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I think it’s possible that Nick survived, yes. Even if he died, I’m pretty sure Blake Berris is still on the show (or at least was until very recently). So he could stick around as a ghost or he could be alive and messing with Sami/Gabi/Kate. It would be fun to see them all freaked out :) Days also put out a casting call for a Nick lookalike a while ago, so something is definitely going to happen.
I agree that it’s getting repetitive, but if he doesn’t start using again, his storyline will probably be him falling in love with a new woman in like a week. And to me, that’s the oldest Brady story. He needs to be single for a while. But who knows, he might end up doing drugs AND “falling in love”… again.