Before Triple Care Farm, Trent struggled with drug and alcohol problems, which spiralled after a big relationship break up. Trent ended up homeless, in trouble with the law and with strained relationships with family and friends as a result of his addiction.
He looked for anything that would take him away from reality. His physical and mental health worsened over 6 months until he reached a point that he knew he needed help, and went to see a doctor who suggested Triple Care Farm. “Everything in my life went downhill”
“I remember putting off looking up Triple Care Farm for a couple of weeks. It felt like a really big deal and a massive commitment to make. Then one day I looked it up online and it felt OK, so I made the first call and that was the hardest point. But I got through to Dona, the intake officer, and suddenly it wasn’t so difficult.”
When he arrived at Triple Care Farm, Trent was scared. He had physically detoxed, but still felt ill-prepared for months of rehab. “I didn’t know what would happen or what to expect. But the one thing I did know from day one was that I was supported.”
“For the first few days, insomnia was a big issue. I had gone through the intense detox process but still wasn’t right. I felt self-conscious and shy. It took a few days to come out of my shell and was worried about my place amongst all the other students. But pretty soon I realised it was not about them, it was about me.”
When he first arrived at Triple Care Farm, early in 2015, Trent couldn’t begin to picture a future for himself. But with the support of the dedicated Farm staff and counsellors his goals became clear.
“At the Farm we all had a routine and structure to keep. We woke up at 8am each morning. I remember vividly this beautiful clear sunny weather we had for the first month. Waking up feeling healthy, with the sun shining. That was a big change for me, but something I will always remember.”
During the Triple Care Farm program, students have several activities in each day, with their own calendar based on their individual needs and interests, including education, counselling, vocational training, recreation and living skills such as learning how to cook, keep routine and look after their living spaces.
Trent really enjoyed spending time in the woodwork shed and remembers being very proud of creating and finishing a coffee table. But the most important part of the program for Trent was the Music program.
“I’ve always been a keen musician and the farm has a music teacher, Scott, who is also a welfare officer and a professional musician. I made a real connection with Scott and he was a great support to me. A lot of healing happened for me in the music program. “
Prior to coming to the Farm, Trent was living from one mess and one moment to another. He was in a delusional state and drugs and alcohol numbed him to that experience. “I had lost sight of myself, of who I was and who I could be. I was just surviving one day to the next.”
Triple Care Farm allowed Trent to learn about himself, and reconnected with who he wanted to be.
Today, Trent is in a new chapter of his life, with a clean slate, clarity, self-identity and self-worth. After living in transitional youth accommodation for 17th months after leaving the farm, supported by the Triple Care Farm Aftercare workers, Trent is now living in private accommodation with 2 new friends, studying a Bachelors degree in music and working full-time in a guitar shop - a job he loves. “I really feel like I am a part of society now.”
Thanks to generous supporters of Sir David Martin Foundation, Trent’s life has been turned around.
“I can’t believe that somewhere as well resourced, as beautiful and as supportive as Triple Care Farm is provided to people like me for free. So I can’t thank Sir David Martin Foundation and it’s donors enough for making it possible.”