Dean Simpson

What is it like working for recovery connections?

I’ve been here for around three and half years, I like the idea that the organisation has changed and it’s a new process of supporting recovery. I like the idea that we have the opportunity to help people into recovery.


What is it that Recovery connections do to help people out of addiction?

We aim to help people with the 12 step program and offer the opportunity for clients to get well again.


What is your job with Recovery connections?

Recovery coach, I deliver the 12 step rehab program.


What do you offer to people who are trapped in an addiction?

A way out of addiction, we provide the tools for success and recovery and introduce people to ongoing support in the community.


If you could give anyone any advice on why they should quit an addiction, what would it be?

It’s hard for me to say since some addictions are positive and some are not but I’d say if an addiction has a negative effect on your health and wellbeing I would advise those people to quit. Quitting an addiction improves life tremendously and you can live life to its full potential.


Addiction affects so many people but has it ever affected you to help those people struggling with Substance misuse?

I’ve been in recovery for years now but I still find this job difficult at times, watching people struggle with addiction. I came to work with Recovery Connections to help those who are in need of help. I also feel I can relate to those people and that gives me the strength to help them.


What’s your favourite program activity with Recovery connections and how does it help people?

Delivering the workshops and lectures it helps people get a better understanding of their addictions and how it affects them personally.


Working for Recovery connections and with people who are in need of help and support, kind of makes you a super hero, what superhero power do you possess?

I don’t see myself as a superhero, I’m just passing on my own experiences and knowledge in the hope that it will help someone come out of an addiction and make a positive impact on their life.