“If it wasn’t for Triple Care Farm, I would probably be dead.”
Training with SDMF Ambassador, Ben Savva in the Triple Care Farm gym, Natalie can’t help but smile. Joined by several other students, Natalie laughs as she drops her coordination in the boxing sequence she is learning.
“I’m really enjoying today. If you had asked me a few months ago if I would be having fun exercising my answer would have been completely different. Triple Care Farm is challenging me to try new things and is helping me to realise that I can have fun sober.”
Before Triple Care Farm, Natalie struggled with alcohol. Drinking to the point of passing out became almost a daily occurrence. Her parents were forced to kick her out of their home when she became abusive. After spending some time couch surfing and on the streets, her older sister took her in. But soon, Natalie’s behaviour worsened until she was given an ultimatum – stop drinking or be cut off from the family.
Natalie knew her family was serious. She had 2 choices – go back on the streets and lose her family or get help and overcome her addiction to alcohol.
“To me I was just having fun, but when my family told me that they didn’t want anything to do with me ever again if I continued to drink I knew my drinking was out of control. And that’s why I made the decision to come to Triple Care Farm and get help. I don’t want to lose my family. I have 2 nephews and they are my motivation when I feel like quitting.”
Natalie is determined to show her family that she is committed to overcoming her addiction and is focussed on developing skills to deal with emotions like anger. Natalie is working to achieve her Certificate II in education and enjoys time in the gym. People like Ben are inspiring Natalie to focus more on her health and she’s even thinking about studying personal training when she leaves the Farm.
*Name and image changed to protect identity.