“Jimmy K” was born James Patrick Kinnon. A Scottish immigrant, Jimmy once had hopes of going into the priesthood however his effort with drugs and alcohol derailed his intentions. By 1950 and using the assistance of the 12-step program Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Jimmy was competent to overcome his dependence on alcohol. The program nonetheless discouraged individuals from talking over addictive problems to virtually any different chemicals. Jimmy came to the realization by meeting with individuals that in addition had addictive problems to many other chemical compounds, there were no equivalent programs to aid individuals.
Aided by the permission of AA, Jimmy tailored the 12 step program and co-founded Narcotics Anonymous. The group provides help to people combatting narcotics additions. Using the 12 steps of recovery and based on the basic principle of anonymity, individuals meet to talk about their particular tales, fully understand their addictions as well as support one another to get clean. Jimmy K died in 1985 and stayed clean during the last 35 years of his existence.