The ICE Age of meth hasn’t melted away

In 2014 I wrote an article for Hope Rehab in Thailand when I was their head of counselling, it was regarding crystal meth (meth amphetamine). (You can view that article by clicking here) It was a simple piece on what is crystal meth and where it came from. It was to give some guidance on how to grapple with it, because believe it or not, outside of drug using subcultures very little was known about it. This includes parents, family members, brothers, sisters, cousins and even the police.

I’m sure by now since you’re reading this you’ve probably seen the “faces of meth” memes that have been passed about the internet over the years. People dressed in orange prison jumpsuits, probably caught after days of being awake, faces all drawn out and scabby. However, what you haven’t seen are the faces of meth that are all around you. The semi-functional drug user faces of meth, I use the term semi-functional as when drug use really takes hold a person’s life is usually marred by severe consequences in some aspects of their well-being one of the following:

  • Family life
  • Strained, absent or distance relationships with friends or lover
  • Unhealthy body
  • Unhealthy mind, plagued with insomnia, depression and anxiety
  • Loss of job or frequent trouble with work

Sometimes, or is more often the case, a lot of meth users can present themselves with a public face, one of which where the cracks are none too obvious to be called out. They may seem a little preoccupied or stressed out, perhaps unusually solitary or tired all the time.

These people can often hold down jobs, they may also be working with the police, healthcare services and other jobs of high responsibility that can often seem at complete polar opposites to their position.

The last two years (written in 2021, namesake of crisis omitted due to internet censorship) have been really tough on everyone. Smoking cigarettes has increased in the uk (https://www.bbc.com/news/health-58317263), psychosis has increased by 75% (https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/oct/18/psychosis-cases-soar-in-england-as-pandemic-hits-mental-health) and the entire world has been saddened by isolation, grief and despair.

Unfortunately, where ever mental health suffers, drug use is seldom left out.

Although it was speculated that drug lines would be severely impaired due to the pandemic, quite the opposite has been true. The UK’s project ADDER has helped disrupt ‘county drug lines’, but the police are a few steps behind the modernisation of drug distribution. No longer do people have to hang around on street corners to get a fix, they can wait 24hrs and have it delivered by mail to their home address practically undetectable to the law.

Drug production in countries largely responsible for the manufacturing of meth have increased their efforts during the pandemic, with some reports indicating that this production has increased by over 200-500%.

Since 2014, when I wrote that article, meth usage has been growing ever since across the entire world and since 2020 things have only gotten worse.

One user reported to me recently that he received psychiatric hospitalisation after using mail-order meth sent from the dark net during 2020. He stated that he was able to order a gram of meth for just $20 and it would arrive from Europe in 24 Hrs. At first he saw it as a welcome break from the norm, a chance to relive some previous youth drug experiences spent going out to raves. He found the experience enjoyable and with no work commitments he was able to indulge himself without anyone knowing.

However, despite this reliving of a honey-moon, and believing he could exercise caution with the drug, he soon found his life going off-track. Within days he was leaving the curtains shut all day long to play video-games and smoke more cheap darknet gear. As is often the case, his tolerance increased and he began to increase the dose bit by bit.

He eventually became hooked on watching the news and smoking meth, as the news was mostly bad news it played into his paranoia where he began to read other alternative theories as to what was going on. This bombardment of bad news coupled with his anxiety spurred on a psychotic episode.

There is no telling how wide-spread this potential horror has been, a lot of substance use disorder clients don’t like to air in any forum that they’ve been breaking the law and suffering the effects of illegal drugs. A lot of people suffer in silence, but they will most certainly not suffer alone. They will in turn affect their parents, spouse, family and other loved ones too.

The only hope that this has confronted many people to explore how they can recover and build a new life for themselves based on purpose, vision and a better future for themselves and everyone around them.

Visit here for more information on the growing concern regarding meth usage in Australia:

https://lens.monash.edu/@medicine-health/2021/10/07/1383896/diving-deeper-to-measure-the-toll-of-ice-on-mental-health

Published by Dylan Kerr BA ACAT FDAP DipHE MBABCP

Mr Dylan Kerr Addictions Counselor Bachelors in Clinical Counseling (Hons) Advanced Certified Addictions Therapist Member of the British Association for Behaviour and Cognitive Psychotherapist Member of the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Practitioners HeDip Health-care HeDip Psychology of Addiction Dip Counselling Diploma in Arts Therapy Diploma in Transactional Analysis CSAT III Dylan Kerr is a Certified Substance Abuse Therapist who is qualified in Counseling, Psychology of addiction from Leeds University and Healthcare from Birmingham City University. Dylan Kerr has been a senior Therapist at the River Rehab, Lead Therapist at Lanna Rehab in Chiang Mai and Head Counselor of Hope Rehab in Siracha. As well as working in Thailand for 7 years, Dylan has also been the on-tour counsellor for the the Rock band ‘The Libertines’. Dylan is now resident counsellor at an Asian rehab. Dylan has experience of working within the music industry supporting acts in therapeutic needs. As well as working around the world Dylan has over 13 years experience delivering substance use disorder treatment at various agencies around the UK. He is skilled in motivational interviewing, CBT, RET and guidance around 12 step philosophies. Dylan has worked with a broad client base and establish the rapport needed to effect change and sustainable progression. Dylan wishes to start this blog to help educate people on his observations within this field and debate the nature of work in the addictions field.

2 thoughts on “The ICE Age of meth hasn’t melted away

  1. Hi my friend, I know what crystal meth is, but what are the mixing ingredients to make this mad Hitler drug? Kind regards Christy mcmullen
    On Tue, 19 Oct 2021, 02:16 Dylan Kerr Addiction Therapy, wrote:
    > Dylan Kerr BA ACAT FDAP DipHE MBABCP posted: ” In 2014 I wrote an article > for Hope Rehab in Thailand when I was their head of counselling, it was > regarding crystal meth (meth amphetamine). (You can view that article by > clicking here) It was a simple piece on what is crystal meth and where it > came fro” >

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