuse sector for the past 10 years.
There has been a change to the schedule, this week Jo and Paula are chatting to Joanna from the C3 Foundation Europe. the award winning charity. They'll be discussing The Sinclair Method (TSM), this is a medication assisted treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder. The medication is available from GP's and has been for quite some time, not that you'd know it!

In this episode Paula and Jo talk about alcohol misuse in general, what it is, what it looks like, the impact and guests Paul and Harry share their views. Paul is a social drinker and Harry is a recovering alcoholic. 

The trauma that families of drinkers face is complex and often undetected, many experience PTSD either first hand or second hand, often not being dealt with until later in life, if at all. Jane Evans (trauma expert) joins Jo and Paula to discuss these matters. 

In this episode Paula and Jo will be chatting to Kevin Hempstead from KH Counselling, Kevin is a humanistic counsellor with extensive experience in addiction, childhood sexual abuse and bereavement. We'll be discussing the impact of alcohol misuse on the families.  

This is the introduction episode (so if you're new here, have a listen to give you an insight into who we are). We're both experienced living with and being affected by alcohol and we had different ways of dealing with life and the complications it threw at us. Being at polar ends of our coping strategies, after many years we've come to the same agreement, alcohol needs to be discussed and put out there because it damages and kills. 

We can all play a part in changing perceptions and judgements around alcohol, it's misuse and those it impacts

The video below gives a brief insight into some of the issues that arise because of alcohol misuse. We discuss these topics in the podcast. In the meantime, you can look to educate others, challenge their thinking and actions. 

Be part of the movement #respectforalcohol. 

There are many organisations working tirelessly to change how we use and view alcohol, supporting those affected and changing policies in government. A big shout out to them too!

Thanks to Alcohol Change, Adfam and NACOA.

Adfam Alcohol Change NACOA