"Nick's Battle to Regain His Life and Family"


                                                                                        Nicholas Forsythe's Story

Hello All,   

      I would like to start off by saying that out of all the burdens and set backs that I have had to face and overcome, this one by far is the most difficult. That being said, to my wife Erica I love you and owe you the world ten times over for standing by my side and loving me through these incredibly taxing, scary, and sometimes felt like never ending  times!! I always have had this love for you and it only grows stronger every minute, of every hour, of every day! Also, to everyone else who has been there for me in the past, blood or not I will always love you like a family member and thank you!!

    So as many of you all already know, and I am sure quite a few had speculated, I have been struggling with the Disease of Addiction for the past 3-1/2 years of my life. This Addiction that I have been fighting claims the lives of over 50,000 Americans a day, and sadly those numbers have only increased over the past few years. I know, knowing that I should have stopped my use long ago, because I definitely don't want to be part of those statistics! In the beginning yes, knowing what I know now and the damage that this has caused, I wouldn't have even touched any Prescription Drug . Prescribed or not!! Now I cant say that I didn't have any clue what the repercussions of taking "just a couple" of Norcos "every now and again" would have, but at the time I told myself, "I am only taking these to help speed up my production at work to in turn bring in extra cash", and "It's not like I am doing anything bad, besides, I can stop whenever I want". I eventually saw the negative effects that taking the pills, which ended up escalating to Oxycontin due to my tolerance levels rising, had been causing. Unfortunately it was too late! My brain had become dependent on the Opiates from the drug and when I tried to stop the withdrawal symptoms were so unbearable that I knew I couldn't go to work and that is when, I believe, Addiction's control showed it's true grasp, but due to denial, pride, and/or stubbornness I ignored the signs. Before I knew it my Addiction had taken over the part of my brain that says when, where, and why to fight or flight. It also has a way of masking the negative effects of using, as well as the harm and damage that it has caused to my family members, jobs, friends, physical appearance, mental state etc. Once my Addiction had achieved complete control it made itself right at home isolating me, stripping away my self worth, and eventually leading me directly into  depression, self hate, and seemingly the inability to pull my self out of this incredibly dark, lonely, and strictly regulated prison. Which was unmistakably and undeniably hand built brick by brick by none other than myself, although at the guidelines set forth by my disease.

   By the grace of my Higher Power I did not completely lose my moral compass through this all and have been able to withhold enough dignity and self respect to realize (mostly with the help of my beautiful and intelligent wife) that if I don't fight with every ounce of strength that I can pull together to kick this addictions ass then I will, best case scenario, end up behind bars and lose the privilege of being the father of our two preciously innocent 9 month old twin baby girl and boy that I've always wanted to be, or (worst case scenario) dead from an overdose, car wreck, and this list can go on! Lucky for me the Universe has started working in my favor since this new enlightenment and I was Referred to an Inpatient Residential Rehabilitation Program, by Kaiser Vallejo A.M.R.S./C.D.R.P.

    At this Treatment Facility I will be handed all of the information and tools that I will need to successfully recover from the devastation which I have caused at the hands of the Disease of Addiction. There I will be able to work with a group of people, that are dealing with the same trials and tribulations, towards living a bright and successful future that isn't clouded and held back due to Alcohol and/or Substance abuse. Along with the group counseling that is provided we will also be participating in Coping Skill Techniques, Relapse Prevention, Mindfulness, as well as many other Recovery Related Educational Group meetings. Although all of those things are extremely important for my Recovery, I am most grateful for the Couples and Family Counseling Sessions that are provided. 

    Of course myself, along with anyone else who is an Addict, or a Family Member of one, wishes that these types of services were given freely to those who were in need. Sadly, this is not the case and we are forced into doing whatever it takes to get the treatment that we desire. Lucky for me, I do have Medical Coverage, although my coverage will only cover 65% after a $1,000 deductible has been paid. Along with a Maximum Out of Pocket  set at $7,550. So here is the breakdown of the cost for 30 days of treatment - $4,532 + $1,000 Ded. = $5,532 with a minimum of $2,761 paid at the time of admission and the remainder to be paid prior to the end of the 30 day stay. Now I do know that 30 days is better than 0, but I also know that 30 days isn't nearly long enough to rewrite almost 1,460 days of use. That being said, if funding allows it, I am committing to 60 days in treatment. The great thing about the 30 days following the first is that because my Out of Pocket Max. is $7,550,  instead of the $4,532 that I would have to pay for the extended time, I would need to pay  $2,018.  Which, obviously being significantly lower in cost, is still quite a hefty bill,  but would make a tremendous difference in the quality/amount of Recovery Tools that I can acquire from the additional days in Treatment!

    So I ask of anyone who can manage to do so, without putting themselves into Financial Hardship, if you could please help my Wife, Erica, my Twins Keira Jade and Kaiden James, and Myself "The Addict" raise the money which will be needed to start the Treatment necessary to get Nicholas Forsythe BACK HOME! Ideally Treatment would start this coming Tuesday on the 27th of October, but I was only just informed on the 20th that my Medical Coverage only covered as much as it does. So with that, I am sending out prayers for a Halloween Miracle, and the ability to make it to treatment ASAP!!

Thank You, from the bottom of my heart, for reading this!!

Much Love, Nicholas "Nick" Forsythe


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Fundraising team: Forsythe Recovery Team (2)

Erica Forsythe 
Vacaville, CA
Nicholas Forsythe 
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