Since this will be the last post of the year, I thought it fitting to talk about that “last run.” It’s when we say, “This is it. My last run. I’m quitting right after this eight ball is gone.” Been there before? (More than once, right?) Though this post is primarily directed to the person who … Continue reading That Last Run
If you combined sex and crystal, the idea of having sex might seem overwhelming at first. But thousands of recovering meth users have relearned how to have healthy — even hot — sex without crystal meth. It’s just going to take some time and effort. First, the harsh fact: Life without meth means life … Continue reading Done with Meth-Fueled Sex?
“Almost everything we have been told about addiction is wrong — and there is a very different story waiting for us, if only we are ready to hear it.” — Johann Hari There’s an ongoing debate in the recovery community as to how to diagnosis methamphetamine — or any — addiction. Is meth addiction a … Continue reading The Opposite of Addiction is… What? (Hint: It’s Not Sobriety)
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