Peter

Peter tried to turn his life around many times but found it hard to keep going until he got the support he needed from the Drug Court.

Peter, a 52 year old male, was referred to the Drug Court in March 2017 after pleading guilty to a number of offences including burglary, theft and property offences for which he had been sentenced to one year and eight months imprisonment. This was one further sentence of many, with a history with the justice system dating back 38 years, commencing when Peter was just 14 years old.

Peter was introduced to illicit substance use at 11 years of age by a member of his extended family. His drugs of choice included ice, heroin and cannabis and he was diagnosed with anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder. At the time of referral to the Drug Court, Peter reported he was feeling isolated and hopeless and despite wanting a better life for himself and his family, he did not know where to start and he didn’t have a support network to make the positive changes he needed to make. His lawyer referred him to the Drug Court after trying all available options when he was facing another period of incarceration.

In March 2017, Peter was granted a Drug Treatment Order where he had a curfew, supervised drugs screening, weekly counselling and appointments with a case manager, and he had to attend weekly court reviews with the Drug Court Magistrate.

The Drug Court team worked with Peter to get him a place to live, and the therapy and support he needed to start turning his life around – to not only decrease his drug use for the first time in 15 years, but also put a stop to his offending.

Peter tried to turn his life around many times but found it hard to keep going until he got the support he needed from the Drug Court. Peter has a newfound hope for the future and hopes to learn to read and get a job.

*Names have been changed to protect identities.