SCOTT COUNTY, MO. (KAIT) - It's an inside look at Meth through the eyes of a recovering addict.
A Missouri man tells his story to try and help other addicts stay sober, and also teach the public how to help authorities make a difference at a time when meth isn't going away.
Just Sunday, authorities in Scott County made their 1616th bust of the year. Six individuals were arrested in connection with the bust at a Sikeston home.
Investigators say the drug isn't going anywhere, making it more important than ever for the public to know what to look for.
We've agree to call this recovering addict only: David to conceal his identity.
"I gave everything up," said David. "My life was completely unmanageable. I didn't care. All I wanted was the drug. I had a void in my heart. I wanted to be loved. I filled the void with alcohol and drugs."
David said the drugs started in 1992.
"I loved everything about it," he said. "The high was like I'm on top of the world. You're going 90 miles per hour and going crazy. I loved it. I have 60 or 70 people buying pills for me at a time."
"He would do just about anything for it at the time," said Sheriff Rick Walter. Walter says David is a prime example of what happens when meth makes its way into your life, yet now he's a success story.
"He lost just about everything."
Walter says he's tired of seeing meth tear families and communities apart so they're cracking down. They've busted 16 labs this year.
He says a key reason they've been able to bust so many labs is due to the fact more citizens are willing to come forward with tips.
Brandon Caid describes how they came across one dump site in rural Scott County: "A caller said they were walking their dog," said Caid. "They came across an area and they thought something wasn't right."
Investigators and David say the smell of ammonia or a bunch of items that look like trash including hoses, pill boxes, and bottles should tip you off. But don't touch it, it could be dangerous or even explode.
As for David, recovery continues. "I want to help people today," said David. He hopes the last time he was busted for Meth, is indeed the last.
Now his new addiction is staying sober and helping others do the same. His life is now filled with the love of his family who stuck by him.
"I sometimes go to three support group meetings a day," said David. "When I wake up, I ask God to keep me clean and sober."
if you met David on the street, you would never know meth almost destroyed his life. He doesn't show any physical signs. He says he feels that's his miracle so that he can tell his story and help fight the war on Meth.