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Welcome to episode 3 of the two roads travelled podcast.  Today 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, he works with people one to one as well as facilitating groups. The topic for today is about the impact of alcohol misuse on the families. They'll be discussing what the home environment is really like, how the families clash with the drinker and they'll be delving deeper into what the families experience day to day. In such a chaotic environment for a lot of families, emotions run high. Unconsciously the families take on specific roles when they live with a drinker, and those roles can enable the drinker to drink and take away their consequences. Jo and Paula will share about the roles they've played living with their fathers drinking. An interesting aspect of living with a drinker is that most of the time, families actually don't understand that much about alcohol, the reasons their drinker drinks or the impact it has on them. They often have a lot of questions with few answers. Also on the discussion list is how the involvement of professionals like social workers impacts the family, and the risks that are present for children. Those of you listening have probably experienced it first hand and those that haven't, you're in for some real insights into the life that families live each and every day when they're affected by a drinker. A lot of what Jo, Paula and Kevin will talk about today is also applicable to other addictions. Get in touch on Instagram: @johuey_acoa or follow on Twitter @joanne_huey   If you want to know more about alcohol misuse, find out answers to the many questions you have and learn some tried and tested self help tips from the child of a alcoholic then order a copy of Jo's book Transition here: bit.ly/JHtransition   You can also join the Change Your Mind community of Facebook: facebook.com/groups/CYM2017   If you'd like to ask any questions about today's episode feel free to email jo@johuey.co.uk or call on: UK (+44) 07732 403305

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