New HBO Documentary Highlights Meth Addiction In Rural Arkansas

PERRY COUNTY, Ark.(KARK) - A newly released HBO documentary highlights the issues of cartels flooding the US with methamphetamine. That leads families to deal with crippling addiction. It's no Hollywood tale, it's all based here in Arkansas. 

The filmmakers are originally from Little Rock. They spent two years in central Arkansas following a family, law enforcement, and a faith-based rehab on the effects of addiction. 

The documentary is called Meth Storm and it premiered on HBO Monday night. The Renewal Ranch says it hopes this brings awareness to the issues rural communities face. 

This movie trailer for Meth Storm, released by HBO, gives an eye-opening account of what it's like to struggle with addiction in rural Arkansas. It shows families dealing with loved ones in the cycle of drugs, to Arkansas law enforcement's point of view. 

James Loy is the executive director of the Renewal Ranch. It's a yearlong faith-based rehab for men located down a gravel road in Perry County. His program is highlighted in the film. 

"We gave them access to follow us. They followed us into the Faulkner County Detention Center. They followed us as we ministered to families," Loy said. 

He says what camera crews show in the documentary is what thousands truly face everyday. 

"It's probably the most difficult part of what we do. To see the damage addiction causes and certainly, we see that week in and week out," Loy said. 

Josh Kear is the associate director. He knows the cycle of addiction because he faced it before coming to the ranch himself. 

"I think a lot of the community wants to look away sometimes, and it needs to be recognized in order to be dealt with," Kear said. 

As the film is released, Loy hopes it's much more than just entertainment value, but gives perspective on the real problems in rural Arkansas. 

"We need to rise up and take a stand against this. It's tearing up our communities," Loy said. 

You can watch the documentary on HBO or one of its streaming services. 


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