Home' Scoop : Scoop 54 Summer 2010 Contents Craig* is 33 years old, but looks 45. He grew up in
Swanbourne and attended an exclusive boys’ school.
At 14 he tried marijuana for the first time. By 17 he had
progressed to amphetamines. He married young and
had two children. Life was good and he ran his own
construction company. Then it all went to hell.
“I was taking speed (amphetamine) to party, which
was okay. Then I began using it to stay awake at work. The work kept
coming and the whiz (speed) became a necessity, not an optional extra.
Then I discovered ‘meth’. Within months I was having it for breakfast.”
His marriage broke down but he remained a loving and attentive
father... for a bit. “My kids were staying over for the weekend. They woke
in the middle of the night, as kids do, and called for me. I had passed out
from bingeing. They couldn’t wake me and spent four hours alone in the
house until the neighbours heard their screams.”
Craig still sees his kids, but they are too frightened to spend a night at
his home. “It is the single greatest regret of my life, and always will be. My
children are afraid to be alone with their father.” Craig is still using.
*Real name has not been used.
Bernard is a hard man. He is now 50 and has spent
many years in prison. It all began as a bong-smoking
teenager. “One day, someone sprinkled heroin on the
bong. I liked it. There was a moment, and I remember it
clearly, when I had to decide: do it again, or resist.”
He did not resist. Within a few years, Bernard had
developed a $5000 a week addiction (beginning about
20 years ago). Crime was his only option, and incarceration followed. “There
is a myth circulating that drugs are cool. Well, I can tell you one thing: life is
not f***ing cool when you are rotting in a jail cell withdrawing from drugs.
Life on drugs is pure hell.” Bernard has been drug free for five years.
Sophie is 24 years of age. She was raised in Claremont
and attended a nearby girl’s college. Her rollercoaster
ride of drug addiction began in year nine when she and
her friends skipped school to drink and smoke dope
with boys from ‘the wrong side of the tracks’.
For Sophie, it was all about the “thrill”: “When I
was younger, the public school kids wanted to be rich
kids, and the private school kids wanted to be gangsters.” The absurdity
is not lost on her. “We put ourselves in dangerous situations because we
were rebelling against our privileged background, which we thought of
as boring. If anyone offered me drugs, I accepted, because I didn’t want
to be uncool. I now understand how stupid it was to think I could gain
acceptance by degrading myself with sex and drugs.”
Sophie’s descent was fast and furious. “I became an addict
(methamphetamine) very quickly and didn’t know it until it was too late.
Some girls who were on drugs became prostitutes. I kept telling myself
that I was different, you know, better than them because I hadn’t sunk to
that level. I didn’t have to: all my boyfriends were drug dealers.” It was
prostitution by default. Sophie has been drug free for two years.
BERNARD | 50 | FIVE YEARS DRUG FREE
SOPHIE | 24 | TWO YEARS DRUG FREE
CRAIG | 33 | SPEED
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