Alex was 16 when he first accessed the service he was referred to Bradby Club young person’s substance misuse service by another youth club in town due problematic Cannabis misuse. Alex’s relationships at home were breaking down and he begun to steal to fund his habit. Things escalated at home and his parents decided he needed to leave to get his act together due to his parents’ concerns on the impact on younger siblings.
The Bradby Club supported him into young persons supported accommodation. He had one to one mentoring support with the substance misuse worker and targets were set and he was encouraged to get involved in the club as he had a strong interest in music, he also went on a number of residential trips that involved outdoor challenges which incorporated leadership and team work skills.
Through the support and positive activities his Cannabis use gradually reduced and eventually stopped. The positive activities and the support of the staff at Bradby club allowed Alex to understand the consequences and the negative impact that his substance misuse was having on his life. The support was frequently some weeks he was here every day and The Bradby Club offered a safe place for him to change and develop and rebuild the relationships with his parents.
During this time he became a volunteer at the club teaching music to the young people, he also moved back home and enrolled into college studying performing arts and is currently studying for degree at University.