In The Family

Warning: this episode contains descriptions of violence and abuse which some may find difficult to hear.

Difficult family backgrounds are sadly common among those who fall into the grasps of addiction or offending. Family members can also provide vital sources of support for people struggling to overcome difficult pasts. In this episode, we hear from former offenders and people in recovery with a wide variety of family histories who describe the part their families have played in their journeys - for better and for worse.

Listen back to our previous episode titled ‘Introduction to Series 2’ for more of the backstories of the inspiring people you hear from in this one.

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