Published on November 16th, 2012 | by DanNation0
Matthew Mitcham Addicted to Crystal Meth After 2008 Olympics
Australian Olympic diver and openly-gay Matthew Mitcham reveals in his new book Twist and Turns that he struggled with a crystal meth addiction after the 2008 Olympics. Suffering deep post-game depression, Mitcham tells the Sydney Morning Herald
Self-doubt came crashing back, fuelled by injury. Secretly smoking crystal meth to boost his moods, he was soon in the grip of addiction.
He knew the drug’s dangers. But ”taking it was something I did … to take my mind off things that were upsetting me – to make me feel better about myself.”
The openly gay Mitcham has climbed back from last year’s depths with the aid of Narcotics Anonymous, a drug rehabilitation clinic, hypnotherapy and the support of his inner circle. He’s chased the demons away and is training for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
In therapy still, he believes he is happier and healthier. As for fully understanding himself, he writes: ”The answers continue to elude me. I may work it out one day.”
I applaud Matthew for conquering his addiction and sharing his story. May it be an inspiration to any of us who battle substance abuse.