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Abby* was 18 when she arrived at Triple Care Farm. Challenging life experiences such as family breakdown, anxiety, depression, and domestic violence, led to her using over $900 of ice per day, smoking tobacco and cannabis. Abby needed help.

AdobeStock Abbysstory website mainimageAbby has experienced many struggles in her young life, including mental illness, family breakdown and domestic violence from her boyfriend. Her family also has a history of mental health problems and substance use.

Cannabis became a way for Abby to manage her emotions, fit in with
peers, and generally cope with life. Soon her drug use escalated. She was using ice.

Given she had not achieved her Year 10 certificate and had difficulties reading and writing, Abby faced significant barriers to accessing further training or gaining employment.

Abby’s goal was to completely quit using ice and cannabis. She wanted to get her mental and physical health back on track and work
toward getting her own accommodation.

At Triple Care Farm, Abby made the most of the opportunity to gain greater understanding of her drug use and herself. She participated in art, sports, exercise and outdoor activities, as well as focused
on educational and vocational opportunities.

In the education program, Abby achieved her year 10 equivalent to help her move into employment. Having access to a GP weekly allowed her to address some of her health concerns, while learning about healthy household living routines and developing her interpersonal skills.

During her time at TCF, Abby worked to build her confidence and boost her physical, social and emotional wellbeing. Her hard work was rewarded with her successfully gaining night-employment that she was able to set-up prior to her graduation.

Abby has now graduated from Triple Care Farm, and with the support of the Aftercare Worker, has remained abstinent from substances, and has successfully maintained her employment as a cook. Her family relationships are stronger and more stable. She has “gained the tools to accomplish anything in life”.

 

 

*name has been changed for privacy reasons

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