Fergie Tells Oprah About Past Drug Addiction
When Fergie opened up to Oprah about her past struggle with crystal meth addiction, she sent a strong message to her fans across the nation: No matter how devastating the addiction, you can recover and create a life for yourself that you can be proud of. Now the lead singer for the popular band The Black Eyed Peas, Fergie is happily married and drug-free, successful in her new life on every front. How did it start? Kicking crystal meth dependence.
The Threat of Crystal Meth Addiction
At the turn of the new millennium, crystal meth addiction and abuse was in full force in the United States, but the government was creatively coming up with ways to fight back. Aware that the active ingredient in the drug was found in over-the-counter cold medications, there were federal restrictions placed on the number of items containing that ingredient that the average person could buy. No longer available on the shelves where thieves could easily take them, pharmacists now held the pills behind the counter. Those who attempted to buy large amounts of the drug were arrested. As a result, the number of crystal meth labs run by clandestine crystal meth manufacturers declined and the rates of crystal meth abuse and addiction declined with it.
However, the number of people admitted to emergency rooms for incidents related to crystal meth abuse and the number of people seeking treatment for dependence on the drug at drug rehab centers across the country has slowly started to climb in recent years. Some dealers have begun importing the drug from South America while others have found alternative methods of manufacture that are more easily hidden. As a result, more and more people are losing their lives to dependence upon the drug.
Fighting Back With Treatment
Fergie came back from her life-altering dependence upon crystal meth by doing the work necessary to break free from addiction. It’s not easy and it doesn’t happen overnight, but Fergie’s story demonstrates that it is possible. What do you need to make your own success story into a reality? If you are living with an active dependence on crystal meth, you will need:
- Medical care to address the health issues that have cropped up due to dehydration, malnutrition and stimulant drug abuse
- Dental care for common oral health problems
- Psychotherapeutic help to address underlying mental health issues and trauma
- Aftercare services to provide ongoing support in recovery
Are you ready to find the crystal meth addiction treatment services you need to begin your new drug-free life? Call now to find out more about our programs here at The Orchid.