Substance use was destroying Levi’s life. He never thought that his life would become one of taking ice and marijuana daily; even lying and stealing from his family to support his habit.
Family life for Levi could be described as a typical Australian upbringing. The middle child of three siblings, Levi came from a supportive family.
Never one to enjoy school, Levi found work as a trades assistant. He enjoyed this role and completed further study to gain full-time employment.
Levi was 17 when he started to use marijuana. After getting his drivers licence he was enjoying his new-found independence. He started to experiment with drugs socially when “out with the boys”.
In 2015 his life started to unravel.
Drugs were no longer a social experiment. The outings with his friends turned sinister, and soon Levi was addicted to ice and marijuana, growing a gambling habit as he desperately tried to fund his addiction. He spent any money he had access to on drugs and gambling. First, hundreds and then thousands of dollars.
Hiding his addiction from his family and employer became impossible. After 31/2 years of employment, Levi lost his job.
Last year, one of Levi’s close friends committed suicide. Grieving, scared and fuelled on drugs, Levi was soon after in a major car accident. His life was spiralling fast. He knew at this point that he needed help.
After learning of Triple Care Farm online, Levi made the decision to ask for help.
Thanks to you, Levi began his journey to recovery at Triple Care Farm earlier this year.
“It wasn’t easy, especially at the beginning. But I was so scared about what would happen if I didn’t change, so I stuck with it and I am glad I did.”
Levi was at Triple Care Farm for 10 weeks. In this time he worked with staff to understand his goals.
One of Levi’s goals was to learn how to go out and have a fun night without the use of drugs or alcohol. Supported by staff at Triple Care Farm, Levi learned skills to help him when temptation was strong.
Towards the end of his time at Triple Care Farm, Levi wrote a letter to his counsellor.
“One way I have changed over the last ten weeks is by being more positive about everyday life. Focussing on the life changes I have made has given me inspiration to set new and higher goals that will set my future up.”
Levi was proud of the projects he completed in the woodwork room and enjoyed working in the orchard. During his time at the Farm he also gained his forklift qualification. “I would never have thought in a million years I would enjoy the education program”.
Levi has now left the Farm but continues to keep in regular contact with the Triple Care Farm outreach aftercare worker who helps him continue to work towards his goals.
Levi is back living with his family and is working full-time driving heavy machinery. Work keeps Levi busy and now, instead of spending his weekends on drugs, he enjoys nothing more than going dirt bike riding with his brother.
“I feel like my motivation for everything has been a lot more positive and happier remembering I don’t need drugs for me to get through each day and just being high on life. My time at Triple Care Farm was life changing. I am proud of myself for completing the program and will never forget the staff and other students who shared this journey with me.”
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