"Road Maps rehabilitation support"

About: Roadmaps Mobile Outreach Program

(as a service user),

I completed the Road Maps 6-week intensive rehabilitation support program run by Lyndon Lives Lived Well mobile outreach team. I was the only Dubbo participant who achieved 100% attendance.

I continued to smoke pot through out the program and I did so to manage my mental health symptoms. I believed that there was no way I could manage my life without pot despite my substance use causing me lots of other hassles including relationship, financial, legal, mental and physical health and risk of homelessness. I lacked motivation and was moody and unhappy, I believed pot was the only thing keeping me going / getting me through.

The Road Maps team called me week eight and week ten for scheduled check in. Between week eight and ten check in's I gave up smoking pot. Everyone was shocked and surprised including me. I just decided I had enough of being broke, chasing pot and having all the other hassles. I have given away my bong and other equipment because I don't want to go back.

During the Road Maps program, I heard other participants talking about coming to a point you got sick of the lifestyle. While I clearly heard what they said I believed it was true for them, I never thought it would be me. Everyone in my support network is so happy and excited for me, I have never experienced so much positive feedback in my life.

I understand it's early days for me, but things are so different already. My mental and physical health has improved, and I have been successfully resisting peer pressure.

My relationship with my partner has improved and I am doing things I never imagined. I have been out for lunch at a cafe and eaten my first ever 'melt', I am painting, walking dogs and have enrolled in TAFE. I want to share my story and to be involved in future Road Maps programs in Dubbo. I am proud of my achievement and I want to let others know its possible. When you don't believe in yourself and you find others who believe in you anything is possible.

Responses

Response from Joshua Snowdon, Data and Reporting Coordinator, Support Services, NSW, Lives Lived Well

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Hi anything is possible

Thank you for taking the time to share your story, and your experience of the Road Maps program. I will make sure the Road Maps team receive your feedback.

It sounds like you have made some big changes to your life - so congratulations for taking those very difficult steps. You rightly say that it is still early days, but feeling those positive changes to your mental health, relationships and physical health can make staying motivated much easier.

If you ever need further support, or would like to have a chat to a staff member, please feel free to give the team a call. Congratulations again, and best of luck on your journey.

Kind regards,

Josh.

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