Legendary Arsenal footballer Tony Adams is the latest big name to speak out on the More Than My Past podcast in a bid to smash the stigma that stops former prisoners and those who have battled against addiction from getting on in life.
Hollywood actor Jason Flemyng is hosting the podcast which builds on The Forward Trust’s More Than My Past online campaign that Adams fronted last year, alongside ex-Big Issue vendor-turned-London’s happiest bus driver Patrick Lawson, to celebrate stories of people who have overcome these barriers.
Big Issue founder Lord John Bird kicked off the series before Adams shared his story in an episode debuting last week.
The former England captain has been frank about his battles with booze since the end of his playing career, penning two raw and emotional books on his recovery from addiction.
Adams spoke of the lack of support he received when he spent two months in prison in 1990 after crashing his car while well over the legal drink-driving limit. It brought to the fore the battle with alcoholism that plagued his early career.
That lack of support has motivated his work to help others in similar positions. “There wasn’t anything in place around why I was actually in prison – I had no counselling so I just did my time and came out to another six years of hell getting to the end of the my drinking… I’m so grateful now that I have a 12-step program. I‘m now 24 years sober – I only played for 22 years!”