MEELON resident Jack Barlow used to be addicted to meth.
The now 20-year-old turned to drugs almost three years ago to put a bandaid over his personal issues.
“I didn’t have to face my problems and issues – I could just cover it up with drugs,” he said.
Mr Barlow said he had a troubled upbringing and had been on medication since he could remember.
He said he started using meth when he was just 17 years old.
“For 14 months it took my life,” he said.
“I was using meth and on a weekly basis; I would go on it for three days and have a break, stop and binge again and it was destroying my body, brain, my relationships with my friends as well as my morals and the way I lived my life.
“I was going downhill.”
Mr Barlow said he was pulled out of the darkness when he met Homestead 4 Youth (H4Y) owners Carla and Marty Fadelli.
“H4Y run several programs to help children find restoration, healing and hope for the future,” he said.
“I completed a car restoration program, which involved Marty teaching me about panel beating while talking through my issues and that was for two hours every week,” he said.
“I was only there for a small time but it made a huge impact on my life.”
After completing the H4Y program, Mr Barlow attended a rehabilitation centre because he needed “a bit more tough love”.
“I moved in with Marty and Carla since returning from the centre and I’m now living on the homestead for youth farm and working fulltime.
“I’m currently conducting equine therapy with some of my H4Y clients.
“I’m also doing pastoral study through bible college and I’ll be counselling kids who come through the H4Y program to stop them from going down the path I took when I was younger.”