Even if you are not addicted to flipping through television channels at 2:00 a.m., the chances are high that you have, at some point, heard of the TV series Breaking Bad. Airing on AMC from 2008 to 2013, the acclaimed show focused on the struggles of Walter White, whose journey from high school teacher to meth lab cook produces a rocky and deadly empire. In lieu of its title (referencing southern slang for “raising hell”), Breaking Bad doesn’t disappoint with its endless supply of violence, mayhem, and, of course, crystal meth. So how did this show perfectly illustrate the grim realities of meth labs and did it hit any bumps along the way? Let’s take a closer look and find out more.
Yes, Super Labs Exist
Being a show devoted to crystal meth production, you can bet that Walter White and his cohorts spent much time cooking in underground labs, and the show also highlights another dangerous aspect of smurfs and cooks: super labs. As insane as this may sound, drug experts have confirmed the existence of these ticking time bombs, which are particularly common across Mexico. Ultimately, Sylvia Longmire, a retired captain of the Air Force, confirms that the construction of super labs in states like New Mexico is not impossible, despite major restrictions across our country’s southern border.
Impurities of Products
In the same manner as heroin, crystal meth can also be impure; or, at least, as impure as a drug made from drain cleaner and lighter fluid can be. Unlike the products in Breaking Bad, real meth cooks don’t care if their products are clean or not, leading to disastrous consequences with customers. If that is the case, then why does Walter White seem to care so much about pure products?
All Walks of Life
If anything, Breaking Bad, for an overdramatic purpose, showcased just how deadly meth can be, driving users completely insane and turning them into desperate animals. In one part of the show, we are introduced to Spooge and his girlfriend, two characters whose skin is rotting off their faces and arms and who are not afraid to hold people at knifepoint to get their poison.
Still, Breaking Bad does not always portray another part of the meth market: high society users. In many cases, meth addicts aren’t homeless, animalistic monsters but are, instead, well-to-do people with severe sicknesses. Once again, though, you must keep in mind that this is a television show, not a pure depiction of real life.
Seeking Treatment for Drug Abuse or Addiction
People from all around the world suffer from drug abuse and addiction every day, but, in a way, you can also find reprieve in the fact that hundreds of them are also finding ways to heal. Although the battle against illegal drugs continues to wage on in the United States, Australia, and other countries, you can join the thousands who rally together to find peace and to heal. With the right amount of determination and a little bit of love for yourself, anything is possible.
If you are suffering from a severe case of drug abuse or addiction, or have a friend or loved one who is coping with this illness, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.
If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward becoming a healthier person.