That is the second in a sequence of options on the drug abuse drawback in rural Hampton County, and people who have overcame its addictive grip to assist themselves and others.
His dad and mom discovered him there. Unconscious. Medicine and paraphernalia all around the home. Native police have been after him for an AR-15 stolen from a patrol automotive. There was a path of tears and ache and damaged guarantees in his wake, and earlier than him – nearly sure demise.
Brice Noll’s dad and mom did what would break any mum or dad’s coronary heart to do– they known as native regulation enforcement on their son.
“Mother and Dad did one of the best factor for me – they known as the police,” Noll says right now, trying again on such laborious years crammed into such a younger life. “That turned out to be the most secure factor for me. If my dad and mom wouldn’t have known as the cops on me and obtained me arrested, I’d most likely be useless.”
The trail of medicine and felony conduct began at a younger age. After overdoses, near-overdoses and failed rehab makes an attempt, his survival is sort of a miracle. A good larger miracle is the truth that Noll, now drug free and again in his hometown of Hampton, S.C., just lately turned an ordained minister and is on one other, vastly completely different path.
Noll, now 26, works as a dental assistant whereas he’s enrolled at Grand Canyon College majoring in Biblical Research and Philosophy. The Wade Hampton Excessive graduate has even larger goals of incomes a Masters of Divinity at Southeastern College.
Noll turned an ordained minister on Nov. 15, 2020, and now serves as an affiliate pastor within the younger grownup ministry at Varnville First Baptist Church.
“I used to be all the time afraid I might be officiating his funeral, and now I’m main worship serves with him,” rejoices VFB reverend Dr. Tommy Kelly. “God has actually touched his life and he’s doing an exceptional job immersing himself in his work and his religion. He’s particularly good at reaching individuals who have gone by way of drug dependancy.”
A misplaced boy
Brice Noll was a typical American child. He performed soccer on an Olympic growth group and beloved video video games, music and hanging out with the cool crowd. However like too a lot of his friends, he began smoking weed and consuming at a younger age – the eighth grade.
By his freshman yr of highschool, he was getting excessive each morning earlier than faculty and started “dabbling” with capsules, he remembers. By the tenth grade, “issues began getting out of hand” and he was doing cocaine and taking opiates. By his senior yr, he had begun injecting opiates, heroin and cocaine.
“My highschool years are type of blurry,” Noll admits. “They only type of mix collectively.”
Act II of his life’s story doesn’t get any clearer in his reminiscence. He moved in with a member of the family in Columbia, who kicked him out when he left needles laying across the youngsters within the residence. He was homeless for some time, and would get up typically with needles nonetheless caught in his arms.
At that time, Noll thought, “I’ve obtained to do one thing.”
Then started the primary of many failed makes an attempt at rehabilitation that will topic his family members to an extended and emotional curler coaster trip.
There was a horrible and traumatic rehab try in Michigan at what turned out to be a Scientology middle, says Noll, adopted by even more durable drug abuse, his first arrest, after which 19 days of detox in solitary confinement.
This there was 15 days in Common Inhabitants, adopted by eight weeks of rehab at a faith-based dependancy ministry in Union Level, Georgia, and placement in a midway home in Tennessee.
“It was tough, horrible,” remembers Noll. “It broke me to the purpose the place I didn’t have any extra tears to cry.”
Nevertheless it didn’t work: Noll was kicked out of the midway home for consuming. He began abusing medicine once more. There have been extra arrests as he started stealing to help his habits.
“This was once I was at my worst. All my veins have been gone. It obtained to some extent the place I used to be injecting medicine in my neck as a result of the veins in my arm have been ruined. I wasn’t making an attempt to kill myself, I simply didn’t care if I lived or died.”
Throughout this time, Noll and an confederate broke right into a police automotive and stole a weapon. The lady later confessed, and in an effort to minimize the authorized penalties Noll checked himself right into a restoration program in Charleston. However he engaged in a lot drug use the evening earlier than his admittance that he went into overdose because the workers was checking him into detox.
