Ashwani, as a Peer Recovery Coach and Mentor, focuses on instilling hope and modelling recovery through his personal, lived experience of addiction and recovery to help people achieve sustained recovery.

Ashwani facilitates a process of change through which individuals with substance use disorder can improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.

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Ashwani has been in recovery since 1994, when he overcame his illness, regained health and social function, and let those positive changes and values become part of a voluntarily adopted lifestyle.

Ashwani’s recovery has allowed him to successfully complete 44 years in the maritime industry, including a 32 years sailing career with 16 years as a Captain of oil tanker ships.

During the last 24 years of being in recovery, Ashwani spent 12 competent years in command of ships and another 12 accomplished years in the corporate world working in Ship Management before returning to India.

Reaching out for help and the support of 12-step mutual aid groups gave Ashwani a second chance to participate in his own life. He fervently believes lives can be transformed by altered attitudes and lifestyle choices and knows that anyone can reclaim their life to become responsible and productive.

Passionate about music, Ashwani possesses a comprehensive music collection and a deep interest in albums, bands, musicians and songs. He enjoys watching the best in film and performing arts with great admiration and appreciation for the artists, actors and filmmakers.