by Mares Martin, Alcohol and Other Drugs Clinician
Dion is 29 years old and he came through probation on home detention to attend alcohol and drug counselling after facing drugs charges. He had been involved with gangs and the methamphetamine scene in Wellington.
Dion was diagnosed with ADHD as a child and was on medication back then. Dion talked fast and said random “out there things”. My first impression of him was “he looks like trouble”! Although he had given up methamphetamine, he was still using cannabis. Dion was on home detention and had to get absences to leave to go anywhere. To help him reduce his use TPO financed a subscription to the gym as a healthy alternative to drug use. He enjoyed going to the gym and he looked healthier for it. In the mean-time he applied for a horticulture course at NMIT and was accepted. Once he stopped using cannabis, I applied through Te Piki Oranga for Dion to do a defensive driving course to gain his full licence, so he had more chance of getting employment. He passed the course, went for his full licence, and got it. I applied for Dion to sit his Fork-Lifting Certificate and he passed with flying colours. He also completed his horticulture course at the end of 2018. Dion saw a work broker at probation and got a job doing road works on the West Coast during the week and coming home in the weekends. He loves his job and the area in which he works. He said, the views are picturesque. I was pleasantly surprised and proud of Dion for his efforts. Everything he did he completed and did a really good job. And thanks go to Te Piki Oranga for the help and support given to Dion.