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Douglas A. Feldman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034317

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034317.001.0001

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The Varieties of Recovery Experience

The Varieties of Recovery Experience

HIV Risk and Crystal Meth Anonymous

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(p.118) 7 The Varieties of Recovery Experience
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AIDS, Culture, and Gay Men
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Thomas Lyons

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813034317.003.0007

One of the problems faced by many gay and bisexual men is HIV infection, either because they have the virus or must confront the possibility of contracting it. To the degree that it leads to abstinence from drugs, twelve-step involvement has an impact on HIV risk through injection drug use. Although use of methamphetamine (meth) by gay and bisexual men has reached epidemic proportions and meth use is highly associated with unsafe sex, no study has been done of people addicted to crystal meth in the newly formed Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA) twelve-step program. This chapter looks at a sample of gay men who attended CMA meetings, which functioned in the general tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, using the twelve-step program. It examines the program components of honesty, facing reality, taking one's “inventory” (or personal assessment), taking it “one day at a time,” group fellowship, and spirituality to focus on changes in sobriety and sexual behavior. It appears that attendance in CMA meetings does lead to changed behavior among program participants.

Keywords:   Crystal Meth Anonymous, twelve-step program, HIV infection, drug use, methamphetamine, sexual behavior, gay men, bisexual men, sobriety, spirituality

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