Louis Theroux: The City Addicted to Crystal Meth

Louis Theroux: The City Addicted to Crystal Meth

57 minutes 7.8/10 based on 13 votes

Central Valley, California, is home to some of the most impoverished rural towns in America, where crystal meth addiction is prolific. In Fresno, Louis Theroux finds a community ravaged by this cheap and highly addictive drug.

As he infiltrates the town, he experiences the reality of meth abuse, as addicts who are high (or ‘tweaking’, as it is known) invite him into their homes to see them take hit after hit of their favorite drug. Louis becomes surrounded by the madness of daily addiction and the meth-addled confusion which is breaking this community apart.

He sees its impact through the eyes of the local police, and meets Diane and Karl, a couple who have sustained their marriage despite a 25-year meth addiction and losing custody of their five children. He witnesses arrests of sons doing meth with their mothers, and family after family broken apart from generations of meth abuse.

At the Westcare residential center, Louis sees the work being done to combat the destruction caused by the drug. Run by ex-addicts, it offers a six-month rehab programme. He witnesses the extraordinary challenges they face dealing with meth-addicted families – babies born already hooked, with mothers caring for them while attempting to kick their own habit too.

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  • Zsuzsanna

    This is crazy. How would any government with ANY sense let a person study to be a drug-counselor with 35 years of abusing drugs and actively using?????? Plain ridiculous. They only entered the student loan program to get money for the meth. And the US is so baffled that they are now the amongst poorest countries, given their foreign debt. I never ever understood why anyone with a right mind would want to live in this shithole US.

    • Keira

      Well they would probably have a problem with the ‘actively using’ part, but a lot of drug counsellors used to be addicted to drugs… It makes sense because they actually know what their clients are going through when trying to quit, which enables them to give better advice and to be more understanding. That in itself is probably far more helpful to their clients than the advice of a person who has never taken drugs in their lives and can’t understand why their clients don’t “just stop using”.  You seem to think that once a person is addicted then their life is over and they can never be anything better.  Surely we should encourage them to better themselves by studying and to give them a legal way to support themselves after they’re off drugs.  I mean, look at Marc Lewis – He used to be an addict and is now a celebrated neuroscientist.  http://www.memoirsofanaddictedbrain.com/authors-bio/  Oh, and just for the record, I don’t think it’s the US student loan system that has gotten the country into so much trouble with foreign debt. You might like to do some more research on that…

  • Judith

    I agree with Zsuzsanna – and guess what I AM a drug and alcohol counselor. (that USED to live in the USA) — and this happens to be a very good documentary to show to addicts – in other words, they cannot live with another addict if they are in recovery.

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