Bradley is 27 years old. He joined Peers@Hand 18 months ago after meeting the Peer Worker at a SMART Recovery group. At that point in time, Bradley had just dropped out of his study at university. He was experiencing a re-occurrence of previous mental illness and was physically unwell. Bradley was using methamphetamine and other drugs as a way of coping. His family could not cope with his behaviours at home and so, Bradley was couch surfing.
The Peers@Hand Workers initially engaged Bradley through 55 Central’s art program. He enjoys art and expression and responded well to the open, relaxed environment the Art Room provides and the support of people with shared experiences of recovery. The worker then developed a goal plan, which focused around drug treatment and psychological support. The worker provided highly supported referral, which was important because Bradley had a great deal of apprehension about attending new services. The worker provided transport and often attended the first meetings to help alleviate Bradley’s anxiety.
The worker also provided information about confidential support lines such as ADIS and Beyond Blue which Bradley accessed as he needed. This was particularly useful as face-to-face support diminished during the COVID-19 response.
“My worker has helped me stay abstinent. Having someone to talk to that understands my experience has helped me feel understood and has given me confidence to try new supports. I feel that my worker has a good idea around what services to recommend for me as she has taken time to get to know me.”