I packed lots of food and vitamins thinking a week away with a full belly, plenty of sleep and meaningful chats with his mum would be enough to get him back on the right track.
It did go well, but before long Ned was back on the rollercoaster of addiction.
I remember the exact moment when I realised he was in much deeper trouble than he had let on and at whatever cost, I knew I had to seek professional help. So I joined a support group and started researching detox and rehabilitation programs.
I was looking for a service that would not only meet the needs of his addiction, but would care for him in a kind and non-judgmental way, and allow me to be involved in the process of supporting him through his journey to recovery.
I found Mission Australia’s Triple Care Farm and I was able to refer him myself.
By this time Ned’s life was spinning out of control, but he was reaching out for help. It was so devastating to see him struggle in this way – those were very hard days. I was sick with worry that something would happen to him before he was accepted into the program.
When we were notified of his intake date, we both felt an overwhelming sense of relief. Ned joined the program and made steady and positive progress. At around the four week mark he came home to support his partner in childbirth. It was always the intention for Ned to go back as soon as possible after the birth.
But unfortunately his return to the farm was delayed for three months because of major COVID lockdowns. These months were too long for the early stages of his recovery. He was back on the rollercoaster of addiction. More hard days followed.
There were times when I felt so defeated by the power of the drugs that were ravaging my son’s mind and body. Each episode having a greater impact on Ned’s health and wellbeing.
But I wasn’t giving up and he desperately wanted to go back to the farm. We kept in close contact with his support workers, especially the Aftercare worker Linda, to ensure the minute the doors opened he could return.
He is back in the program now and making steady progress again. Ned has connected with many of the support workers at Triple Care Farm and it is their kindness, professional support and understanding that have helped him draw on his own strength and determination towards long-term recovery and a new beginning.
I’m so very proud of my beautiful son – a loving father – for taking responsibility for his health and wellbeing, and not giving up on the darkest of days.
We are both so very grateful to the team at Triple Care Farm for throwing us an invaluable lifeline. I honestly don’t know where we’d be without you. From the both of us we thank you so very, very much.”
The generosity of Sir David Martin Foundation’s supporters ensures that Triple Care Farm can continue to provide best practice, youth drug and alcohol programs to young Australians struggling with addiction. Thank you for helping us offer hope to families like Pippa’s when they need it the most. Your support is life changing.
*Pippa’s story was originally shared as part of the 2021 Triple Care Farm Graduation Ceremony. We have changed her name and photo to protect her family’s privacy. We thank her for being so open and wish her son all the best in his continued recovery.