“Successful” People Use Meth too

I get pretty sick of hearing that only white trash, low lives & homeless people use meth. I want to ask these self-proclaimed critics: How do you think they got that way? Maybe at one time in their life they were “successful”; maybe they are human and made a mistake that led them into the downward spiral known as meth.

The following may illustrate that people who were at one time “successful” can become addicted to meth just as easily as anyone else.

Richard Quest CNN Reporter uses meth

Richard Quest, a well known CNN business reporter was arrested at around 4AM in Central Park two days ago for having a bag of meth on him. He was first stopped for loitering when he was found wandering aimlessly around the park. He confessed to the officers that he had a small bag of meth in his pocket and was sub-sequentially arrested and charged with drug possession.

My first thought was “wow”. You would think that in writing this blog, I would have seen it all, but there are still people that invoke this type of response from me upon reading their story. I read about people like Mr. Quest and I wonder how they were able to perform as a “functioning addict”; they hold jobs (although sometimes they are pretty bad at them due to their meth use), have families and the world around them sees them as “successful”. They have very dark secrets that they live with each and every day.

Mr. Quest isn’t the only “successful” person I have written about that has been busted for meth. In the past year of writing, there has been everything from a school principle busted for meth to a world renowned cancer researcher busted for meth and everything in between. People aren’t born junkies; they get led astray. They may see the pressures of their job as too much to handle or they might feel like they need to have more energy to perform under pressure. Once they’ve used meth, they just like every other meth addict, fall victim to the lies that are whispered to their mind “you need me”, “you can’t survive without me”, “you are nothing without me”.

I use the word “successful” in quotes because the term is subjective. Who can gauge success? For one, living in a cliff side home overlooking Malibu defines success – for another, living life free of meth is success; and who are we to judge?