Sarah & Amy - The Children of Alcoholics Podcast

Join Sarah & Amy in this one of a kind podcast talk exclusively about how they and their guests have been affected by a loved ones drinking. Each episode will focus on a different topic or guest, increasing understanding of and breaking down stigmas around alcohol addiction. Sarah & Amy are unapologetically honest when discussing their own experiences with their Dads (both called Steve); and like to use dark humour at times, so be warned!

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Thursday Apr 18, 2024

In this powerful episode, Sarah and Amy sit down with their first international guest, Paul Summers from the USA - a recovering addict and author. Paul opens up about his journey as a child of an alcoholic (COA) and his own struggles with drug and alcohol addiction. He shares his inspiring story of hitting rock bottom, losing custody of his daughter, and ultimately finding the courage to get sober through a 12-step program and a newfound belief in a Higher Power.
Paul's memoir, "Hide and Seek: A Dad's Journey from Soulless Addiction to Sole Custody," chronicles his path from poverty to artistic pursuits, substance abuse, and finally, recovery. Now 16 years sober, Paul discusses the inspiration behind his book and his mission to help others through sharing his story. Despite initially suppressing his passion for writing, Paul has embraced his craft and is now a college student, church worship team member, and devoted father committed to being present in his children's lives. With rawness and vulnerability, Paul's conversation as Sarah and Amy's first international guest is a testament to the power of recovery and second chances.

Tuesday Mar 05, 2024

In this episode of Sarah and Amy: The Children of Alcoholics Podcast, Sarah and Amy delve into their trip to Parliament, where Sarah spoke on behalf of NACOA (the National Association for Children of Alcoholics). Amy takes the lead, asking Sarah questions about her experience speaking alongside inspiring guests like Hilary Henriques, CEO of NACOA, and the late iconic George Best's son, Calum Best. It's a candid conversation filled with emotions, but in a dramatic turn of events, it's Sarah who cracks a dark joke, leaving Amy speechless. And in a shocking twist, Amy even dishes out a compliment to Sarah, surprising everyone. Tune in for this raw and honest episode exploring the realities of growing up with alcoholic parents.

Wednesday Jan 24, 2024

Sisters Jess and Georgia join us for a candid conversation about growing up with an alcoholic parent and losing their father Jed to addiction in 2023. Though their childhoods were filled with instability and dysfunction, the sisters have emerged as successful businesswomen - Jess as the sales and marketing director at Hotel Football in Manchester, and Georgia as the owner of the hair and beauty salon Allure in Manchester.
After seeing Calum Best on Celebrity SAS, the sisters were inspired to get involved with Nacoa as volunteers and helped organise the organisation's first Northern Gala in March 2023. Now, just three weeks away from Nacoa's second gala, Jess and Georgia open up about their childhoods and "not normal" moments that coloured their experiences as children of alcoholics.
Through their grief and resilience, the sisters exemplify the power of sibling bonds. Their story contains many laughs as well as poignant reflections on their past and hopes for the future.

Friday Dec 15, 2023

Sarah and Amy reunite for a Christmas edition of their podcast “The Children of Alcoholics.” It’s been a few months since their last show as both stepped up into new roles with NACOA (National Association for Children of Alcoholics).
But they candidly catch up on how they each managed the festive season of dysfunctional family dynamics and complicated memories tied to their alcoholic fathers, coincidentally both named Steve.
Sarah and Amy swap survival strategies, boundary tools and lessons learned from decades of attending alcohol-fueled Christmas celebrations. While difficult moments are shared, there is also hope as the friends discuss breaking destructive cycles through compassion and understanding this year.

