David Tilse.
David Tilse.

Back from the dead: Setting an example after 38 yrs of drugs

DAVID Tilse died.

Not just once but a few times from overdosing on drugs.

The 53-year-old decided to go to rehab in 2014, after almost 38 years of using drugs.

Hailing from Mackay, the father-of-two used "pretty much everything" but had big problem with methanphetamine.

"I knew I needed to change, I'd already been divorced twice, I was a dairy farmer for a long time and lost the opportunity to stay on the farm... I lost contact with my children."

For David it was a slow decline into a drug habit that ruled his life, starting smoking marijuana at 14 and drinking alcohol at school during lunch time. David came and went at Bayside Transformations a few times across the years.

"Each time I left life soon went pear shaped again, so I knew to come back and thankfully always welcomed back... until it finally stuck. I am so glad I did."

Now as Transformations house leader on the Gold Coast, David wants to help others find the freedom he had.

Within the last few months, David's nine-year-old daughter Suzannah reached out to contact him.

"It's been really good it has really changed both our worlds. I'm a healthy man to be around now," he said.

"That's what its all about, reconnecting."

You can hear inspiring stories like this and support the organisation making a difference at the Bayside Transformations Spring Gala next Friday, September 27.

The ball will feature House Rules brothers Josh and Brandon as guest speakers and entertainment by popular Fraser Coast band Soul City.

Tickets can be purchased at www.frasercoasttickets.com.au