A FORMER alcoholic from Wigan has been honoured in Parliament for turning his life around in the face of addiction.
Wayne McGarrigan was honoured at the House of Commons as an unsung hero for public health. He was being was recognised for his outstanding work in supporting individuals with substance misuse problems across the borough.
I’m really passionate about recovery. I get a tingle down my spine when I see people doing wellWayne McGarrigan
Since working for Addaction’s Recovery Partnership for two years, he has helped people who have been affected by drugs and alcohol get their lives back on track.
The Worsley Mesnes 42-year-old said: “I am absolutely stunned to even be considered for this award.
“I’m flattered and humbled to receive the honour. I’m doing a job I love and am thankful to be surrounded by so many positive and enthusiastic people. Everything we do here at Wigan and Leigh Recovery Partnership is down to teamwork.
“There are no weak links in the organisation, and I couldn’t have done this without the full support of everyone.”
He attended a celebration event at the House of Commons, where he received a letter of thanks from Jane Ellison MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health.
Born and bred in Wigan, Wayne himself struggled with alcohol before getting it under control and going on to support not just individuals in recovery, but their families and wider communities, too.
McGarrigan added: “I’m really passionate about recovery. I get a tingle down my spine when I see people doing well.
“Everybody’s got it within them to make positive changes in their lives, and I get a buzz out of that. When I see someone, who not that long ago couldn’t even handle getting on public transport, doing well, I feel good too. You see that smile on their face and that glint back in their eye, their entire demeanour changes. A lot of times I can see that in people when they first come into contact with our service; you know they’ve got it within them but they can’t yet see it themselves.”
Sharon Wain, service manager of Wigan and Leigh Recovery Partnership, said: “Wayne is a valued and well respected member of the team who goes above and beyond on a regular basis. It’s good to see his hard work recognised.”
Professor Kate Ardern, Director of Public Health at Wigan Council said: “I’m so proud of Wayne’s achievements and helping people in the Wigan Borough.
He has done an amazing job in supporting both individuals and families to overcome substance misuse issues. He is passionate about recovery, always goes the extra mile for others, and thoroughly deserves this award.”