Five years of Healing…

Tomorrow marks a major milestone in my history. One that most people, including many close friends, do not know about me.

Five years ago, I had a drug problem. Not just a drug problem, a serious drug problem.

This was me then.

I thought no one knew. At least no one spoke up. My friends just kept on being my friends, hoping, praying, that I would come to my senses.

I didn’t come to my senses on my own, well, not completely.

One night, while I was going out to meet friends, I was making a left hand turn when my headlights failed, I turned into a parking lot, but a helpful Police officer saw my lights flicker and thought I might have needed assistance.

That may not have been the assistance I wanted, but it was the assistance I needed. Since I didn’t have valid tags the officer asked me to get out of the car and wanted to pat me down for weapons, what I had forgotten was that I had something in my pocket.

That’s all it took. I was in cuffs before I knew it, on my way downtown….

That was the last time I did drugs. That was 5 years ago today.

And this is what I look like today:

This is me now.

I rarely share this story with anyone, but somehow it felt fitting that it be part of the blog carnival on Healing over at Bridget Chumbley’s Place.

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18 responses to “Five years of Healing…

  1. Thanks so much for being part of the carnival and sharing something so personal. I’m extremely grateful for that helpful Police Officer… now I get to have a very dear friend in my life. Happy 5 years, Nick.

  2. Nick – I am proud of you! This is a tough confession to make publicly and one that I hope will help someone else. Glad you had the “assistance” to change your life – I love who you have become. I did not know you in those days, but I adore what you have become. Thanks for sharing, and Happy Anniversary!

  3. Wow Nick. I don’t think it was a coincidence that your headlights failed that night. I have goosebumps! I’m so happy you had the strength to stop. Congrats on 5 years clean!

  4. Nick, while we connect only casually through business, I wanted you to know how wonderful your story is. Good for you. I come from a family with adiction issues. My mother, my father, my brother, my grandfathers, even my father in law……..I’ve watched those issues affect my entire family. So good for you! Good for you for taking care of yourself! Good for you for working on healing yourself! And most of all good for you for being you! You deserve that.

  5. Nick, having seen my share of chemically-altered living, as well as seeing too many friends lose their way because of it, I wish to say something not many people can: it’s good to see you on the other side. Congrats brother, may you stay on this side for many moons!

  6. Congratulations on 5 years clean! That is a fantastic milestone!!!

  7. Found you via the Blog Carnival.
    Congrats on 5 years of healing from a drug addiction!

  8. I feel like we should break out the nipple tassels or something…

    But really, I’m so glad you broke free of the drugs. What would our lives be without our Schnik? Very sad, that’s what they’d be. Big hugs to you!

  9. So brave of you to share – Thank you!
    Congratulations on such a wonderful anniversary. My life is better for knowing you and for that I am grateful, too.

  10. Wow Nick! Thank you for trusting this group with your story. So glad that you got exactly the help you needed that night.

  11. I look at the first picture, and then I look at the second, and I see the man God created you to be.

  12. Praise God for His healing in your life!

  13. Thanks for sharing. It’s good that you did. Others need to hear. You need to tell. And when you find the feelings you don’t think you have, there will be more healing for you to share … I think.

  14. I didn’t want to believe it. I tried not to believe it. You’re my best friend and my cousin and I look up to you…I always have (I don’t mean in the literal sense either). The night you gave me your rehab certificate was one of the greatest nights in my life and I was the most proud person on the planet, I think. I’m so glad that you’ve stayed clean and I know that you will remain that way too. I love you 🙂

  15. Congratulations. A tough road that many can’t take. You are the kind of person that can make and keep that change.

  16. Good for you! Amazing how the Lord drops those “difficult” events into our lives — helpful police — to turn our lives around. My son has been operating in his addiction for 24 years, and I’m still waiting for the breakthrough that is necessary. Not only did the authorities break into your life, but you made the positive choice to move in the right direction… you DID have an option.

    Blessings!

  17. Just catching up on your posts. I, too, am thankful for that officer and the events of 5 years ago. While I didn’t know you back then, I’m so glad I do now. You are an amazing guy and an encouragement to all of us to make better choices & be accountable to each other.

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