About The Wagonour facilitators
PROFESSIONAL PODCASTS ON ADDICTION, MENTAL HEALTH & WELLBEING
The Wagon podcast series came about after John and Finty (who go back a long way) were discussing that, particularly in the UK, addiction and recovery are still not subjects that are openly talked about, and this creates a sense of secrecy and shame. For some, being in recovery from any addiction or mental health issue is still something to be embarrassed about.
Well, it’s a subject close to our hearts and we want to challenge that problem so that everyone can be proud of their journey. We also want to reach-out to those who are still struggling with addiction and mental health conditions and through our podcasts share that it is possible to attain a better and happier life. Each and every guest has overcome their own and, in some cases, public stigma that surrounds asking for help. Our guest speakers are from a variety of backgrounds and are, in one way or another, successful in their chosen field and they have all overcome their own personal battles. They have given their time freely to talk openly about their struggles and how they were able to get help. Their soul aim is to help others and lift the stigma of addiction.
Addiction counsellor / clinical psychotherapist
John McKeown is a trained Addiction counsellor and clinical psychotherapist (Cognitive Analytic therapy). He has worked in the addiction and rehabilitation field since 1987. His vast experiences include, establishing many treatment programmes including the first addiction rehabilitation centre in a British prison (The Forward Trust), the self-help addiction recovery programme (SHARP) in Liverpool and lately, Ibiza Calm, a residential clinic treating addiction and mental health disorders. John has also worked with several Premier League football clubs, offering one to one support and facilitating educational programmes. In 2007 he co-wrote the Sunday times number 1 best seller “Being Gazza, my journey to hell and back” with Paul Gascoigne and recently appeared in the highly successful documentary with Adrian Chiles, Drinkers like me. John has been in recovery from addiction for over 30 years.