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Defining & Explaining Addiction
What is addiction or dependence?
Identifying or being diagnosed
Everyday Life with an Addiction, Dependence or Drug Habit
Consumption in everyday life
Relationships, confidentiality & telling others
Work, study & making ends meet
Dealing with stigma & discrimination
General Health & Accessing Healthcare
Looking after health & well-being
Living with illness or a health condition
Living with a mental health condition
Contact with the criminal justice system
Creating Change: Treatment, Self-help & Other Responses
Changing patterns of consumption
Formal & informal detox
What is recovery & how important is it?
Advice & Messages to Others
Consumers, family & friends
Health professionals & policymakers
Experiences By Drug Type
Ecstasy & Other Party Drugs
Prescription & Over-the-Counter Drugs
Speed, Ice & Other Stimulants
Experiences By Age and Gender
Women Aged 18-29
Women Aged 30-39
Women Aged 40-49
Women Aged 50+
Men Aged 18-29
Men Aged 30-39
Men Aged 40-49
Men Aged 50+
Resources & Information
Team & Thanks
Experiences with Speed, Ice & Other Stimulants
Dean began taking ice and GHB in his early twenties with sexual partners.
Ethan grew up in what he describes as a ‘very religious and restricted’ household. In his late teens he began a relationship and moved in with his boyfriend.
Eva first tried ice when she was a teenager with some friends, thinking it was speed.
In his late teens Jason started taking ecstasy and speed every few weeks with his friends and partner at the time.
When John was in his twenties, he started taking ice to enhance the experience of sex.
Melanie started taking ice in her early twenties and after a while she began to feel like her consumption had become ‘problematic’.
During her teens Renee smoked cannabis daily with her then partner. The relationship ended when she was in her early twenties and it was around this time that she began taking ecstasy and ice.
Scarlett first tried ice in her early twenties but didn’t take it again for a couple of years. Then she started taking it with her partner every couple of months.
Tiffany took ice regularly in her early twenties to help her manage full-time work and caregiving responsibilities for her children.
Zoe began taking ice occasionally in her late twenties and over the next year she says it became part of her daily routine.
When he was in his late teens Brad was prescribed a ‘very mild’ stimulant for ‘mood enhancement’. He soon began taking more than the prescribed dose.