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Sporting Highs and Lows

Priory healthcare’s podcast series, exploring the links between addiction, mental health and sport.

The impact of mental health and addiction is as profound in the sporting world as in all walks-of-life, but often leads to the experience of those impacted being played out in public.

The pressure from fans, teammates and family, along with the pressures that highly determined and driven individuals can place upon themselves, understandably can lead to an impact on mental health, including addiction. Add to that the impact of injury, success, failure and retirement, and it’s no surprise that mental health is one of the biggest area of concern for sportspeople.

Our new podcast, ‘Sporting Highs and Lows’, will be looking into the prevalence of addiction and poor mental health across the sporting world. We’ll be speaking to a range of people from across sport, who can give their own insights into how addiction, mental health and sport can be inter-twinned.

It’s hosted by Luke Sutton, ex-professional cricketer and now a sports agent, where he sees first-hand the impact of addiction and mental health challenges on those involved in Sport. Luke also speaks from experience, having sought alcohol addiction treatment with Priory over ten years ago. Luke is joined by Priory addiction therapist Pamela Roberts.

Sporting Highs and Lows Podcast – Episode 1

You can click below to listen to our first podcast episode, featuring ex-professional footballer Paul Walsh.

Paul played for clubs including Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham, along with representing England. He then moved into a career in TV work on Sky Sports. He talks about the drinking culture within football in the 1980’s, his personal experience with alcohol addiction, and what triggered his journey into treatment.

Sporting Highs and Lows Podcast – Episode 2

You can click below to listen to our second episode, featuring Professional Cricketer, Chris Wood.

Chris is professional cricketer who has seen great success playing for Hampshire. Chris has been really open over recent months about his battles with gambling addiction, and in this podcast he shares his story, talks about opening up to his teammates and explains how he eventually realised he needed to seek support.


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