Sam, 18, was referred to Triple Care Farm (TCF) by his Case Worker as a result of run-ins with the law. Regularly consuming a cocktail of methamphetamines, pharmaceutical drugs, cannabis and alcohol, Sam had also been diagnosed with depression.
Sam attended weekly individual counselling sessions over a period of 8 weeks that focused on enhancing his motivation, learning about the link between drug use and mental health, identifying and challenging unhelpful thinking patterns, and developing new relaxation and mindfulness skills. Sam also met with the TCF visiting GP, who adjusted his medication, and monitored his health on a weekly basis for 9 weeks.
Sam received holistic treatment through consultation with his GP, a psychologist, and the TCF living skills worker. Thanks to your support, Sam was able to attend cooking classes, the gym, boot camp, and new sport and leisure activities each weekend, which all helped him relearn how to have fun, without drugs. He particularly excelled at non-contact boxing, which was great for his mental alertness and fitness.
While at Triple Care Farm, Sam completed a Certificate II in work skills through TAFE outreach. With help from the Links to Learning staff, Sam put together a resume, and started looking for work. His newfound confidence allowed him to enrol in a TAFE trade training course which he started soon after leaving Triple Care Farm.
Setting career goals led to a shift in Sam’s thinking. He now wanted to be clean of drugs and focused on his new career as an electrician.
Sam graduated from Triple Care Farm with a great sense of pride, acknowledging: “it’s the first thing I ever finished for myself”. His renewed sense of achievement stands him in good stead for success. We wish him all the best!