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. The latest podcast is episode 20. Episode 21 is about how living with a parents drinking as a child can affect your mental health as an adult. We'll be chatting to Suzannah who's struggled with anxiety and PTSD. We release it on 7th June 2020. See you then!

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 3

What an episode we have for you, Nicole shares some of herpersonal experiences of living with a parent that drank too much. We look at how differently she perceived the situation, to that of her brothers. Paula and I can also reflect on how differently we saw things. 

It's just Paula and Jo in this episode, they share their experiences as the daughters of a drinker, how they both perceived the situation differently and how they've both learnt a lot about the other's experience. Join us in this very insightful episode.

Episode 18 is all about alcohol misuse and mental health. The two are intrinsincally linked so we wanted to speak with someone that knows about both. Natasha, a mental health nurse joins us to share her knowledge and experience of dual diagnosis and more!

We're back! It's series 3 and in this episode we're talking to Amy & Gaye from the Human Story Theatre, a charity set up to portray real life stories in the form of plays, with a Q & A panel at th end. We talk about "Dry" their play on alcohol misuse. 

Series 2

This is the last episode of series 2! We can't believe how well it's been received and how much we're enjoying it. This episode is about the gap between social and dependent drinking, We talk to Paul Silva who coaches men and women in addiction recovery and in life transitions.

Episode 15 is about living with the uncertainty of a drinker. Looking at how this affects children and the affects it can have in adult life. In this episode we talk to Judith Quin, the daughter of an alcoholic. Judith transforms lives through liberating voices.  

It's episode 14 and time for the amazing Ryan McCormack, we'll be talking about the resilient child. Ryan works in the field of alcohol and drugs, supporting young people, young adults and families to make and sustain positive changes for themselves, their families and their community. 

It's episode 13  and we're chatting with Stacey Miller about alcohol in education. Stacey has 15 years professional and personal experience working in the field of substance misuse. Her passion is to be proactive rather than reactive in alcohol education.  Enjoy the episode!

It’s time for episode 12, it’s not uncommon for those that find themselves with an addiction to alcohol, getting addicted to other things. Why is that? Jo and Paula talk to CEO of EDAS, Dr Mindy Bartlett to find out more about addictive personality disorder.

For Episode 11 Jo and Paula will be talking with Dr Giles Croft and Sam Wilde on the person beneath the addiction. Sam and Dr Giles Croft are both coaches, they have a great amount of experience and Sam shares some of his own lived experience as the son of an alcoholic. 

In Episode 10 we'll be talking with Stephanie Chivers discussing vital and simple changes that can be made to support families that face a loved one with a drinking problem. Stephanie specialises in behaviour change and addictions as a 1-1 Practitioner and Group facilitator.

Welcome back to series 2, In episode 9 it seems like a good idea to talk about non-drinkers around this festive period. Not everyone is a drinker and it's the only drug they have to justify not using. We talk to Melissa who is now a non-drinker and coaches people to be empowered and make their own choices in life.

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