It would take a long time to get from American drag queen RuPaul to Professor John Sutherland, eminent British academic and author of such tomes as The Longman Companion To Victorian Fiction.
But many of his jobs have been brought to a premature end – and so, almost, has his life – by drink and drug addiction.
Stars, Cars And Crystal Meth is Jack’s account of his rackety life, as dictated to his father John. By a series of improbable chances, when he was barely out of his teens Jack became PA to the band REM and had the difficult task of trying to keep them on the road during their ill-starred world tour of 1995.
He adored lead singer Michael Stipe despite his peculiarities and Stipe saw Jack’s primary role as keeping “people he didn’t know from getting physically close to him”.
Most of the people Jack worked for turned out to be incredibly nice and many readers will long for something a bit spicier when it comes to the celebrity anecdotes. The only celebs who really come alive in these pages are RuPaul and actor Mickey Rourke, who Jack depicts as sweet but bonkers.
Q: I’ve been using crystal meth for years, and I know that I’m addicted to it. It’s hurting me mentally and physically. I lost a boyfriend because of it, and I’m pretty sure I’ll lose my job if I don’t stop using. All I’ve been able to do so far is go from using every week to using about every four to six weeks. When the urge to use hits, I can’t think about anything else. Do you have any practical advice on how to fight it?”
ANSWER: Don’t stop using alone!
Staying clean is much easier if you have people in your life who know what you’re going through. Don’t be afraid to get as much support from others as you can. It can really help to talk with others who have succeeded in staying clean for a year or more, because they’ll serve as visible proof that recovery really happens, and isn’t just a pipe dream. The twelve-step programs offer extensive support networks.
She stole America’s heart as Stephanie Tanner, the spunky middle daughter on the hit show Full House, but after the series ended when she was 13, actress Jodie Sweetin struggled with addiction for years.
Now she’s been sober since 2011
— and she credits the change to her role as a mother.
Sweetin, who played Stephanie Tanner, having one of those famous Full House heart-to-hearts with her dad, Danny, played by Bob Saget, in a 1987 episode. (Photo: ABC via Getty Images)
In a new interview with People, Sweetin says earning five years of sobriety has given her an “amazing” life.
Things weren’t always so easy for the child star. In her 2009 book, UnSweetined, Sweetin detailed how she first got drunk at onscreen older sister Candace Cameron Bure’s wedding: “I probably had two bottles of wine, and I was only 14. That first drink gave me the self-confidence I had been searching for my whole life. But that set the pattern of the kind of drinking that I would do.”
Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber), Stephanie Tanner (Sweetin), and DJ Tanner (Cameron Bure) are all grown up on Fuller House. (Photo: Fuller House/Instagram)
Meet writer Sam Lansky…
EXCERPT from Interview magazine: The Gilded Razor (Gallery Books) opens on a 17-year-old Lansky, a certified child of uptown privilege, preparing for a prospective college visit with his father at Princeton. Needless, to say, Princeton, is not in the cards. What ensues instead are drugs (prescription and non-prescription), sex (a proclivity for random meet-ups with older men), and an obsession with being the glamorous New Yorker a young Lansky idealizes to the point of self-erasure.
LANSKY: “The delineation between drugs is so frequently classist and racist and not actually aligned with the experience of taking those drugs. Adderall is like a white-collar vitamin. Cocaine is a party drug for rich and beautiful people.
Meth is this white trash scourge.
They all look the exact same way in the brain. If you look at neurological scans of people on those drugs they’re identical. They work on the same neurotransmitters. They vary in potency depending on what you were doing and how pure it is, but it’s the same shit. And yet identifying that you had a cocaine problem, it’s like, “Join the club.” You live in New York. If you tell people that you used to do meth, they freak out. It’s all so politicized in this way that had nothing to do with what those drugs actually are like which I think is fascinating”
(Warning: Some scenes are graphic, may be triggers to watch)
January 15, 2016
One of the things I’ve been doing a lot of recently is reading emails from supporters around the world. I’ve heard tragic stories of loss and love, courageous stories of survival and encouraging stories of hope and happiness. While I’ve heard from all types of people, the majority are from men and women living with HIV. We are a community who’ve been through something life altering and that brings you closer together even from thousands of miles apart.
But there’s an undercurrent in so many of the messages: meth. I was expecting to hear from a lot of people who have come through meth or are still grappling with meth. What I wasn’t expecting is just how many have meth and HIV in the same sentence.
My encounters with meth started in late 2002, at the beginning of the “meth epidemic” that swept through major cities around the country. And my meth use mirrored the timeline of the epidemic, with the largest number of people using meth being recorded in 2004-2005. In a 2004 CDC study, the rate of use among gay men in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York City was 22%, 16% and 14% respectively. That’s an astounding number: nearly a quarter of all gay men in San Francisco in 2004 were using meth. In 2005, the Center for HIV/AIDS Education Studies and Training (CHEST) did a study of men in New York City. Their findings indicated that MSM (men who have sex with men) who used methamphetamine were THREE times more likely to contract HIV through receptive anal intercourse than MSM who did not use the drug. (Letendre)
“I was homeless on and off for the last four years. I got into a slew of legal trouble – multiple felonies and misdemeanor charge.”
A former drug user has shared his astonishing ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures following a harrowing five-year battle with ‘crystal meth’ – and says he’s so happy to be sober.
Minnesotapolis, as he’s known on Reddit, has shared his experiences in an online post that is as inspiring as it is emotional.
And he warns those who do not have any drug issues that no one chooses the path he sadly went down.
Writing on Reddit, Minnesotapolis – who describes himself as “a recovering meth addict with six felonies, all drug related” – reveals that he made the changes after a brush with suicide.
“I finally had just had enough one day and I was going to jump off the Smith bridge in Saint Paul. But the police stopped me and brought me to the psych ward.”
“I just remember seeing others going about their normal lives wondering if I would ever have the ability to live a serene life clean and free of meth.
Pictures have been shared online of a former crystal meth user before and after she stopped taking the drug – and the difference is staggering.
The images, which were posted on Reddit by the user Stardreamer93’s brother, show that in just three months her gaunt, dark-eyed appearance has been replaced by a healthy, happy face.
Her hair is more lustrous, her smile is dazzling, and she has a colour to her cheeks that shows the difference those days clean from meth have made.
And she says she found the strength to get clean because she wanted more for herself.
He told Mirror Online that his sister had agreed to the post, and explains that they “sort of had a family intervention” when she agreed to go to a rehab centre for help with her drug use.
“There’s lots of good places, but they’re expensive,” he reveals, adding that her health insurance covered a lot of the cost.
Wormguy666, who is an American, adds: “[We] put her in a 30-day program and now she’s living with us while we help her get back on track.
Time magazine culture editor Sam Lansky hangs out with the cool kids these days: Adele, Taylor Swift and Johnny Depp, to name a few.
His climb up the social ladder followed his descent into the depths of drug addiction, when Lansky was freebasing crystal meth and working as a paid escort.
“The Gilded Razor” is Lansky’s searing, savagely honest memoir of his wild days. Now 27 years old, he was just 19 when he got straight — with quite a story to tell about the making of a teen addict.