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 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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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?
By Wendy Lee Nentwig