Years of bullying had worn Megan down. Once a happy and hopeful girl, she retreated into a dark lonely depression. Then.... she tried ice.
Megan used to be a happy and hopeful girl who loved Christmas. Summers spent at the beach with friends and Christmas day full of family and laughter. But years of bullying had worn Megan down, taking away her infectious smile and happy time with her family. She retreated into a dark, lonely depression.
Her school work suffered. Once an engaged and focused student, the bullying and her silent suffering saw her grades drop and passion dwindle. Her loving parents; good, honest, respectful people; worked hard with the school, but they couldn’t turn things around. They tried every way to help their daughter. They felt helpless.
Despite her parents’ efforts, Megan skipped school to go walking the streets, hanging out at shops, and meeting people who were getting into trouble. They welcomed her into their group and soon she was seeing them every day. But these were not good influences. The happy young girl disappeared.
It was during these times, late in 2014, that Megan first tried drugs. She was only 15.
Then one day, she tried ice. “The energy and the high were like nothing else. I just wanted more”.
But it came at a cost.
Megan stole from her parents until they locked their valuables away. Every attempt to talk ended in screaming matches. Their relationship unravelled. “We didn’t know what to do – this wasn’t the girl we raised,” Megan’s mum Sharon recalls.
Before long, Megan ran out of money and used sexual favours to pay for her drugs. Megan’s parents despaired for their daughter.
For almost a year Megan’s abuse spiralled, spending longer and longer away from home, bouncing from sofa to sofa, searching for money and drugs.
Then one night, in June this year, Megan was picked up by the police, crazy on ice, breaking into someone’s home. She turned her anger on a Police Officer and wound up in a cell.
Those nights in the cell were terrifying and painful as her body purged itself of the many substances she had been using.
Megan was devastated about what she had done – not just to the Police Officer, but to her parents. Her Mum never gave up on her, and as they worked through the legal processes, Sharon also helped her connect with Triple Care Farm. Megan agreed it was the place, and the program, she needed to finally put drug use behind her.
It was a warm, sunny day, just last month, that Megan’s mum drove her from Sydney down to the farm for the assessment interview. But the warmth didn’t just come through the window. At Triple Care Farm, Megan was surrounded by people who cared and wanted to help her.
Today, Megan, aged 17, is waiting to come to TCF, in the first intake of 2017. She is still worried because she has so much to make right. And she knows there’s a long way to go to put drug taking firmly behind her. But she is committed, and with your support, she will get the help she needs at Triple Care Farm.
Her wish this Christmas is to make things right in the New Year – to make amends with her family, to be a good daughter. She wants to put the past behind her and start again. She wants her family to be proud again.
Your donations will help young people like Megan who wants to atone for their mistakes gets the support they need. Today, there are 31 young people on the waiting list to come to Triple Care Farm in 2017.
Megan has kindly given us permission to share a letter she wrote to Triple Care Farm’s intake officer recently. This letter was included with her application to Triple Care Farm.