Gay drug addiction is alarming for many reasons not
the least of which is the relationship between gay drug addiction
and HIV/AIDS. Gay drug addiction is a double-whammy when it comes
to AIDS according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse. For the
last few years over 50% of new HIV and AIDS cases have been spread
by injecting drug users and not just gay drug addiction but all
injecting drug users. In fact although homosexual men are the highest
estimated group of HIV positive, new cases of HIV have actually
gone down while new cases for injecting drug users have gone up
making gay drug addiction a very risky category. Gay drug addiction
does not only effect intravenous drug users but all drugs that lower
inhibition and contribute to unsafe choices and behaviors.
Nearly all drugs affect the mind and body. Anabolic
steroids is one of the few drugs that is injected that has no intoxicating
effects but is harmful to the body including hypertension, acne,
reduced sperm count, smaller testicles, breast enlargement in males
and masculine characteristics in females such as facial hair and
menstruation problems. Steroids have become an increasing drug of
choice in this country and some say it is included in gay drug addiction
for those individuals who are obsessed with their body and its appearance.
Most drug addicts however have problems with street
and pharmaceutical drugs that have a tremendous impact on their
thinking and behavior. Stimulants, opioids, depressants, hallucinogens
and dissociative anesthetics all have a physical impact on normal
brain function and can alter processes and change behavior patterns.
Gay drug addiction has always included the party drugs
cocaine and methamphetamine. These drugs as well as MDMA are all
highly addicting and can lead to increased heart rate and blood
pressure which contributes to heart failure and strokes. Difficulty
breathing, weight loss and neurological damage that cause learning
and memory problems are also consequences of stimulant use.
Opioids such as heroin, opium and codeine by prescription
are most commonly injected and very dangerous in the gay drug addiction
community. These drugs slow down the bodies functions as opposed
to the stimulants. Slowed breathing, vomiting, confusion and unconsciousness
are all side-effects of using opioids.
Depressants use can often start with a doctors prescription.
Xanax, Valium, Seconal are all brand name depressants that are prescribed
to reduce pain and lower anxiety. Their street name equivalents
are barbs, reds, yellow jackets, downers and we are seeing an increase
in use of roofies, ghb, and ecstasy. Similar to opioids, these drugs
slow the body and mind down and chronic use can cause confusion,
sedation, impaired coordination and judgment.
Other drugs such as LSD, Special K, mescaline and
PCP all have tremendous effects on the mind and body, altering states
of perception and can cause delirium, depression and flashbacks.
If you or a loved one is in the grips of drug addiction
to any of the drugs named above please do not hesitate in calling
Spencer Recovery Centers. We are one of the few rehabilitation centers
in the country that have separate facilities and meetings for our
gay cliental to address their special needs and issues.