Friday Jun 30, 2023

In this thought-provoking podcast episode, hosts Sarah and Amy embark on a heartfelt conversation with special guest Victoria Glennie, Sarah's younger sister. Brace yourself for an emotionally charged journey as they delve into the untimely passing of their father, Steve, and the tragic circumstances surrounding his battle with alcohol addiction.
With a mix of vulnerability and strength, the sisters open up about the deeply personal experience, sharing their perspectives on the day their father was hospitalised and ultimately succumbed to his addiction. This candid conversation sheds light on the complexity of addiction and its profound impact on individuals and families.
Through their shared memories, Sarah and Victoria uncover surprising revelations about their father's struggles, offering a unique and multi-faceted understanding of their shared loss. Alongside them, Amy, ever the supportive presence, occasionally chimes in, adding a touch of light-heartedness to the discussion despite feeling like a bit of a third wheel.
Please be advised, this episode carries a trigger warning as it delves into sensitive topics such as alcohol addiction and death. While the conversation is serious and raw, the hosts also infuse moments of levity, creating an atmosphere that balances reflection and compassion.
Tune in as Sarah, Amy, and Victoria unravel the layers of their past, navigating the complexities of grief, addiction, and the power of shared storytelling. This episode promises to be an engaging, intimate, and ultimately transformative exploration of loss and the human experience.

Thursday May 25, 2023

In this episode Sarah & Amy talk to Tod Harrison about his experience growing up as a child of an alcoholic. Tod talks candidly about how this has affected his adult life. This is a powerful episode and captures a story of resilience and determination like no other. 
Tod and some friends have formed a team and have challenged themselves for June 2024 to row the pacific ocean (2800 miles in 40 days) as part of the Talisker Whiskey competition event in aid of NACOA & Mind Charity, he talks to Sarah & Amy about the challenge and how being a COA has inspired him to take part. 
You can find out more about their challenge and donate to help them raise funds. 

Wednesday Mar 22, 2023

In this episode Sarah & Amy talk to TEDx speaker Sammy Kingston about her experience as a child of an alcoholic, and how she has channelled her experience into campaigning for change and awareness around alcohol use disorder.
Sammy sadly lost her Mum to alcohol use disorder in 2018 and courageously shares how she chose to stop enabling her Mums addiction by moving out of her family home at age 18. This episode is raw, emotive, and very powerful and gives an insight into the varying emotions that come with being a child of an alcoholic. 

Wednesday Mar 22, 2023

In this episode Sarah & Amy talk to Sobriety & Mindset Coach Harriet Strange aka "50 Shades Sober" about her experience as a child of an alcoholic and her own addiction to alcohol. 
Harriet talks us through her childhood as a child of an alcoholic, and her own relationship with alcohol and how it has impacted her life now she is a parent. This really is an insightful episode where we get to hear both perspectives from one person. 
It's also an emotional one so make sure you have your tissues to hand! 

Wednesday Mar 22, 2023

In this episode Sarah & Amy talk to Holistic Empowerment & Emotional Resilience Coach Jess Frost. 
Jess talks openly to Sarah & Amy about her experience as a child of an alcoholic, and discusses the difficulties that came from identifying as a child of an alcoholic when the parent was is in denial of their addiction. 
This episode is raw, powerful, unapologetically honest and is a beautiful story of triumph over adversity. 

Monday Feb 20, 2023

In this first episode Sarah & Amy introduce themselves and talk candidly about being adult children of alcoholics. 
They talk openly and honestly about how their dads alcoholism was a family secret, and how they navigated through their childhood and adult life hiding it. 
This podcast is unapologetically honest, raw, and "light hearted" in some places (thanks to Amy's dark humour). 
Sarah & Amy passionately believe that talking about the affects of a loves ones drinking is the only way to break down the stigma that currently exists around alcohol addiction. 
TRIGGER WARNING: Alcohol addiction | Death of a parent


Amy Dickson

Amy is a NACOA Speaker, fundraising volunteer, and an adult child of an alcoholic. Amy is passionate about speaking openly about her experience so that she can inspire others to know that they are not alone. 


Amy appeared on Vicky Pattison's Channel 4 documentary "Vicky Pattison: Alcohol, Dad and Me", where she spoke out about the affects of her dads drinking on her. 


Sarah Drage

Sarah is the founder of mental health charity WarriorKind, a TEDx speaker, NACOA volunteer, and an adult child of an alcoholic.


After losing her dad to alcohol addiction in 2017 Sarah has been a leading voice in the community, where she actively advocates against the stigma attached to alcohol use disorder. 

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