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Toby* shares about how the Triple Care Farm Art Program gave him strength to get through rehabilitation.

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This is the theory:

The Art Therapy program links Creative Arts Vocational Education (CAVE) with the Clinical Program providing a non-verbal, tactile and visual alternative to the traditional talking therapies offered at Triple Care Farm.

But this is the practice. Toby’s story:

When I first came to the farm I was a bit quiet and didn’t really know how it was going to work out, or if I was going to fit in. I’m not much of a talker. There’d been some bad times at home before I left; some domestic abuse with my step dad and I worried about my mum. But I knew I had to get myself sorted out before I could help her, or anyone else.

The staff in the Triple Care Farm program make you try everything at first, then you work out what you want to spend more time doing. That’s when I found the art room. It was a place where you could be yourself and you didn’t need to try to pull yourself together all the time. It was ok to not be doing well.

While I was in the art room, I was letting my work do the talking and that made it easier to talk in other parts of the program. It helped me open up a bit more.  I had a lot of stuff to work out in my head, mostly involving my family - why I had got so unravelled, my addiction and how I wanted to get better at living without drugs.

I’m not an artist, and I didn’t think I had any ability, but now I can say yeah I can do that, I can draw. I believe in myself as a creative person and I’ve got more confidence.  I wouldn’t have believed that you could get such good help at rehab, but my time at the farm has shown me that it’s possible. Thank you that this is available for young people like me.

*Name changed to protect identity         

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