A RECOVERING alcoholic, who ended up a homeless criminal, has turned his life around and dedicated it to helping others like himself.
David Wright, 56, of Acton, who has been dry for seven years, sunk so low even his family refused to talk to him.
He is now a volunteer for an outreach service funded by the Ealing Council Drug and Alcohol Action Team and a peer consultant with B.HUG, a homeless and social exclusion charity, based in Brent.
He was nominated by Joe Whitaker, community insight research manager for B.HUG, who said: "David has made an
outstanding contribution to the community in Ealing, supporting vulnerable people with substance misuse problems to recover their lives and dignity and encouraging others to follow his example.
"His addiction, destroyed his family life and left him homeless and living an abysmal existence. He sunk as low as anyone could imagine, committing crime and at one point being stabbed during a fight on the street."
David, who also chairs the Ealing Service User Forum, said: "I am totally shell-shocked at being nominated. I just use my experience to try and help people in my position."