Methamphetamine is a chemical stimulant drug, which is extremely dangerous and highly addictive. Crystal meth, a form of the drug that resembles small glass shards, is frequently used amongst members of the gay community. The drug can be smoked, swallowed, snorted or intravenously injected. Those who use crystal meth most commonly smoke it.
The effects are nearly instantaneous, and those who use the drug will experience side effects like bursts of energy, decreased appetite, profuse sweating, irrational behavior, increased sex drive, rapid heartbeat, increased body temperature, and increased blood pressure. In the gay community, meth is used as a “party drug” and is thought to make sexual interactions more pleasurable.
Methamphetamine in the Gay Community
Here are some additional facts to know about meth use amongst members of the gay community:
- Meth is commonly mixed with other drugs.
Although crystal meth is the most commonly abused drug amongst members of the gay community, it is also frequently mixed with other chemical substances – which can prove to be extremely dangerous and even life-threatening. “Speedballing” is common, which means mixing uppers like meth with sedative drugs, like heroin or GHB. This combination of chemicals seriously messes with the central nervous system, and can severely and irreparably damage the body.
- Meth use contributes to higher rates of HIV contraction amongst gay men.
Because meth is used in conjunction with unprotected sex, and because HIV is more common amongst members of the LGBTQ community, regular meth use leads to an increased risk of contraction. The HIV virus can be passed through sexual contact or through intravenous drug use.
- Meth-fueled sex parties are becoming more common.
With the rise of “networking” platforms like Tinder and Grindr, meeting strangers who are also interested in sex combined with drug use is significantly easier than it used to be. It is also common for “party hosts” to offer free drugs in exchange for group sex. Because inhibitions are lowered immensely when drugs are involved, most of this sex ends up being unprotected – which, of course, leads to increased risk of the spreading of HIV.
- Meth abuse is becoming more rampant.
With the rise of heroin abuse, the abuse of and addiction to other drugs don’t necessarily get the attention it needs and deserves. Meth use is rampant all across the country, and rates of meth abuse continue to skyrocket. The drug is relatively inexpensive and easy to obtain, making it even more popular.
- Regular meth use can ruin sex drive in the long-term.
When meth is used, it causes a huge dopamine surge, making all experiences significantly more pleasurable. Getting sober after a period of meth addiction will lead to a major dopamine crash, resulting in depression and feelings of melancholy and disillusionment. It isn’t uncommon for gay men to experience disappointment in sex and sexual performance after they’ve gotten clean from meth addiction. For this reason, we recommend all recovering addicts abstain from sexual intercourse for at least one full year.
LGBTQ Specific Treatment
Getting help for meth addiction is as simple as picking up the phone and making a call. At Garden State Treatment Center, we understand how difficult it can be to stop using a drug as highly addictive as methamphetamine. We also understand that certain groups of people face unique challenges. For this reason, we offer LGBTQ-specific treatment options for those who prefer to be surrounded by like-minded people.
LGBTQ-specific treatment allows members of the LGBTQ community to discuss subjects and issues that others might not understand – subjects like discrimination, unique drug trends (like meth use) and dealing with unaccepting family members. If you or someone close to you has been abusing meth and needs help in order to stop, please give us a call today.