In 2012, John had a spiritual awakening and a psychic change as a result of working The Twelve Step Program. Having a strong affiliation with Japanese culture, he changed his name to Ren Koi (Ren meaning both ‘Lotus’ and ‘love’ in Japanese, and Koi being the symbol of courage in Buddhism while also being associated with perseverance in adversity and strength of purpose in Japan).
In his first book, Addiction Prevention: Twelve Steps To Spiritual Awakening (2016), Ren proposed that the implementation of addiction prevention classes in schools could prevent the onset of mental health issues that people attempt to medicate with addictive substances and damaging behaviors, which lead to addictions. He has since published three more books and is currently writing his fifth book.
Working in the substance misuse field since 2015, Ren has tried to carry the message of recovery to still-suffering alcoholics and addicts. He works in partnership with people both personally and professionally to help them change their lives for the better, and achieve positive and life-affirming goals.
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