Huseyin Djemil

The treatment field: trends + challenges

More info

Huseyin Djemil is a freelance commissioner, director Green Apple Consulting and founder of Towards Recovery - and a columnist for Recovery Plus journal. He has over 19 years' experience specialising in the criminal justice / drug treatment sector.

Huseyin underwent residential rehabilitation for class A drug use in 1986, and has gone on to roles including: Admissions & Referrals Coordinator, Arrest Referral & Drug Worker, Service Manager, DAAT Coordinator & Commissioner and then as HMPS London area Drug Strategy Coordinator for the 7 London prisons.

In 2009, he developed Green Apple Consulting, with the aim of improving the condition of his clients, and thus improving the lives of the people around them. He now works with an extensive range of UK & International charities, social enterprises, private and public sector organisations, central government departments, universities, local authorities, religious institutions, think tanks, London wide consortia of organisations and other consultancies.

Towards Recovery was founded in 2012 with the aim of making Recovery more visible in Henley-on-Thames and the surrounding areas.  It shows that Recovery from addiction is possible, that people in Recovery are responsible citizens and community assets that positively contribute to the wellbeing of those around them.

Huseyin opened the monthly Recovery Café in Henley on Thames, as a safe space for people in recovery from addiction to meet, and where families could go for help and peer support.

In 2013, Huseyin developed a national Towards Recovery Conference, bringing together speakers representing a variety of recovery and addiction services, people in recovery and families who have been affected by addiction. The annual event aims to highlight topical issues, stimulate debate and bring services together with people in recovery.

After 4 years of running as a self funded initiative, Towards Recovery became a  Community Interest Company (CIC) in 2017. This allowed Huseyin to bring his own brand of innovation and creativity to helping people in Recovery get access to work and to housing. Doing this means developing an an extended programme of events and services that can be delivered anywhere.

In 2018, Huseyin received national lottery funding for his proposed ‘Out of Hours’ project and re-launched the Recovery Cafe nights – starting as monthly sessions in Henley with more venues / dates and projects in the pipeline.

Huseyin is a passionate advocate of abstinence-based rehabilitation as necessary in all stages of treatment and recovery, and excellent drug treatment services that allow drug users to move out of addiction and achieve their full potential and place in society, because life really does get better when you’re off drugs and in control of your own destiny”

He is a motivational speaker and the author of ‘Inside Out: How to get drugs out of prison’