Recovering addicts making a difference in the community

Published: Jul. 17, 2018 at 7:45 AM PDT
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Recovering drug addicts are looking for ways to give back to those in need, including those still suffering from addiction.

"The addiction is a lot harder than you think," said recovering addict James Nash. "You cannot give up on somebody. They have a chance to get clean as long as they are alive."

Nash knows. He has been there. And like many addicts, he used drugs as a way to cope from traumas he experienced.

"I would say it was between molestation when I was younger from my uncle, and my dad not being around," said Nash.

Nash has been clean for a while. He has been working with other recovering addicts at

to give back to the community.

"When a community sees that recovering addicts are giving back to it, it makes it easier to integrate and accept them (back to society)," said Grant Denton, a Peer Recovery Specialist at the Life Change Center.

So they built a "Karma Box," where people can donate items like canned goods or hygiene products for those in need. They built the first Karma Box in front of the AM/PM Store located at 2707 US Highway 50 E. Carson City.

"There was this worry that people would empty everything," said Denton."But that is not happening. People are only taking what they need, and that speaks volumes about people in need."

The community's response to the first Karma Box has been positive. Word spread about the Karma Box and other businesses from all over are reaching out to get them.

"We have been getting a lot of calls of businesses wanting to put one up in their place," said Denton.

The first Karma Box was put up in the Reno/Sparks area recently. The owner of Mari and Chuy's Mexican Kitchen located in Midtown, wanted one placed in front of his store to spread positivity, and hopes other businesses do the same.

These Karma Boxes would not be possible without Home Depot's donations. They provide the materials needed to create the Karma Box.

If you would like to order a Karma Box, you can get one for free. If you would like to help make one, you can contact Grant Denton by email at:, or by phone: (702) 980-0347.