|Hello. I am Remy’s Mom! I’ve been struggling with depression and addiction for a long time. I would say since I was 12 or 13. But this last binge was the worst I’ve been through. In 2020 I decided to start using fentanyl and meth. A year went on, and I was still using. |
My depression was at its peak, and my boyfriend and I decided to get myself a cat. He was 10 weeks old and just the cutest thing. Unfortunately, about a month or two later, we became homeless and lived in our car. Remy went everywhere with us. He didn’t seem to mind the car as long as his mom and dad were there. We did end up losing the car when we got in an accident in 2021. And at that point, we only lasted till December 2021.
Sleeping outside in the cold and having my kitty cuddle me for warmth was heartbreaking. I decided it was finally time to get some help. I’ve been on this recovery journey since then, and I’m trying my best to get clean and stay clean.
Pawsitive Recovery was at the Sober Souls MC 8th Annual Hornbuckle Foundation fundraiser! The Hornbuckle Foundation put up a Poker Run September 10th. The Hornbuckle Foundation gives out grants and scholarships to people who are going into recovery that can’t afford their rehab or sober-living. Pawsitive Recovery’s executive director was there with Tonks, one of our foster pets whose owner, Simon is currently in a drug rehab. The event included a silent auction, food, and live music!
This string of articles will focus on meeting the Pawsitive Recovery team. This week we are highlighting Nick! Nick is in charge of Pawsitive Recovery’s fundraising and the donations.
Nicholas, a familiar face in the world of professional sports has gone through his struggles in a very different light then most of us. Becoming a national champion in the sport of figure skating at the age of 18, he had to learn very quickly how to navigate the challenge of living his life in the publics eye. The tragedy that struck his family with the murder – suicide of his parents which resulted from a Domestic Violent marriage was covered by news and media outlets nationwide. Being pulled in so many directions on how to be professionally treated emotionally and mentally while keeping his career in tact was the learning curve that would forever change his life.
At times when the road never seemed to have a light at the end of the tunnel he struggled with self-medicating, and faced the harsh reality that resulted in decisions that we aren’t proud of but so many of us struggle with. Throughout his career he skated his way to 8 major titles, was ranked 10th in the World, recipient of the Massachusetts State Award and he is listed in the Figure Skating Hall of Fame on two separate occasions. Upon his retirement, Nicholas and his sister started the US Athletic Foundation which was a fundraising-based non-profit that helped to sponsor figure skaters in need of financial assistance.
Their highlighted event “An Evening on Ice” would turn out to be one of the top live figure skating events to host Olympic, World and National Champions from all over the globe. With this experience, Nicholas is honored to lend a helping hand that could benefit Pawsitive Recovery through their various fundraising events and auctions. On many levels, Nicholas understands what Pawsitive Recovery can offer to struggling addicts, victims of domestic violence and the families that surround both of these situations.
Not only with the loss of his parents due to Domestic Violence, Nicholas is also a survivor of Domestic Violence himself and credits his Emotional Support Animal Bam-Bam as the light that kept him pushing through to survive these life challenges.
This section will showcase the all of Pawsitive Recovery’s stories and news updates!