In an article for The Sydney Morning Herald, Gabriel Wingate-Pearse talks about the anguish of a mother who is bearing witness to the way ice addiction is destroying his 16-year-old son’s life.
How ice addiction is destroying her son’s life
Chloe (not her real name), narrates how her son Martin (not his real name) plunged into a world of violence, arrests, hospital stays, threats and self-harm ever since he started using crystal meth, more popularly known as ice. In just nine months, Martin has done things that are typical of people who are under the influence of illicit substances. He has jumped out of moving cars, stolen his sister’s holiday money, crashed the brand new car of sibling, dealt drugs and sold his clothes for cash.
When he was admitted into Nexus, an in-patient Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service at Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital, a more shocking fact emerged: he had been raped.
As her son’s life was spiralling out of control, Chloe tried her very best to get Martin the help he needs, but later discovered that there were still too few services to support him. Now she’s even expressed worries that her son might not make it to the end of the year.
Chloe is going through an agonising time right now, just like the many other people in Australia and the world over who has a loved one who is hooked on drugs. Illicit drugs like ice definitely destroys lives, and the lack of services as lamented by Chloe is not helping in any way.
Read the full article.