North Wales Recovery Communities (NWRC) comprises a number of communities, including a residential rehab at Penrhyn House, Growing for Change, with its gardens and allotments, and Bwyd Da Bangor (Good Food Bangor), a community cafe/restaurant that provides the best food on the High Street. Penrhyn House offers space for various mutual aid groups from outside to operate, and a range of social and physical activities.
NWRC was founded in 2014 by James Deakin, a person in long-term recovery from an addiction to cocaine. A major fundamental principle of NWRC is service to the local community and further afield.
Since being in recovery and with the support of my amazing recovery family, staff members and community members who have believed in me, I'm finally learning the tools and coping mechanisms to not want to use or pick up anymore, and my life is changing for the better. To get old feelings back feels amazing. I'm becoming more and more caring and compassionate, more loving, less selfish and remembering to put other people first for a change, and that life's not all about me anymore. Humility is key in this world. Greg
There's always hope, that's why we're out here making recovery visible.... Help is a really hard word at times, but connecting to others that have been through it will definitely pull you through those dark days. Emma
I know I'm quite emotional about it, but it's just that I've made so many good friends where they're not looking at me as a useless drug addict. And, I think the thing I like more than anything else, is it gives you hope, that's what I like about it.... It's about going out there and spreading the message and helping as many people as possible. Marc