Abu As-Sidiq is a person in long-term recovery. Abu grew up in Chicago, Illinois, and has lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota since 1989. Since the early 1990s, Abu struggled with addiction. For many years, he was in and out of correctional facilities and treatment centers. Growing sick of a cycle of addiction and incarceration, Abu ended up in the Hennepin County Drug Court program. After hearing about Twin Cities Recovery Project in treatment, he started volunteering at the program and working with a Recovery Coach. Through working a 12-step program, giving back through volunteering, and working with a Peer Recovery Specialist, he finally managed to get on a recovery program that worked well for him. In July of 2021, he graduated from the Hennepin County Drug Court program, and continued to stay close to TCRP for support.
In September of 2021, Abu joined the team at Twin Cities Recovery Project as a Recovery Navigator through a service year with Minnesota Recovery Corps. Through the Recovery Navigator role, Abu has been working at TCRP’s South Minneapolis location to help people in early recovery navigate their way through recovery, by sharing his experiences of once being a program participant himself. Abu looks forward to engaging the community and bringing hope to his community by helping other’s who have been in a similar situation to him and is passionate about helping people.