38 episodes

Welcome to We Recover Loudly the podcast shaking up conversations about addiction, recovery and drinking cultures in hospitality.  This podcast aims to break down the walls of silence around addiction and recovery in the industry.  The episodes will be a mix of personal stories, from myself and from other sober champions with experience of working in hospitality as well as interviews with hospitality leaders who are providing training and resources to assist in creating sustainable workplace environments for your teams.  We discuss mental health, stress and other challenges in the industry that can lead to addiction, challenging the ‘work hard, play hard’ mentality.  Lets turn it up and get loud, because when we recover loudly we stop others dying quietly.

We Recover Loudly Michelle Righini

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    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

Welcome to We Recover Loudly the podcast shaking up conversations about addiction, recovery and drinking cultures in hospitality.  This podcast aims to break down the walls of silence around addiction and recovery in the industry.  The episodes will be a mix of personal stories, from myself and from other sober champions with experience of working in hospitality as well as interviews with hospitality leaders who are providing training and resources to assist in creating sustainable workplace environments for your teams.  We discuss mental health, stress and other challenges in the industry that can lead to addiction, challenging the ‘work hard, play hard’ mentality.  Lets turn it up and get loud, because when we recover loudly we stop others dying quietly.

    S2 Episode 013 - KARL CONSIDINE - From Party Boy Persona to Authentic Sober Self

    S2 Episode 013 - KARL CONSIDINE - From Party Boy Persona to Authentic Sober Self

    In this new episode, recorded late 2023, Shell talks to the wonderful Karl Considine back when he was still at the beginning of his journey with the now wildy successful Love From bar in Manchester.  

    Throughout this heartfelt conversation, Karl peels back the layers of his experiences, discussing the stark realities of his former identity as the 'party boy' and the shift to a life where authenticity takes center stage. From confronting an identity crisis to building a new sense of self, he guides us through the intricate process of self-discovery that sobriety has ignited within him. His insights into the struggles with past habits, fears of relapse, and the joyous moments of living authentically offer a stirring glimpse into a life reclaimed.

    We also discussed - 
    The challenge of looking after yourself when working in hospitality as you are there to serve others .Wearing you ability to work hard, party hard and repeat over and over as a badge of honour.Drinking home and alone; the secret world of addiction and that road to isolation it takes us down.The spectrum of extroversion and introversion.
    Karl's unwavering commitment to fostering inclusive, safe spaces where people can recover and discover themselves is such an inspiring story.  He really is one of those unique humans with a very special heart and it was wonderful to chat to him.

    To connect with Karl, head to his instagram @love.fromco and @whatnext.karl
    For more information on We Recover Loudly and to reach out for speaking engagements or support email hello@werecoverloudly.com
    @werecoverloudly
    www.werecoverloudly.com
    This episode is brought to you by our proud sponsors:
    Low No Drinker Magazine @lownodrinkermagazine
    www.lownodrinkermagazine.com

    • 58 min
    S2 Episode 012 - BEN GIBBS - From Spiraling into Alcoholism to Sober Boozing with Style

    S2 Episode 012 - BEN GIBBS - From Spiraling into Alcoholism to Sober Boozing with Style

    In this new episode, Ben Gibbs, founder of the Sober Boozers Club, shares his journey with us in his signature candid, and humourous manner. He discusses his struggle with alcoholism and the pivotal moment that led him towards sobriety. Ben's story not only highlights his personal triumph but also sheds light on the growing market for non-alcoholic beer, emphasizing the inclusivity and happiness that can be found in a life without alcohol.

    During our conversation, we delve into the emotional challenges faced by those in recovery. We discuss the stigma associated with the term 'alcoholic' and the importance of self-forgiveness. Ben discusses the process of overcoming past mistakes while redefining one's identity. 

