Matthew is sharp and energetic with a real knack for creative writing and all things musical. Today he describes himself as compassionate, intelligent and creative. Rewind to three years ago and he would have described himself as lost, irrational and impatient. Like many young people, he tried drugs at parties, but it was when he was introduced to the drug Ice at 18 years old, that the downward spiral began.
Ice (Crystal methamphetamine) took a hold of him and it wasn’t long before he was using it three times a week and struggling to keep his job as a carpenter. Eyes sunken in and a “skinny wreck”, he often went missing for days at a time. Until one day, his family’s desperate appeals for him to get help worked.
Having tried to detox from drugs at home without success, he decided to apply to Triple Care Farm’s withdrawal program, David Martin Place. The first few nights were spent crying in his room, but an encouraging letter from his sister spurred him on. Soon enough, he moved into the rehabilitation program where he spent three months getting well and preparing for new opportunities. In his own words, it was “the chance to start from square one.”
The music program was his refuge. Matthew is a talented rapper and songwriter. He composed a rap called ‘Triple Care Farm’ and the lyrics are so moving – here are few of the lines:
I’m re-building my life, feels like I’m growing new feathers.
My third and final chance and I aint gonna mess it.
Learning to deal with the stuff that the drugs were repressing. I’m stronger than I think.
I’m more determined than ever to show the people I’m great.
I don’t need this stuff, it well and truly took my soul.
Loving the waters I’m testing, lots of support that I’m nestling. No longer feel the aggression. No longer making mistakes. No longer feeling so helpless.
Matthew is now in the Aftercare Program, being supported back into the community. His goals are to save money and make wiser life decisions as he finds purpose in his carpentry job again.
“It brings my parents to tears to see how well I’m doing and to see the old me again. Looking back, that wasn’t me. I have found myself again.”
Thank you for helping Matthew to find his spark and transform his life.