by Brooke Duncan
THREE years ago, Chinchilla's Danny Tomkinson decided enough was enough, and quit using the drug ice.
On February 24, 2015 he left his house for a new start, and never looked back.
And now he's looking forward to sharing his story with others.
Mr Tomkinson said he started taking ice after starting to lose customers at his car detailing business, and used the drug for a year and a half.
"It was killing me, I was 60kgs, had sores all up my arms, and my mind was dying, paranoia, so I just had enough,” Mr Tomkinson said.
"I've been on speed in my life, I've been on marijuana... but ice was a different drug, it was 100 times more powerful.
"I didn't know if it was real or not because I was having it and not getting all the other effects, but then you just go into your mind and sit there and stare.
"You don't like it most of the time you're on it, but you go back the next day to get the next bit, and that's addiction.”
But three years on, Mr Tomkinson he's clean, healthier than he's ever been, and hopeful that he will be able to share his story with others through the Australian Anti Ice Campaign very soon.
The campaign is aimed at educating and raising awareness of the drug ice.
"The motto of our campaign is 'not even once',” Mr Tomkinson said.
"Everyone we know who's had it once has never stopped, so just not to even try it, and that's virtually the message we'll tell them.”
Australian Anti Ice Campaign Darling Downs area coordinator Nathanial Leigh said he first met Mr Tomkinson after he reached out to the campaign.
"He shared with me his story and how ice affected him and the downward spiral that he fell into, how the drug ice gripped him, and how he got out of addiction, and wanted to express interest in presenting our in-school education to the community,” Mr Leigh said.
"From there we've been working with him into the stage where we're just waiting for his blue card.”
He said Mr Tomkinson had completed dual diagnosis training, allowing him to buddy with someone struggling in addiction and "walk alongside them” to provide support.
Mr Leigh said the campaign congratulates Mr Tomkinson on reaching the milestone.
"We as an organisation congratulate Danny on three years being clean,” he said.
"He will potentially become a presenter so that he can, with his own experience with drugs, he can then educate and tell the kids, don't touch it, delivering our message, 'not even once'.”