Michael Rawlinson

Michael Rawlinson is an Action on Addiction Treatment Consultant. At the time of Melissa and Jade’s, where they first met, treatment episode he was Lead Practitioner at Clouds House.

He was their first guest on episode 1 and made contributions throughout season 1 including the ‘Christmas special’. The three of them have frequently broadcasted items focusing on addiction and recovery. During the pandemic he has produced a number of ‘In conversation’ pieces including with Tony Adams (former footballer and founder of the Sporting Chance clinic), Chris Difford (Squeeze), Jeremy Thomas (Emmy award winning documentary producer on manic depression with Stephen Fry) and Josh Connolly (Influencer and contributor to NACOA). He has advice and support articles on the Action on Addiction website.

Hooked – The Unexpected Addicts

Hooked – The Unexpected Addicts is a broadcasting first. The first time the BBC have commissioned a podcast series on all things addiction and recovery. The first time that two professional women, Melissa and Jade, have had a platform to openly and honestly, discuss the negative consequences of active addiction. Their journey from ‘rock-bottom’, their meeting at Clouds House treatment centre, and the courageous story of their recovery journey. Originally 6 episodes were commissioned and the end by the second season 26 episodes had been broadcast! The first BBC podcast to be awarded radio (not podcast!) programme of the year by the Broadcasting Press Guild and win silver at the British podcast awards. Melissa, Jade and Michael (Clouds) will be exploring what is was about Hooked that made it connect with its audiences, and why. Also, some production insights to creating and presenting a double award-winning BBC podcast.

Presentation audio:
Hooked – The Unexpected Addicts

(Apologies for the occasionally poor quality audio.)