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Meth Abuse Effects on the Gay Community

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Many meth users get hooked the first time they smoke or inject methamphetamines. The stimulant drug provides a quick and powerful high and is common among the social networks of gay men. Unfortunately, meth addiction is prevalent in the LGBTQ community. An LGBTQ meth addiction treatment center is the safest, most effective way to stop using meth, prevent reuse, and lower the rate of meth overdoses across the US and specifically within the LGBTQ community.

If you or someone in your life is using meth, call La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center Today. Our LGBTQ meth rehab center provides inclusive addiction support for the Hollywood community.
Call us at 888.903.9898 to learn more about our programs and get started today.

Meth Addiction In the Gay Community

Meth is often cheaper than other drugs and easy to get. It’s commonly used in the club and party scene among gay and bisexual men. The white powdered drug can be snorted, smoked, or injected.

As a stimulant, meth speeds up messages from the brain to the body. This can increase sensation, motivation, and excitability. Meth provides an immediate dopamine rush to the brain. Dopamine causes pleasure, joy, elation, and mental focus. Its more concentrated form, crystal meth, provides even stronger sensations. Meth became popular in the 1990s among the gay men’s communities, primarily in New York City. Often used as an aphrodisiac, meth can increase confidence, feelings of power, and sexual desire. Side effects of meth include:

  • Paranoia
  • Joy
  • Hyperactivity
  • Elation
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite
  • Confusion

Unfortunately, meth addiction has devastated the LGBTQ community for decades. The stimulant drug can provide euphoric effects for up to 12 hours, followed by an intense crash as the body returns to normal. Because meth is often made in home labs, it’s hard to know what else the drug might contain. Often laced with other drugs and harmful fillers, one use of meth can lead to addiction, overdose, and even death.

Meth Addiction Treatment

Unfortunately, the gay community largely lacks safe, inclusive meth addiction treatment and support. A medically assisted detox program is the safest and most effective way to overcome meth addiction. When someone attempts to quit using meth at home, they will have a tough time not reusing. Because meth changes a person’s brain, they may suffer from the following during withdrawal:

  • Temporary psychosis
  • Emotional outburst
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Mood changes
  • Personality changes

When a meth user stops taking meth, they may seem like a different person. These shifts are a normal response to withdrawal but should be treated with addiction therapy.

During medically assisted detox, clients receive medications, supplements, medical monitoring, and proper nutrition to ease withdrawal effects and prevent health complications. As a stimulant, meth can damage organs. When injected, it can cause collapsed veins as well as increase the risk of blood-borne diseases. Luckily, medically assisted detox can help mitigate these complications and provide comprehensive psychotherapy.

Get the Help You Deserve From Hollywood’s LGBTQ Meth Rehab Center

Los Ángeles’ La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center provides meth detox and recovery for the LGBTQ community. Our programs also treat opiates, prescription drugs, alcohol, and party drugs like MDMA. With inpatient and outpatient programs, La Fuente is here to help the local Los Angeles community recover.

We believe now is the time to help the LGBTQ community recover from crystal meth and build a strong, safe, sober community. Let’s stop meth use together.

Begin Your Meth Detox Journey at La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center Now

Don’t wait. If you or someone you love is struggling with me, call us at 888.903.9898 to learn more about our meth detox center in sunny Los Angeles, CA.

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