“Life has so many obstacles…and in the hardest times, it’s when life tests you the most. But you have to pick yourself up. You can do it in the end- you just have to keep trying.”
When Melanie found Triple Care Farm, she was desperate to get her old life back and break free from the chains of alcohol addiction. At school she was the active, sporty one- known for her skills on the soccer field. She was undeniably a talented athlete, and had plans to pursue her passion for sports in the future.
On the surface, this is how most people knew her, but little did they know that Melanie had a violent, alcoholic father at home who would verbally abuse her whenever he’d have too much to drink. On top of this, Melanie was suffering from depression- a condition that ran in the family.
In high school she found herself turning to alcohol as an attempt to regulate her emotions and drown out the depressive thoughts that often took hold of her. Over the years of her young life she had developed a very tough outer shell and wasn’t coping with her struggles very well.
One day when Melanie was out on the soccer field, she injured her knee and was told that she would need full knee construction surgery and physical therapy before she could play again. After the surgery there were complications with her recovery process as her substance use prevented her from being able to dedicate her time to physical therapy. A second knee construction surgery was in the pipeline but she was worried about the outcome.
When Triple Care Farm was recommended to her she knew straight away that this was what she needed. Her motivation to enter treatment was high and she wanted to complete her rehabilitation before having her second surgery to increase the chances of being able to recover and play sport again.
During her time at the Farm staff were able to help her make the link between her depression, substance abuse and family dysfunction. It took a while but, with patience, staff were able to break down the thick wall she’d built around her and she was able to open up about her struggles. “I felt so supported at Triple Care Farm…the staff really cared for me and helped me to get my life back on track.” Melanie was quite drawn to the sport and recreation aspect of the program and, during her time there, she learnt to care for her health again. Regular GP visits at the Farm meant that she was able to stay healthy and prioritise her wellbeing. Melanie realised that she was not alone in her struggles as she journeyed through this transformative program with people her own age. Finally there was hope.
It has now been 6 months since completing the program, and Melanie is feeling optimistic about her second surgery. She has been living with her Aunty and is planning on studying Sport Science at TAFE. Soon she will be back on the soccer field, pursuing her dreams.
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