Lewis*, 20, attended Triple Care Farm and his journey of 12 weeks brought him back from the depths of alcoholic depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation.
Lewis came to the Farm with alcohol abuse issues that had lead to him losing his job. His conflicts with family escalated and hearing of the recent severe sexual assault of a close friend bought him completely undone.
Lewis was desperate to leave behind the angry and negative person he had become and wanted to look forward to having a different outlook on life; one of happiness and the "chance to be a new person".
"...drinking is pointless. I feel sick and depressed when I drink."
The medical history for Lewis was building to the point where he was admitted for alcohol poisoning. Lewis was unhealthy and slowly killing himself. From the very beginning of entering the Triple Care Farm program, Lewis faced his demons head on.
Immediately he forged a strong bond with his counsellor, attending GP appointments and dedicating himself to Boot Camp and the Vocational and Educational program.
Lewis graduated from the Triple Care Farm program happy, healthy (having lost over 15 kilos) and skilled for employment and abstaining from substance use. Shortly after leaving, he called the Farm to let them know he had been successful in securing a job as an Apprentice Landscaper.
"Over his twelve weeks at Triple Care Farm, Lewis came to understand that both ups and downs are an inevitable part of life. Though at times his journey proved challenging, through his hard work and dedication, Lewis developed the skills to help him safely and effectively manage the challenges life presents. This knowledge and skill will ultimately help Lewis to achieve the goals he sets for himself, in order to create 'a life worth living.'"
– TCF Counsellor
*name has been changed for privacy reasons