Once more, his family members have been hopeful that this may be the miracle. Once more, they have been harm and upset.
Two months into his keep, Noll obtained kicked out for smuggling medicine into the power. He was moved to a sanctuary residence, the place he obtained kicked out for stealing capsules from one other resident. This sample continued, a lot to the heartbreak of the Noll household.
“It was so unfair to my mom,” Noll confesses. “I bear in mind her crying and shaking me and asking, ‘Why are you doing this to your self? Why are you doing this to us?’ It was the worst feeling that I’ve ever had.”
“However I simply couldn’t get clear, it doesn’t matter what I attempted. It’s like you might be possessed, like you’re a slave to the medicine. However there was no reconciliation with God at this level, and that’s what was lacking.”
His crimes lastly caught up with Noll when his dad and mom made that decision to regulation enforcement. After 4 months within the Hampton County Detention Heart, Noll was sentenced to eight years in jail, but additionally given a selection: the sentence can be suspended if he may decide to the strict phrases of drug court docket for one yr. This was a year-long, zero-tolerance program that included rehabilitation courses, each day drug testing and common dependancy conferences. One mistake, and it is laborious time.
Whereas it wasn’t a faith-based program, it was led by a Christian program director, Michael Lee.
“I didn’t need to be clear once I began this program, nevertheless it labored. That is the place I lastly obtained the assistance I wanted. Mike Lee was a godly man, he gave me books that began lighting a religious hearth in me, and he began planting seeds of religion. It was the primary time I actually noticed what the Gospel was. It’s about turning into a brand new creation.”
Noll doesn’t describe his conversion as some big religious second, however fairly as a gradual transformation. He efficiently accomplished drug court docket on July 31, 2018, and has been drug free since 2017.
“I noticed that I can’t repair me, and that was huge. And once I realized that He may repair me, that was even larger. At that time, I went on a mission to get to know God. I made a decision to go away no stone unturned in my journey to seek out out who God is and try to be like Him. Now, I really feel like God is telling me that it’s my calling to assist individuals.”
A brand new creation
“I actually obtained a recent begin,” says Noll. “I’m the final person who deserved to be made new, however by His grace He made me a brand new creation. All I did was belief Him to place His hand on me and alter me.”
Immediately, Noll leads a number of Bible research teams at VFB, and fills in as pastor when wanted. Drug court docket director Mike Lee got here to listen to his first sermon.
“That man, and my dad and mom, saved my life,” Noll acknowledged. “I might not be right here with out them. That yr of drug court docket pressured me to remain clear lengthy sufficient to get my head straight, after which discover God.”
Noll offers God the glory, and observers reward Noll for overcoming his previous. But when there’s a main takeaway level in Noll’s story, it might be the end result of the robust love and difficult selections by his dad and mom, Doug and Kim Noll, in an effort to avoid wasting him. The Nolls had this recommendation to anybody who’s watching their baby undergo from energetic dependancy.
“As dad and mom who know the sensation of helplessness watching a baby battle by way of dependancy, Doug and I like to recommend reaching out to an Al-Anon and/or Nar-Anon group. These teams are help teams for households and mates of these in dependancy. When you can’t get to an in-person assembly, you may be a part of them on-line.
“We might additionally like to inform different dad and mom, households or mates who’re combating a beloved one struggling by way of dependancy, do not quit on them. There may be hope, they’ll recuperate, and most significantly, belief and lean on God. You are able to do all issues by way of Christ, who offers you power.”
Noll additionally needed to make some robust selections. He needed to cease hanging out with most of his former mates and keep away from his former environments. That, alongside along with his household and religion, has been key to his sobriety and continued success.
“Don’t quit hope. All it takes is so that you can actually consider and say ‘God, I need assistance. I’m damaged, repair me. When you can cry out to Him, you are able to do it.”
Noll additionally encourages anybody who wants assist to contact him at (803)-942-3574, by electronic mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at his weekly Bible Research held at 7 p.m. on Fridays on the Varnville First Baptist Life Heart.