Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Back from the Ice-Cold Brink; How Nathan Arnott Forged a New Life Post-Crystal Meth

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Back from the Ice-Cold Brink; How Nathan Arnott Forged a New Life Post-Crystal Meth

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Byline: Melanie Plane melanie.plane@capnews.com.au

IMAGINE being so high you stabbed someone and didn't remember doing it.

Nathan Arnott doesn't have to imagine it, he lived it. For two years of his life, the Rockhampton father danced with the devil by living a life of drug abuse, violence and crime.

Like many other Australians, Nathan was led astray at a young age and introduced to crystal methamphetamine, also known as ice.

"I grew up in one of the worst parts of Brisbane and I started doing ice when I was about 17, just every now and then," Nathan said.

"My mate was doing it and I tried it and just got hooked. After a while I was doing it full time, 24/7. I'd go on four to five day binges and then sleep for two days."

Nathan said after he was hooked, there was nothing he wasn't prepared to do to get his hands on more of the addictive drug.

"With ice, I went through hell and back. I've played with every devil you can imagine," Nathan said.

"I did ice for a good two years and in that time I was stealing cars and boats, breaking into houses and shops.

"I used to get into fights and I'm not like that sober. I'm a calm, laid-back person. I stabbed a guy one night and was so high I don't recall doing it. I saw people get shot and stabbed and die in front of me.

"I went to court so many times I racked up $3500 worth of fines and ended up being on parole for two-and-a-half years."

But after claiming to witness a mate murder someone in front of him while high, Nathan said he knew he had to break free from the chains of ice holding him down.

"The breaking point for me was when I was out with mates one night high and a fight broke out and one of my mates bludgeoned a guy in the head with a hammer and killed him. He went to jail for life," he said.

"I went home and just told my dad everything and he said 'That's it, we're moving'. …

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