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I'm a recovering meth addict with over
five years of sobriety. CRYSTAL CLEAN is the memoir of my
life as a functioning meth addict and how I was able to
overcome my addiction to methamphetamine.
What is a functioning meth addict?
A functioning meth addict, or
alcoholic for that matter, is someone who seems to be
holding everything together. They hold down jobs and raise
families. They're soccer moms and little league baseball
coaches. They're professors and attorneys and doctors. From
the outside, they seem to have the world by the tail, but on
the inside, they're living their own private hell. The guilt
and shame in addition to their addiction make it almost
impossible to ask for help. It's for these people and their
families that I wrote this book.
There's so much press about people who
are on the streets, strung out, barely living from one hit
to the next. But there's been nothing written from the point
of view of a female meth addict, let alone a functioning
meth addict. We are the ones who are overlooked because
we're so well hidden. We're the ones who rarely seek help,
and according to treatment professionals I've talked to,
we're the most difficult to treat. I felt it was time to
give people like me a voice.
It's easy to dismiss meth addicts.
They're not one of us. We would never allow ourselves to
sink so low. How could anyone let themselves get addicted to
meth? Why would someone who seems to have it all, throw away
everything for this drug? The answers aren't cut and dry and
not all addicts look the way the media presents them. The
truth is, a meth addict could be your next door neighbor and
you might not ever know it.
My hope is that this book will
encourage people who are too embarrassed by their
circumstances to seek help for their own addictions.