RECOVERED: "I've copped a lot of crap for being a Manly supporter, a Christian and an ice addict," Danny Tomkinson said, holding his new four-week-old pup, Bozo. Matthew Newton

Darling Downs ice addict says he was saved by God

DANNY Tomkinson has celebrated an entire year since he kicked his $250-a-day ice habit.

And although he credits the overhaul of his drug habit to the love and help from friends and from God, it's obvious he is a man with enormous strength and self-determination.

In spite of struggling with alcoholism and drugs in the past, Danny said he hadn't touched liquor for over 20 years and was running a successful car-detailing business and attending church regularly when he fell into a particularly bleak period in his life.

"There was no one to go to then. My family's not close."

"There was no one really to talk to about it or work through it," Mr Tomkinson said.

"I believe in God, but you need people in your life."

It was at this time he was befriended by a couple of ice users and he suddenly had people to talk to again, and it wasn't long before he too began using, and then was addicted.

At first the ice had a calming affect upon Mr Tomkinson.

As he lost the crippling feelings of anxiety and depression, the people he had become involved with began moving into his life.

"I went from a successful business person going to church to someone just controlled by junkies," Mr Tomkinson said.

"I ended up getting sores on my arms because I didn't eat properly, I lost a lot of weight. I used to live across from Caltex and would eat a bag of lollies and a coffee for dinner."

"The ice is like a slow thing, you don't realise how bad it is until after a few months, next thing you're breaking out in sores." The drug's effects compounded further and Mr Tomkinson became paranoid and fearful to the point he was too scared to go to sleep at night because his nightmares were so terrifying.

ON THE MEND: Danny Tomkinson with his puppy Bozo at his home north of Chinchilla. Photo Matthew Newton / Chinchilla News
ON THE MEND: Danny Tomkinson with his puppy Bozo at his home north of Chinchilla. Matthew Newton

"I was just a different person," he said.

"I'd go three or four days (without ice) trying to stop and I'd get violently ill. And I couldn't work. So I'd go get more (ice), have some, then I was right, I could work again, I felt normal."

After living like this for months, his breaking point finally came one night at 2am when one of the local ice dealers came to his house with other men armed with baseball bats.

Mr Tomkinson rang Triple 0 for help and although the dealers had left by the time the policeman arrived, he asked him to escort him to his friend's farm.

"I drove out here that night at 3 o'clock in the morning and they (the family) sat outside and talked with me until daylight," he said.

Later that same day he burnt the remainder of his drugs.

A year on and Mr Tomkinson is still living on the farm of the family which saved his life, completely clean from drugs and alcohol, living a peaceful life, running his business, playing and writing music and trying to help other local addicts kick the habit.

"It's been a year but it still takes time to get better. Ice wrecks you," he said.

"It's awesome to get better, but you've gotta give people hope in the town. You can get off it, but you've got to want to get off it."