    We also discuss - 


    Being a big deal in RedditchThe challenge of being an alcoholic who loves beer, and how Ben claimed that and has not stopped doing what he loves just because he put down the booze.That you do not have to be an alcoholic to stop drinkingHow important to Ben it has been building a community of AF beer drinkers around him, and the joy of being able to share his love of these drinks with peopleThe commonality of addicts who search for community in the wrong places, which leads to the bottle of a bottle ... And how now we are sober we find what we were really looking for.  Connection.This episode is a mix of laughter and honesty, showcasing a community that embraces vibrant living without alcohol. Pour yourself your fave AF beer and enjoy!  For more from Ben, follow him on @sober_boozers_club
    For more information on We Recover Loudly and to reach out for speaking engagements or support email hello@werecoverloudly.com
    @werecoverloudly
    www.werecoverloudly.com
    This episode is brought to you by our proud sponsors:
    Low No Drinker Magazine @lownodrinkermagazine
    www.lownodrinkermagazine.com

    • 52 min
    S2 Episode 011 - SHANNON MICHELLE - From Serving Spirits to Spirited Sobriety and Inclusivity

    S2 Episode 011 - SHANNON MICHELLE - From Serving Spirits to Spirited Sobriety and Inclusivity

    This week on We Recover Loudly, we pull back the curtain with Shannon Michelle, whose journey from pizza counter to cocktail shaker has taken a turn towards sobriety and a quest for inclusivity in the bar industry. Her candid stories serve as a beacon for those navigating the rewarding yet tumultuous waves of hospitality. From the personal cost of burnout to her transformation into a charity-minded business owner, Shannon's reflections are a testament to the power of vulnerability and the strength found in choosing a life less intoxicated.

    Navigating a career in hospitality can be like mixing a complex cocktail – it requires balance, a dash of creativity, and the occasional bitter note to appreciate the sweet. We examine the silent struggles faced by many behind the bar, discussing the importance of recognizing the warning signs of mental health in our team and the necessity for compassionate leadership. 

    We also discuss - 
    - Burn out and neurodiversity
    - The fear we can feel around asking for help, and how this can esculate destructive behaviours.  
    - How important boundaries are, and that we should be championing them in our teams, and ourselves.
    - The importance of mentorship.

    We discuss the burgeoning trend of low and no ABV cocktails that Shannon champions.  This conversation is an inspiring a celebration of personal growth, professional evolution, and the realization that sobriety might just be the best decision you can make!


    For more information on We Recover Loudly and to reach out for speaking engagements or support email hello@werecoverloudly.com
    @werecoverloudly
    www.werecoverloudly.com
    This episode is brought to you by our proud sponsors:
    Low No Drinker Magazine @lownodrinkermagazine
    www.lownodrinkermagazine.com

    • 1 hr 10 min
    S2 Episode 010 - ANDREW CLARKE - From Fire Gone Out to Mastering the Flame

    S2 Episode 010 - ANDREW CLARKE - From Fire Gone Out to Mastering the Flame

    On this week's episode, we are joined by Acme Fire Cult Leader, chef Andrew Clarke. Andrew Clarke shares about his childhood upbringing being around flames to mastering the art of live fire cooking. His journey has been one of transformation, both in the kitchen and in his personal life. As we discuss the timeline of his career, Andrew shares anecdotes from his early days as a musician to the key moments that shaped his path as a culinary expert, all while maintaining his signature beard in the fiery atmosphere of his craft.

    This episode delves into the challenges of kitchen life and the importance of mental health in the hospitality industry. Andrew Clarke openly talks about his personal struggles with depression and emphasizes the need for support networks within the profession. His work with Pilot Light offers hope for those facing the intense environment of the culinary world, highlighting the significance of self-care when working with the flames of the kitchen.

     Andrew's resilience and commitment to wellbeing in the hospitality sector showcase the importance of nourishing the spirit alongside perfecting a dish. If you're interested in the balance between humor, wellness, and creating a supportive workplace environment, tune in for a heartfelt discussion that could change your perspective on success in the industry. Each story shared contributes to building a healthier and more fulfilled community of chefs and culinary enthusiasts.

    Check out Andrew on instagram @chefandrewclarke and @acmefirecult
    For more information on We Recover Loudly and to reach out for speaking engagements or support email hello@werecoverloudly.com
    @werecoverloudly
    www.werecoverloudly.com
    This episode is brought to you by our proud sponsors:
    Low No Drinker Magazine @lownodrinkermagazine
    www.lownodrinkermagazine.com

    • 57 min
    S2 Episode 009 - JORDAN C MASH GANG - From Lockdown Loss to Fermentation Wins

