James Deakin emphasises that people with addiction problems cause a large cost to society, so it’s important that when they’re getting well they give something back. As he started to help others, he realised that there was so much value to giving back, and to be recognised as a positive, upstanding member of the community.
North Wales Recovery Communities (NWRC) sponsors a Kenyan family, a woman with six children who had lost her husband in tribal fighting. The family was homeless, so NWRC raised the money in the community to build them a house. One of my favourite parts of my interviews with James was him describing a cottage industry with former hardened heroin users using sewing machines in the Penrhyn House classroom to make re-usable cloth sanitary towels for girls out in Kenya.