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A 31-year-old woman has revealed how trying meth for the first time led her into a downward spiral that saw her lose her home and end up in jail.
Jessica Gaddes was a successful real estate agent in Sydney, Australia who owned her own home.
She had drunk alcohol and smoked marijuana as well as speed, but after she tried meth for the first time that her life began to unravel.
While renovating a house, a friend suggested to Ms Gaddes that they smoke some speed in order to complete the work faster, except they actually smoked Ice, slang for a form of methamphetamine.
From there, she developed a severe addiction to the substance, taking meth nearly every day for the next five years.
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Jessica opened up about her experience, telling Seven News: "It took my soul. I remember telling myself I am going to die an addict.
Three months after trying the drug for the first time, Jessica sold her house and moved out to Surfers Paradise in an attempt to escape the addiction, but her apartment block had several drug dealers operating in the neighbourhood when she arrived.
She then made a move to Sydney in another attempt to get clean, but only considered going into rehab when her drug dealer suggested it to her.
On her 28th birthday, she found herself locked in a dirty cell, an experience she describes as the moment she decided she needed to "get her life together".
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Jessica spoke a lot of the help the police gave to her during her most difficult times, despite her having several run-ins with them.
"They kept setting me straight even though I kept failing them, they never gave up on me," she said.
At this point, she had become homeless and was living on the streets and in and out of rehab centres.
Then, a month in jail for several drug-related offences pushed her to go to rehab for the final time.
Now, after being clean for six years, Jessica openly shares her experiences with addiction on social media.
She hopes this will help people who are struggling to get the help they need.
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