Huseyin Djemil suffered bad traumatic experiences as a child and eventually became addicted to Class A drugs. His recovery journey started in a residential rehab and he eventually started working in the field in a wide variety of roles including running his own consultancy. Along the way, Huseyin set up an exciting recovery community in Henley-on-Thames, Towards Recovery.
Huseyin describes how he first set up Towards Recovery in 2012, starting out by renting a church coffee shop for monthly evening gatherings. He and his colleagues wanted to make recovery visible, letting people see ‘it’ and decide whether they wanted to connect to it. They also organised a few conferences, with notable speakers from around the country, and various event nights. A key aim was to show that people in recovery are assets. They are people who have walked through deep water, come out the other side, and are now helping others who have problems in their lives.