Self Help Resources for Managing, Cutting Back, or Quitting your Speed or Meth Use

Speed, meth, tina, glass, crank or crystal—whatever you’re taking or whatever you call it—at some point in your life you may want to make a change. But it can be tough. Get the support and information you need to be successful if you want to change your relationship to a substance. Below, you’ll find resources and practical help specifically developed for gay, bi and trans guys who want to change or reduce their use, stop using completely, or minimize the impact on their life.

Your METHod

Your METHod is a harm reduction focused recovery-based journal for gay, bi, and trans men affected by crystal meth created by NEON (Needle and Sex Education Outreach Network)—a program of Seattle Counseling Service. This journal invites readers to check out the experiences of other guys and journal on topics like stigma, getting support, making a plan for change, and more. Your METHod

A Guide to Staying Off Crystal for a Day or Longer

This booklet from AIDS Committee of Toronto is a practical guide for gay, bisexual and trans men looking to change their use of crystal meth. It includes information on what to expect after making a change after two weeks, a month and up to a year. Helpful and nonjudgmental tips on slips and relapses, sex without speed, and emotions are also included. Staying Off Crystal

Speedometer: Speed Limit

Speed Limit is a substance use management column that invites readers to think about the ways they already manage your speed use and ways to manage it in the future. It includes interviews with people who have life experience managing their speed use, information about counseling programs, and featured resources that might be helpful to those interested in making a change. Speed Limit

Over the Influence: A Harm Reduction Guide to Managing Drugs and Alcohol

This groundbreaking book by Patt Denning, Jeannie Little and Adina Glickman introduces readers to a Harm Reduction approach—an alternative treatment that helps people set and meet their own goals to gain control over alcohol and substances. It includes self-discovery tools, fact sheets and personal stories and is based on solid science and over 40 years of combined clinical experience.

Ethan Nadelmann, PhD, Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, said, “Imagine if all that counted in helping people with drug problems were science, compassion, health, and common sense. Imagine if the bottom line were simply a matter of helping people get their lives together, one step at a time, in their own particular way. Read this wonderful book, and what you imagine just might become real.” Over the Influence