How Gay Men Can Get Help Fighting Crystal Meth Addiction

Pipe by TedsBlog In the beginning, when crystal meth started appearing in clubs for gay men and in gay circuits, the guys called the drug “Christina.” Over time as familiarity developed, “Christina” became “Chrissy” and, eventually, “Tina.” And among the gay men who know her, it’s a love-hate relationship.

Says one guy who kicked “Tina,” “Now, I just call her “b*tch, and when I see her coming, or any of her minions, I just whip out my anti-tweaker spray.”

Support For Gay Men and Crystal Meth Addiction

If only it were that easy to break addiction to crystal meth, a convenient little bottle that you could spray whenever you felt like getting high. Unfortunately, many gay men who use crystal have built a whole lifestyle and network of friendships based on use of the drug. Giving up crystal meth addiction means giving up the community they’ve built as well as the parties that go on for days, anonymous sex, more crystal and more anonymous sex. Comparatively, being clean and sober can seem, well, boring.

So how do you find the support you need when you know it’s time to let go of your crystal meth addiction? Where do you find people who understand what you’re going through and won’t judge you for your choices? Online.

Sites Geared Toward Gay Men and Crystal Meth Addiction

Tweaker

Tweaker is a great site full of lots of harm reduction information, how to get off the drug and educational resources so that you can know exactly what you’re doing to your body—and that there is hope beyond crystal meth.

“We’re here because we know that gay guys use crystal meth. But we’re not here to promote meth, glorify it or glamorize it. And we’re not here to condemn using it, criticize it or demonize it.

Instead, we’re here to provide INFORMATION so that gay men really understand crystal and how it affects our physical, mental, sexual and social health, SUPPORT for guys who decide they need to talk about what they know, what they need and how to get answers about their meth use, RESOURCES to help guys when they decide they want help with their meth use. Our website is pretty graphic. There’s stuff in here about sex and drug use. We don’t want you to be offended or threatened and hope that if you’re under 18 years old you’ll go to a different site.”

Strength Over Speed

A Seattle-based organization for gay men, this group has meetings in the Seattle area but the online forums, community and stories can be helpful to gay men around the world who are struggling with crystal meth.

“Strength Over Speed (SOS) is a grassroots, all volunteer community based project whose mission is to help gay and bisexual men maintain recovery from crystal meth addiction.”

Hi, My Name is Tina

This is a Toronto-based organization for gay men who are, well, kicking Tina. It provides an anonymous support for those who are interested in learning more about the drug, are considering getting off it, or are currently struggling with addiction and just need somewhere to vent. They describe themselves thusly:

“We are users, ex-users and people who provide support to people whose lives have been affected by crystal meth use. HiMyNameIsTina.com is an online wellness resource by and for our community. We embrace a harm reduction philosophy that includes abstinence. We’re here to help through information, opportunities for interaction, and inspiration.

“This site is written primarily by and for gay and bisexual men, and other men who have sex with men. If you are offended by images and the sexual language of these communities and cultures, then please don’t enter.”

Crystal Neon

Another site focused on the raising of awareness within the gay community about the dangers of the drug, it also provides harm reduction assistance to those who aren’t ready to quit and information for those who are.

“This website contains information for gay and bisexual men who use methamphetamine. We in no way promote or encourage the use of this controlled substance. Instead, we seek to help individuals minimize the harms associated with use of methamphetamine. Because of our harm reduction goals, some language and imagery may not be suitable for individuals under 18 years of age. Also, if you quit using methamphetamine or are trying to quit, you may wish only to view the section of this website that pertains to managing, cutting down, and quitting.”

Quitting Crystal

If you are addicted to crystal meth and are ready to quit, The Canyon offers inpatient treatment that is comprehensive and efficient. Getting off crystal meth can be one of the most difficult things you ever do, but it’s not something you have to do alone.

If you have “kicked Tina” or are in the process, what was the most difficult aspect of recovery in your experience?

Wendy Lee Nentwig

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Dear Friends,

On November 10, 2018, the Woolsey Fire destroyed The Canyon at Peace Park’s treatment facility. At this time, The Canyon at Peace Park is not accepting patients for any services. We arranged for the safe and seamless discharge or transition of all patients when we were forced to evacuate due to the fire.

For over 12 years, The Canyon at Peace Park has been privileged to provide integrated treatment for addiction and co-occurring disorders to patients across the nation. Our main focus has always been on our patients and their success. We have served hundreds of patients and their families, providing exclusive treatment and services for a wide range of behavioral health and addiction issues.

Our trained, compassionate staff has been committed to delivering quality patient care with dignity and respect, with the goal of helping our patients return to their communities as healthier individuals. We are extremely proud of the sacrifices of those who worked every day, often under challenging circumstances, to positively impact our patients’ lives.

We thank the physicians and staff for their expertise and dedication in providing high quality, compassionate treatment and care to the patients we have served.

We look forward to carrying on The Canyon at Peace Park’s legacy through our outpatient locations in Santa Monica and Encino. Foundations Recovery Network also has other residential and outpatient facilities around the country offering the same high quality of service you’ve come to expect from us.

If you need help finding treatment, please visit foundationsrecoverynetwork.com or call for more information.

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