Jane Clark wrote and directed Meth Head, a movie chronicling her own battle with methamphetamine addiction.
The movie tells the story of Kyle Peoples, an accountant in his thirties who meets new friends and begins a life of crystal meth use. Eventually Kyle loses his job, his partner, his home, and his family. The film’s portrayal of the real ways that drug addiction, and more specifically, meth addiction can destroy someone’s life is eye-opening for many.
The idea behind a movie like Meth Head hopes to raise awareness for meth addiction. Other movies and television shows have shown methamphetamine use and addiction, but nothing before Meth Head has been as honest and forthright about the true consequences of meth.
Breaking Bad, a television show on AMC shows meth mainly from the viewpoint of manufacturers, and those selling the drug. Meth use is shown and alluded to several times throughout the series, but the daily life of a crystal meth addict is not fully illustrated on the show. The purpose of the show is not to raise awareness for meth addiction as is the case with Meth Head.
Meth Addiction Awareness
With the prevalence of crystal meth use, and the dangerous implications of its use, the need for increased meth awareness is real.
Why do people use meth? The drug makes you feel more alert, more energized, it causes you to feel an intense euphoric rush, and it decreases your appetite. The more you use meth though, the more tolerance you build, and the more you need to use to get the same high as before.
After a while, the effects are no longer fun. The user starts experiencing irritability, fatigue, headaches, anxiety, sleeplessness, confusion, aggressive feelings and behavior, violent rages, cravings for more meth, and depression. Psychosis, hallucinations, delusions, and paranoia can lead to suicidal or homicidal thoughts and desires.
With a movie like Meth Head for all to see, the hopes to raise awareness for meth addiction is happening.