With your help, addiction isn't the end of his story

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Every young person is more than their addiction. It shouldn’t define them for life.

Five years ago, Tyler was homeless, struggling with addiction and barely surviving from one day to the next. Now, thanks to the vital support of people like you, he’s thriving.  

Tyler grew up in a fractured household and experienced frequent family violence. Like many teenagers, he experimented with drugs and alcohol, and would often use them to escape his everyday life. “I tried almost anything that would take me away from reality,” says Tyler.

Just after his 17th birthday, Tyler’s relationship with his girlfriend broke down, and things quickly changed.  

“I already had some drug and alcohol problems. When I had a big relationship break up, things spiralled out of control and my addiction led me to being kicked out of home.”

Survival became a daily struggle. Tyler was using drugs to numb his pain, but things only got worse. I got arrested, spent some time in a psych ward,Tyler recalls. “My health suffered so much and it hurts to remember how much I upset my friends and family.”

With your help, this is not the end of Tyler’s story.

After a doctor recommended the youth-specific Withdrawal program at David Martin Place, Tyler gathered all his courage and reached out for help. “It felt like a really big deal and a massive commitment to make,” says Tyler. “But I made the first call and that was the hardest part”. 

With 24/7 nursing care, physical withdrawal is closely monitored  and the program is designed to meet the needs of 16-24 year olds – the only one of its kind in NSW. During their stay, young people are supported to begin healing and turning their minds to a future free from drug and alcohol use. 

“I didn’t know what to expect when I started the Withdrawal program at David Martin Place, but as soon as I arrived I knew I was in the right place and I would be supported no matter what.”

By making a donation today, you can help provide more young people with the support they need at David Martin Place to safely detox, heal and begin the next chapter of their lives. 

Tyler was able to focus on getting well, and staying well

After Tyler completed the Withdrawal and Residential Rehabilitation programs at Triple Care Farm, he also participated in the six-month Aftercare program to support his successful return to the community. 

“Prior to going to David Martin Place, I’d lost sight of myself, but through the Withdrawal program and Rehabilitation, I learned to know myself.  I reconnected with who I am and what I want to be.” 

Slowly but surely, Tyler has been creating the life he wants for himself. Following his passion for music, he recently completed his diploma from the Australian Institute of Music and secured a full-time position in a guitar store, taking on a range of management tasks including running the teaching program. 

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Donate today and help a young person, like Tyler, get the vital, youth-specific support they need to ensure their life is not defined by addiction.