Kayleigh Dunnigan

What is it like working for recovery connections?

Its really rewarding and it doesn’t feel like work because I come in because I love it, I don’t think there’s a better job out there for me. The opportunity to help people and its worthwhile.


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

Recovery offers the opportunity for people get the right support to get better whether that be through residential rehab or through the community. I lead on the community offer, its my job to go into communities working at the grass roots setting up and facilitating groups helping  promote positive social circles connecting people, challenging the stigma and support them along their journey. Also I facilitate the Ambassador Programme for people over 6 months clean and sober and I train couch them to be able to support others in the community.


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

Throughout my life I’ve always been surrounded by drugs and alcohol and I’ve seen how heart-breaking and destructive addiction can be, so having personal experience this inspired me to go to university to study criminology with contemporary drug issues it was then that I came to recovery connections to do volunteering and then fell in love with the recovery itself.  The fact that people find light at the end of the tunnel, I see that there’s life after addiction.


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

There isn’t really a set process for beating addiction because everyone’s different, for me its about the support network, the key to finding recovery is the social circles and support with people that understand and are empathetic it helps in enabling the client to be honest about where they are and what’s going on for them in order to get the right support.


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

My favourite is health and well being, it promotes a healthy lifestyle and for clients it’s hugely beneficial, for all red green and amber zone clients. Also when someone’s an amber client they should be looking at their health and diet and this program helps those clients. We like to have leads on Public Health agendas we let them know about awareness days and keep all clients involved and connected in the community.

Bar zero is refreshing and brilliant, its Middlesbrough needs. Middlesbrough don’t have anywhere to socialize for those in recovery, drinking and certain drugs are normalized in society so this is an ideal place for people in recovery to go socialize, its positive and healthy.


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’ve always been told I’m approachable and I have understanding, my job is to coach people with patience and empathy while keeping focused.

It’s a positive light to work with those who have come from rock bottom, it puts things into perspective for me everyone I’ve met is a huge inspiration and I know that if people can recover from active addiction then anything is possible.