Ryan was using 'ice', the street name for crystal methamphetamine hydrochloride. When Ryan used the drug he thought it made him feel great and strong, and that it took his troubles away. Really, the addiction was taking his life away.
Thanks to the generous support of caring Australians, The Salvation Army were able to work with Ryan over many months. He was supported to find a home and a job, and then the much tougher task of overcoming his drug addiction.
Once off the drugs, Ryan was able to help police identify local drug-dealers. When these people found out Ryan was assisting the police they searched him out and severely assaulted him.
That night, after the assault, Ryan came to see his Salvos Outreach Worker, James, with whom he'd formed a close relationship.
Realising the danger Ryan faced, James made arrangements to get Ryan out of the state. That night Ryan boarded a plane, heading for a destination where he could build a new life, free from drugs, and safe from his attackers.
Ryan still keeps in touch with James, and we know he's doing well. He is still living without drugs and has settled into a new productive life. Ryan knows James and The Salvation Army will always be there for him, supporting him to be safe, healthy and happy.
The Salvation Army thanks supporters for the generous donations that enable us to be there for people like Ryan – a young man whose life was saved.
Please note: names have been changed to protect identities and photos are for illustrative purposes
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