03 Jan Nick’s Story
My name is Nick and I am from Winchester, VA. This is actually my second time going through this program. I graduated in November of 2015 and I thought I had it all figured out. Once I graduated, I basically told God, “Thanks for your help, but I’ll take it from here.”
I quickly ended up reincarcerated for violating my probation and for some new charges. I used this time to re-establish my relationship with God and told myself that I would do what I needed to do to stay sober and be there for my daughter.
I did really well for a while. I had a great job, and I was involved in a church and attending meetings. I had built a good foundation. But the more I worked and the more money I made, I started putting God and my recovery on the back burner.
This February, my father got sick and was hospitalized due to an infection in his knee that had spread. On Valentine’s day morning we received a call that he had gone into cardiac arrest and was put on life support. I was devastated. I thought that I was going to lose my father and the only memories he would have had of me were of being an addict and a failure. Since I wasn’t really using the foundation that I had built anymore, I quickly turned to the one thing that I knew would numb my pain…drugs.
God healed my father but I was already “too far gone” to just stop.
After numerous chances from my probation officer and trying different options including suboxone, I tried to re-enter SVTC. When I went to see my probation officer to talk to him about it, I failed another drug test and was incarcerated on my fourth probation violation. I thought it was over. I told myself this was it and that, “…there’s no way that you are getting out of this mess this time!” Being court ordered to SVTC the last time I was a student, I thought there was no way the courts would allow me to come back again. Yet again, I underestimated God’s Grace and Mercy.
I was given yet another chance to be the man that God has intended me to be. I know that God has a plan for me and it’s not to be an addict or a screw up. He has given me the opportunity to be the father, son, and man of God I know I can be – and want to be.
2 Timothy 2:1
You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
Nick is going to be interning with us after he graduates the program and we pray Nick’s story will be an inspiration to the other men in the program. We hope Nick’s Story encouraged you and your walk with Jesus and that if Jesus can do it for Nick, He can do it for you!