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Intimate conversations about getting unwell - and getting better - with Bryony Gordon. From household names to ordinary people with extraordinary stories. Because mental health deserves to be talked about.

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Intimate conversations about getting unwell - and getting better - with Bryony Gordon. From household names to ordinary people with extraordinary stories. Because mental health deserves to be talked about.

    Professor Dame Carol Black

    Professor Dame Carol Black

    Today's guest is on a mission to transform the way we view people addicted to drugs. This year, Professor Dame Carol Black led a government review into the way we handle drug addiction in this country - be that treatment and recovery, or even prevention. She called for a more health-based approach and more than £500 million investment over five years.

    This Addiction Awareness Week, Bryony has teamed up with Action on Addiction and the Forward Trust to bring you a conversation each day tackling a different element of addiction. Because even though we are slowly breaking down the stigma around discussing mental health, addiction - sadly - remains a taboo, even though we will all know someone touched by it.

    Dame Carol tells Bryony why alcohol is "just as dangerous" as other drugs, why she feels addiction should be treated as a chronic health condition, and explains why the current system is "broken".




    You can read Professor Dame Carol Black's review here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/independent-review-of-drugs-by-professor-dame-carol-black |

    Action on Addiction is a UK charity providing support to people who need rehab, as well as a wealth of resources for those battling addiction issues: https://www.actiononaddiction.org.uk |

    You can find more information about organisations that offer free and confidential support at the end of this episode.




    Read Bryony's columns: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/bryony-gordon/ |

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    • 39 min
    Tony Adams

    Tony Adams

    Arsenal and England legend Tony Adams has done as much in his career to challenge the stigma around addiction as he has to make footballing history. From becoming sober very publicly back in the 90s, to setting up Sporting Chance, a charity that provides mental health support to current and former professional athletes, he's made it his mission to help others by sharing his story. 

    This Addiction Awareness Week, Bryony has teamed up with Action on Addiction and the Forward Trust to bring you a conversation each day tackling a different element of addiction. Because even though we are slowly breaking down the stigma around discussing mental health, addiction - sadly - remains a taboo, even though we will all know someone touched by it.

    Tony tells Bryony how following a 12-step programme changed his life, how the new generation of footballers is battling a very different addiction, and why he's heading back to Chelmsford prison, three decades after serving time there.




    Action on Addiction is a UK charity providing support to people who need rehab, as well as a wealth of resources for those battling addiction issues: https://www.actiononaddiction.org.uk |

    Tony's charity, Sporting Chance, can be found here: https://www.sportingchanceclinic.com/ |

    You can find more information about organisations that offer free and confidential support at the end of this episode.




    Read Bryony's columns: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/bryony-gordon/ |

    For 30 days' free access to The Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/madworld |

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    • 42 min
    Davinia Taylor

    Davinia Taylor

    In the 90s there was rarely a week where Davinia Taylor wasn't on the television or in the newspapers, as an actor, presenter and well-known member of the so-called "Primrose Hill set". But behind the seemingly glamorous partying was a person in the grips of addiction.

    This Addiction Awareness Week, Bryony has teamed up with Action on Addiction and the Forward Trust to bring you a conversation each day tackling a different element of addiction. Because even though we are slowly breaking down the stigma around discussing mental health, addiction - sadly - remains a taboo, even though we will all know someone touched by it.

    Davinia tells Bryony about the alcoholic seizures she experienced trying to go cold turkey, opens up about her quest to find out why she drank, and bemoans the fact that addiction treatment doesn't often join up mental and physical well-being. 




    Action on Addiction is a UK charity providing support to people who need rehab, as well as a wealth of resources for those battling addiction issues: https://www.actiononaddiction.org.uk |

    You can find more information about organisations that offer free and confidential support at the end of this episode.




    Read Bryony's columns: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/bryony-gordon/ |

    For 30 days' free access to The Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/madworld |

    Follow Bryony on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bryonygordon/ |

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    • 28 min
    Hayley

    Hayley

    When today's Mad World guest first sought help, she didn't even realise she was a gambling addict. But within a few years Hayley had lost her job, her home, and she had arrived at a rehab centre with a small suitcase containing all of her possessions. 

    This Addiction Awareness Week, Bryony has teamed up with Action on Addiction and the Forward Trust to bring you a conversation each day tackling a different element of addiction. Because even though we are slowly breaking down the stigma around discussing mental health, addiction - sadly - remains a taboo, even though we will all know someone touched by it.

    Hayley tells Bryony how betting was actually a substitute for alcohol, describes the relief of speaking to others dealing with the illness, and lays bare the hurdles she had to clear to even get help.




    Action on Addiction is a UK charity providing support to people who need rehab, as well as a wealth of resources for those battling addiction issues: https://www.actiononaddiction.org.uk |

    You can find more information about organisations that offer free and confidential support at the end of this episode.




    Read Bryony's columns: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/bryony-gordon/ |

    For 30 days' free access to The Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/madworld |

    Follow Bryony on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bryonygordon/ |

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    • 42 min
    Camilla Tominey

    Camilla Tominey

    When Camilla Tominey isn't writing in the Telegraph, she's the patron of Nacoa, The National Association for Children of Alcoholics, a charity that provides a space for people, young and old, to discuss the effect parental drinking has had on their life. 

    This Addiction Awareness Week, Bryony has teamed up with Action on Addiction and the Forward Trust to bring you a conversation each day tackling a different element of addiction. Because even though we are slowly breaking down the stigma around discussing mental health, addiction - sadly - remains a taboo, even though we will all know someone touched by it.

    Camilla tells Bryony about the slow realisation that her childhood wasn't normal, why she's keen to paint a picture of her mum beyond her alcoholism, and how she wishes she didn't have to explain why she doesn't drink.




    Action on Addiction is a UK charity providing support to people who need rehab, as well as a wealth of resources for those battling addiction issues: https://www.actiononaddiction.org.uk |

    If you are a child of an alcoholic you can get advice and support from Nacoa for free on 0800 358 3456 |

    You can find more information about organisations that offer free and confidential support at the end of this episode. 




    Read more from Camilla Tominey: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/c/ca-ce/camilla-tominey/ |

    Read Bryony's columns: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/bryony-gordon/ |

    For 30 days' free access to The Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/madworld |

    Follow Bryony on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bryonygordon/ |

    See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    • 44 min
    Nile Rodgers

    Nile Rodgers

    Legendary musician and producer Nile Rodgers joins Bryony for the first episode of this special series of Mad World.

    This Addiction Awareness Week, Bryony has teamed up with Action on Addiction and the Forward Trust to bring you a conversation each day tackling a different element of addiction. Because even though we are slowly breaking down the stigma around discussing mental health, addiction - sadly - remains a taboo, even though we will all know someone touched by it.

    Listen as Nile tells Bryony how he grew up surrounded by the illness, describes the euphoria of his first gig playing sober, and shares how Keith Richards was the unlikely inspiration for his sobriety.




    Action on Addiction is a UK charity providing support to people who need rehab, as well as a wealth of resources for those battling addiction issues: https://www.actiononaddiction.org.uk |

    You can find more information about organisations that offer free and confidential support at the end of this episode. 




    Read Bryony's columns: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/authors/bryony-gordon/ |

    For 30 days' free access to The Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/madworld |

    Follow Bryony on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bryonygordon/ |

    See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    • 54 min

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