Drugs derailed train driver’s life

RE­PORTER TIM MAYNE STARTS HIS SE­RIES ON ICE IN THE SUB­URBS BY TALK­ING TO A FOR­MER AD­DICT.

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

PERTH AT the height of his metham­phetamine ad­dic­tion, Philip Dhu blew $79,000 in just 11 days on the drug ice.

The re­cov­ered ad­dict said when he looked back on his use of speed and later meth, or ice, he re­alised if it were not for the drug, he could have been a mil­lion­aire.

“I started work­ing in the mines from the age of 17 and there was a lot of money to be made up north,” Mr Dhu said.

“I have al­ways held down pretty good jobs earn­ing good money, in­clud­ing work­ing as a train driver for BHP.

“Ev­ery­one had a lot of money and a lot of peo­ple were into speed and peo­ple saw it (deal­ing drugs) as a way of mak­ing ex­tra money,” he said.

His 22-year de­scent into hell be­gan when he first saw his cousin in­ject­ing speed.

“I was cu­ri­ous about what it would do and I asked my cousin for some but he told me to ‘eff off’, but I per­sisted and he let me try it,” Mr Dhu said.

“I was pretty young to be try­ing some­thing like that at 16, but what wor­ries me now is that we are hear­ing that 12-year-olds are us­ing it,” he said.

Mr Dhu first started us­ing speed in 1992, but it was not un­til 2012 that he started to dab­ble in metham­phetamines.

“From 1993 un­til 2012 I had some con­trol over my speed use, but when I tried metham­phetamine, that is when things re­ally started to spi­ral out of con­trol,” he said.

“I lost my long-term part­ner of 16 years, my house, my job and all of my be­long­ings.

“On av­er­age I was spend­ing about $2000 a week on speed over­all, but when I was in the grip of metham­phetamine ad­dic­tion I man­aged to blow my en­tire $79,000 pay­out from my job in just 11 days,” he said.

The 39-year-old said he sold ev­ery­thing in­clud­ing four-wheel-drives, boats and other pos­ses­sions to sup­port his grow­ing habit.

“I was bor­row­ing money off my par­ents and had peo­ple ask me to score drugs for them, but I would just steal their money and use it to buy drugs for my­self,” he said.

Fi­nally, Mr Dhu broke down in front of his par­ents, who sus­pected he had a prob­lem and it was shortly af­ter that he de­cided he wanted to get clean.

Mr Dhu went to the near­est re­cov­ery cen­tre in Northam and be­gan the long hard road to re­cov­ery. To­day Mr Dhu lives in Alexander Heights and is proud of the fact that he has been clean for six months thanks to the help of the Fresh Start re­cov­ery pro­gram, which uses drugs such as nal­trex­one, and health and life sup­port pro­grams.

“I’m lucky to have sup­port­ive par­ents who are proud of me to­day,” Mr Dhu said.

“The most dif­fi­cult thing about my ad-

www.com­mu­ni­tynews.com.au dic­tion was look­ing into the eyes of my kids and how they looked at me – I will take that to my grave, I don’t ever want to see them look at me like that again,” he said.

Mr Dhu said when he talked to oth­ers go­ing through re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion for drug ad­dic­tion, he re­minded them to think of the pos­i­tives in life.

“My motto is small steps, big heart – that is what got me through,” he said.

For­mer ice ad­dict Philip Dhu spent $79,000 in just 11 days on the drug.

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