Jimmy K’s Greatest Idea – By William L White.

Drug-related moral panics rest so deep and so enduring within American history that they could be thought of as part of our national character. The latest focus of concern is the opioid epidemic as indicated by the more than 100% increase in opioid prescriptions, 2.5 million U.S. citizens who have a substance use disorder involving prescription or illicit opioids, 1.3 million opioid-related hospital admissions in the U.S. each year, and more than 33,000 opioid-related deaths per year. Yet, this opioid epidemic is far more than it appears to be. The focus of this brief essay is on our professional and public propensity to focus on one drug (or one drug category) at a time in isolation from broader and more enduring patterns of psychoactive drug consumption that connect and influence particular drug surges. The one-at-a-time drug focus, whether on alcohol, marijuana, LSD, cocaine, prescription opioids, or tobacco, has engendered numerous unintended consequences, including inconsistent… Continue reading

Does Your Sex Addiction Drive Your Drug Addiction (and Vice Versa)? Robert Weiss

    Early this year, David Fawcett, author of Lust, Men, and Meth: A Gay Man’s Guide to Sex and Recovery, and I conducted a seminar on the links between sex addiction and substance addiction – in particular methamphetamine abuse. David is an expert on meth addiction, especially in the gay community, and I am an expert on sexual addiction. Over the course of our careers, we have both seen a linkage between sex and drug addictions, with meth being the primary substance of choice. This is an issue that I too have written about – in my books Sex Addiction 101: A Basic Guide to Healing from Sex, Porn, and Love Addiction and Cruise Control: Understanding Sex Addiction in Gay Men. In those publications, I discuss a wide range of cross and co-occurring addictions pairing with sexual addiction, with a focus on meth, as it seems to be the… Continue reading

Choose Freedom – By William Marotta

Choose freedom. How did I come to that? Why did I choose that as a name for a blog? As a title for what the thoughts are that go through my mind. It’s because a moment of freedom creates so much clarity, confidence & inspiration inside ourselves. This isn’t meant to be professional. Honestly, it’s raw. This is my experience and mine only. I want to change perception. I want to change families beliefs on addiction. I want to change the world. Period. So I departed from this company, and when I did, some words that were thrown around pierced my character and crushed me to the core. I wanted to die. I was a walking billboard for “let’s change the world.” I wasn’t in a church basement, or a room talking about how we end the stigma. I fucking wear my recovery like the shirt on my back. It… Continue reading

Sexual Addiction and Stimulant Drug Abuse – By Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S

As discussed in my previous posting to this site, the vast majority of sex addicts also have a secondary addiction, whether it’s a cross addiction, where they switch back and forth between sex addiction and another addiction, or a co-occurring addiction, where they engage in more than one addiction at the same time. For multiply-addicted sex addicts, stimulant drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine are often the secondary drug of choice. Typically, this manifests as a co-occurring (simultaneous) addiction rather than a cross addiction. In other words, sex and stimulant addicts typically use drugs and chase sex at the same time. There are two primary reasons sex and stimulant drugs seem to go together. Stimulant drugs (and most other addictive substances) are disinhibiting. So using stimulants reduces or eliminates the sexual hang-ups that might prevent an addict from engaging in the sexual behaviors he or she truly desires. For instance, a… Continue reading

You Were The Greatest Man In My Life Until You Weren’t – By Jessica Donovan

Give me bear hugs. Teach me how to ride my bike. Burp a song into a paper towel roll to make me laugh. Put bunny ears behind my head in pictures. Carry me when I broke my ankle. Make ice cream the thing that fixes all my sorrows. Cheer me on at little league. Take me for rides in your garbage truck. Let my friends and I ride in the bed of the pick-up truck while you fly down hills. Take me to my first drive in movie. Let me wear your t-shirt as a dress when I pee my pants at the Meadowlands Fair. Throw a pizza and chocolate milk party for just the two of us in the middle of July. Lift me up to pick apples out of a tree. Dress up as Santa for me. Love my friends as much as you loved me. Be my… Continue reading