No one chooses addiction, just as they never choose to be abused, traumatised or homeless.
Behind so many stories of drug and alcohol addiction, there is trauma. Often, substance abuse is used as a coping mechanism.
This was true for Lisa*. She was just nine when her stepdad started abusing her. Years of neglect and violence left her with panic attacks, severe anxiety and self-harming.
“Eventually, I was abusing drugs and alcohol. I couldn’t face the day without something in my system.” ˗ Lisa
Addiction was not Lisa’s choice. And it was not her fault.
After her third suicide attempt, she sought help
Thankfully, Lisa found a place at a treatment centre for young Australians funded by Sir David Martin Foundation. When she arrived, she was just 16, but already showing signs of post-traumatic stress.
During her treatment, Lisa was supported to manage her mental illness and address the trauma she suffered as a young girl. She learnt new coping skills to help her live a safe and healthy life.
Sir David Martin Foundation is a 30-year old family foundation, helping young people in crisis. The Foundation is named after the former Governor of NSW and the Martin family continues to drive the vision of Sir David, to give safety, hope and opportunity to all vulnerable young Australians. We are the major funder of Mission Australia’s Triple Care Farm, a unique, holistic treatment centre which each year gives over 200 vulnerable young Australians, aged 16-24, a safe place to get well and prepare for new opportunities.
*Names and images changed to protect privacy