    S2 Episode 009 - JORDAN C MASH GANG - From Lockdown Loss to Fermentation Wins

    This week’s episode is a total riot.  Shell is joined by one of the brains behind the incredible brewery Mash Gang.  Jordan talks about the journey from a hobbyist homebrewer during lockdown to launching a successful non-alcoholic beverage company. He discusses how their initial experimentation with fermentation led to creating some rather unique products before getting to the beers we know and love, collaborating with breweries like Northern Monk and BrewDog, and navigating challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite setbacks, Jordan reflects on their adventurous spirit of the Mash Gang team and how their sheer determination and hard work to turn their hobby into a thriving business has come to fruit in such an extraordinary way.
    We also discussed
    The importance of knowledge sharing and collaboration within the industry, highlighting initiatives like free training sessions for industry professionals.The commercialisation of addiction, with a powerful perspective on how things like Dry January can infact cause challenges for people due to a lack of safety.Jordan shares his personal experience with addiction, rehab and rehabilitation.Societal perceptions of sobriety and the need to respect individual choices without judgment.The obsession recovered addicts have with shortbread.
    Jordan is a massive character in the NA industry, and his personality is as delightfully refreshing as his beers.  This episode really highlights that the NA beer space is full of energy, creativity and excitement.  Whatever your reason for reaching for an NA beer, Mash Gang have really raised the bar. 
    Connect with Jordan:
    @ mash_gang linkedin.com/in/mashgangjord
    For more information on We Recover Loudly and to reach out for speaking engagements or support:
    @werecoverloudly www.werecoverloudly.com
    hello@werecoverloudly.com
    This episode is brought to you by our proud sponsors:
    The Burnt Chef Project @theburntchefproject
    www.theburntchefproject.com
    AND
    No Low Drinker Magazine @lownodrinkermagazine
    www.lownodrinkermagazine.com
    For more information on We Recover Loudly and to reach out for speaking engagements or support email hello@werecoverloudly.com
    @werecoverloudly
    www.werecoverloudly.com
    This episode is brought to you by our proud sponsors:
    Low No Drinker Magazine @lownodrinkermagazine
    www.lownodrinkermagazine.com

    • 48 min
    S2 Episode 008 - RAJ MARKANDOO - From Emotions Bubbling Over to Breath work and Bubala

    S2 Episode 008 - RAJ MARKANDOO - From Emotions Bubbling Over to Breath work and Bubala

    On this week’s episode, we are joined by Raj Markandoo, an openly queer sober legend who currently works as Operations Manager at London based Bubala.  Raj shares his personal journey of overcoming challenges growing up feeling disconnected from his community and how he finally found a sense of belonging when he started working in hospitality in Cumbria.  We connected on how we both previously used drugs and alcohol to escape our thoughts and emotions, and how as the years went past that behaviour became more and more problematic.  Raj describes finding sobriety during the COVID-19 lockdown, and emphasises the importance of breathwork and mindfulness in his recovery.
    We also discussed
    How a personalised approach to recovery can be beneficial, and that finding what works best for the individual, whether it's meditation, support groups, or other forms of therapy is important.The value of gratitude and self-reflection in recovery.The importance of mindfulness practices and boundary-setting in your personal journeys and professional lives, emphasizing the need for ongoing conversations and resources to support mental health and well-being in the workplaceThe significance of honesty, resourcing oneself, and seeking help when managing team members struggling with addiction or mental health issues and how the best approach is always with compassion when addressing these challenges.
    Raj is a great example of what we should be striving for in our managers.  He is open and honest about where he has made mistakes, but he has owned up to them and now he works hard to provide a shining example to not just his team, but the whole industry.  Raj proves that you can be in recovery and work not only at a high level in the industry, but work there with humility and abundance.
    And if you live in London, get to Bubala now!
    Connect with Raj:
    @rajmarkandoo
    @bubala_london
    For more information on We Recover Loudly and to reach out for speaking engagements or support:
    @werecoverloudly www.werecoverloudly.com
    hello@werecoverloudly.com
    This episode is brought to you by our proud sponsors:
    The Burnt Chef Project @theburntchefproject
    www.theburntchefproject.com
    AND
    No Low Drinker Magazine @lownodrinkermagazine
    www.lownodrinkermagazine.com
    For more information on We Recover Loudly and to reach out for speaking engagements or support email hello@werecoverloudly.com
    @werecoverloudly
    www.werecoverloudly.com
    This episode is brought to you by our proud sponsors:
    Low No Drinker Magazine @lownodrinkermagazine
    www.lownodrinkermagazine.com

    • 48 min

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