A friend a mine doesn’t understand why he can’t stop using. He’s in his mid-fifties, lives in West Hollywood and like many of us gay men — like many straight men and women, for that matter — we mixed our meth with some serious sexploits. The sex/meth connection makes giving up meth harder for … Continue reading It’s an Inescapable Fact: at Some Point . . .
Feeling “done” with crystal meth? Done with a high that isn’t a high anymore, but is more like daily maintenance? Done with focusing EVERYTHING IN LIFE around your dealer and getting more ice? Done having to lie again and again to your family and friends about why you missed the wedding, graduation, funeral, birthday or … Continue reading Done?
This is the first blogpost in a series titled: Common Misconceptions About Recovery. Yep, at least two ways to interpret that title. The first goes like this: “Springing from his years of experience, Joseph reflects thoughtfully on recovery.” (That’s the interpretation I prefer and intend.) The other read of Common Misconceptions About Recovery is: … Continue reading Common Misconceptions About Recovery, Part 1
I sat, quietly observing a Crystal Meth Anonymous meeting in West Hollywood that had an unusually large number of newcomers. Many of them, though terrified, were bursting to share their experience. One newcomer — a gay male in his late forties — was speaking, when he paused, let the silence flood the room with … Continue reading Those Dark Thoughts You Had While High On Meth Were NOT Your Thoughts
Today, Fergie is a multiplatinum recording artist, who has traveled the world with the Black Eyed Peas. But in 2001, she was broke, unemployed and addicted to crystal meth. Fergie reveals why she turned to drugs after her girl group, Wild Orchid, was dropped from their record label. It’s a really amazing interview. Peace … Continue reading Fergie Talks With Oprah About Surviving Meth
3 of series of 3 posts on cravings In my first six months of getting clean, I had lots of using thoughts and many full-blown cravings. And though I employed the various tricks to “stop the thought” or “kill the craving” that we looked at in the previous blog posts, sometimes with a particularly strong … Continue reading About the Big Craving: a Favorite Trick That Always Worked For Me
2 of series of 3 posts on cravings The good news first: that intense, physical craving will generally last only 30-90 seconds unless you start moving toward drug use. If you can wait it out, or counteract the craving, it will pass soon enough. Say, you are triggered and then have a pleasurable thought—what’s … Continue reading How to Kill a Craving
1 of series of 3 posts on cravings Time for a few posts on the basics. Some practical, useful information that you may already know, but is always good to be reminded. So, here goes… To begin with, the process usually works like this: Trigger – Thought – Craving – Using. Let’s break this down for … Continue reading Stopping a Thought Before It Becomes a Craving: The Basics
With traffic averaging over 20,000 visitors a month, I get serious email. The rawness and brutal honesty of my readers never ceases to amaze me. Here’s a few I found interesting. I didn’t have to dig deep. From the month of December 2016… 12/2/16 Hi Joseph, My name is Marianne and I’m sort of a meth junkie. Once a … Continue reading Hi Joseph. What is happening to me?