ADAM Thomson was a decorated country footballer.
And a drug addict.
His addiction to ice had taken over every facet of his life — to the point he was contemplating suicide.
Not only did the drug have devastating effects on him physically and mentally, its collateral damage impacted pain and anguish on his family and friends.
But it was his family’s support that has helped bring him back from the edge, and has helped get him to the stage where he is now able to share his story with other people to try and stop them making the same mistakes.
Even now, two and a half years clean, he talks about the seriousness of falling back into the cycle and the struggles he faces — on a daily basis.
Thomson was at the Mathoura Football Netball Club clubrooms last week as a guest speaker.
The night was about community awareness with all footballers, netballers, their families and members of the community invited to attend.
More than 100 people packed the venue and many were asking questions about how they could identify a problem and the best places to seek help when they did.
One of Thomson’s strongest messages was that out of every 10,000 addicts, only 300 were likely to seek help and of those 300, only one was likely to kill the habit completely.
Thomson’s greatest achievement was getting back out to play footy after falling out of the game for several years.
Senior coach Phil Hazelman said it was just as much an issue within the football club as it was within the community.
‘‘As a club, we don’t hide from the fact that we’re not immune to it,’’ he said.
‘‘We live in a small community and it’s an issue that’s been identified among young people.
‘‘One of the reasons for holding the night at the rooms was to reiterate to the community that we as a football and netball club would not tolerate it and wanted to help stamp it out in the community.
‘‘It was a small way of taking a stand. Everyone in the local community has been affected by this awful drug in some way, or knows of someone who has been and it was good to share Adam’s message with them.’’