Crystal Meth Addiction

Last night my man and I watched an A&E Special Documentary on the “epidemic” of crystal meth use in rural America.  (Which we’d Tivo’ed; everything’s an “epidemic” these days, no?)  It was fascinating in the way that makes your skin crawl.  I mean, meth doesn’t seem to be the scariest of all drugs out there, but the sheer numbers of addicts (supposedly 1.4M in America) and the type of people getting into it are kind of mind-blowing. Crystal_meth_1

The A&E show claimed that far from its one-time stance as a marginal “gay drug,” crystal meth is now luring in all sorts of “white-bread” successful businesspeople and all-American kids, moms, and dads — and they are getting hooked.  Atlanta is apparently the country’s biggest distribution hub, shipping the drug out all accross the midwest and east.  Lots of communities are up in arms.  Houston area specialists claim that meth is “the most addictive drug on the planet.” 

It got me thinking that diabetes could be a very good reason to turn to a readily available “feel-good” high like meth.  Diabetes is clearly linked to anxiety and even clinical depression.  Even if you’re in fairly good control, living with this disease can put you under a lot of pressure, as we all know.  And wouldn’t it be nice to have a place (in your head) to escape to?

I started looking around this morning, and realized that sadly, I was quite right.  Check out one discussion on MedHelp International under “diabetic meth user and worried.”  Some JDRF volunteers are trying to talk a young woman into “taking her life back… from the abyss of addiction.”  I found other calls for help from young people with diabetes and a substance abuse problem.  I know at least one group of researchers is taking this issue on.

Fergie, the lead singer of the Black-Eyed Peas, came out recently about how hard it was (is) to kick a crystal meth addiction.  Harder still if you can’t kick the disease behind it, be it diabetes or anything else that “gets you down.”   

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6 Responses

  1. Jim
    Jim September 25, 2006 at 10:31 am | | Reply

    Wow. Thanks Amy for mentioning this. I continue to be impressed with your blog / site. You have just described my life a bit. I went to AA when my drinking got out of control in 2003. I am able to now moderate my drinking and have an occasional drink – I realized I wasn’t truly an alcoholic, but I am careful now. Fighting the “Big D” everyday since age 10 is something that takes a huge emotional and spiritual toll on me. Not a big surprise that I turned to alcohol in my 20′s and abused it a bit. I am doing much better now on the basal / bolus regimen (lanuts and humalog) (6.8 A1c)down from the 11.9 while I was on pork insulin for many years. I was featured in your amazing stories series… Mr. Pork Isulin here has given up on the idea that it was preferable. It was easy for me to “run away” from it all and do very little in terms of my self diabetes care while I was in my 20′s. Now at age 33, I wake up everyday ready to figh this disease, but the every once in awhile get really sick of it all and want to “escape”! I have learned that “escaping” (getting drunk) is not the answer. I am healthier now, and have reached a point of acceptance with diabetes too. I accept that it takes all this work to acheive good results. I realize I can’t change this fact. I also am not harboring any resentments against Eli Lilly Co.! I accept that they do have a role and bottom line as a company. No offense to the conspiracy theorists – after reading their comments on your recent post I realized the power of that word – “acceptance”. Yes, this whole thing stinks, but I can choose how I deal with it. I will not be bitter aout it either. I often think of the “Serenity Prayer” so often said in AA when it comes to diabetes: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can – and the wisdom to know the difference”. I feel that AA helped me to dela with diabetes in so many ways. I also feel that the OC and sites like yours as well as ones like Kerry’s “Six Until Me” & Scott Johnson’s blog have helped me deal with being type I in much the same way as AA helps alcoholics – it’s nice to know we are not alone out there fighting this disease. There is hope and strength derived from reading about how others are coping and delaing oin a day to day basis… Thanks Jim.

  2. Scott K. Johnson
    Scott K. Johnson September 28, 2006 at 2:17 pm | | Reply

    Great post Amy, and great comment Jim. It’s comforting for me to hear that my blubberings are having an impact on people out there.

    My personal struggles with diabetes are more psychological than anything else. The AA philosophy and ideas are very applicable to many of the things I struggle with.

    Thanks for commenting Jim, and I hope to chat with you more. And thank you, Amy, for another great article!

  3. AmyT
    AmyT September 28, 2006 at 11:19 pm | | Reply

    ((Jim and Scott))

    I have an underlying control-freak/ obsessive streak myself, so I consider myself very lucky not to have gotten mixed up with anything worse than an eating disorder when I was younger. Even that took a lot of therapy and soul-searching. I really think a community like our OC would have been a Godsend. The worst part about the worst part is being alone with it, no?

  4. Pablo
    Pablo October 9, 2006 at 12:39 pm | | Reply

    We shouldn’t be so complacent as to think that crystal meth addiction is other people’s problem, lest we have to face reality and find it in our own yard.

  5. NeverRepublican
    NeverRepublican January 4, 2008 at 1:08 pm | | Reply

    Hey America…are you getting it? The war on drugs IS keeping America strung out on drugs! Drugs control people. Our system continues to make sure that there is an ample supply of meth and cocaine in this country. Don’t believe me? Then why is it that prisons have a drug problem here in America? If we can’t keep drugs out of prisons then it’s very clear we cant keep them off the streets. The drug cartel is run by powerful people who are not gang members. they are powerful business men and women who are most certainly protected by corerate intrests in this country! Wake up!

  6. Narconon Arrowhead
    Narconon Arrowhead September 6, 2009 at 12:54 pm | | Reply

    These people running these drugs aren’t all gang bangers. Some are just like you and me. It could be anyone.

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