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Sxeptomaniac

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Icon 1 posted August 25, 2009 13:11      Profile for Sxeptomaniac   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I stumbled across a documentary Louis Theroux recently did on meth addiction in Fresno, called The City Addicted to Crystal Meth. I was curious, as I have known some meth addicts and former addicts, so I tried viewing it. Turns out, it's only available for viewing overseas, thanks to region restrictions. I had to go find a torrent in order to see it (not a huge problem, but I prefer the legal option when possible).

I thought one of the primary purposes of documentaries was to raise awareness of issues. Instead, the first I heard of the documentary was from some jackass (from Oxford, apparently), who dropped in on a site to gloat. From what I can tell, very few people in Fresno know anything about it, which seems kind of wrong.

The documentary itself was pretty interesting, though it's sad what some people are doing to themselves. I'm not positive, but it looks like Theroux stuck to the Southwest area of Fresno (possibly going into West Central as well), which is the most neglected and poverty-stricken section of the city.

Anyone else see it?

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Icon 1 posted August 26, 2009 00:03      Profile for littlefish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I saw it on the proper telly, since I live in the UK. It looks like meth is a nasty drug, but what I found interesting were the number of people that chose to do it. I cannot imagine what causes people to do it in the first place.
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Icon 1 posted August 26, 2009 08:22      Profile for Sxeptomaniac   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by littlefish:
I saw it on the proper telly, since I live in the UK. It looks like meth is a nasty drug, but what I found interesting were the number of people that chose to do it. I cannot imagine what causes people to do it in the first place.

It's very cheap and easy to get, but also pretty addictive, so the poor are the ones that generally get hooked.

I'll never completely understand it myself, as just meeting a few meth addicts is scary enough. They can seem like some kind of OCD schizophrenic, developing paranoid delusions and weird obsessive behaviors, as well as the trademark rotting teeth. Why anyone would look at that and think "hey, that looks like fun" is beyond me. My guess is that most think they'll just use it a little and be OK, never thinking they could become addicted, and some addicts must remain functional enough not to scare everyone away.

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You know, I can get that some may have too many bad memories, too little hopes, and would rather try to forget it all and get lost in an artificial dream. (Yhy do you think action movies and brain-dead comedies are so popular?) And I know that some will never have the guts to try and change that, get up and set their own track; instead they choose to blame the world and wallow in self-pity.

But I will never understand the urge to blow one's brain into an early veggie in order to get some fun. To go with the "cool crowd"? To rebel against the establishment by doing exactly what is illegal? C'mon, there are others way to achieve that kind of goal. Ah, Right. They require taking action, rather than giving up on one's own life and self-determination.

Maybe it's just an unacknowleged wish for death that drives them. And that I can't pretend to know about.

(Well, of course, there's the "I'm different: it won't happen to ME!" belief that is pretty much the trademark of teenage.)

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At first, taking meth feels great. Lots of energy, self-confidence and a sense that you're in control and you can handle everything. Who wouldn't want to feel that way? But then, when the rush is over, the crash is severe and there's that nagging thought that it's easy to get rid of the depression and feel great again...

It's not like a perfectly straight person will suddenly decide "hey, I want to be a meth addict." Generally the people who use meth are already addicted to other drugs and don't care about being more addicted or they're stupid and think "I'm not an addict. One more dose won't hurt."

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If you need proof why meth is a bad drug, come to downtown Cambridge, ON. There's a few dozen reasons there not to touch the stuff.
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