Lust, Men, and Meth
A Gay Man’s Guide to Sex and Recovery
Lust, Men, and Meth: A Gay Man’s Guide to Sex and Recovery provides the first practical resource for recovery from methamphetamine and the restoration of healthy sex and intimacy. Based on over a decade of clinical experience and research, Dr. Fawcett outlines the seductive appeal of methamphetamine and its impact on high-risk behaviors and sexual desire, resulting in the fusion ofo meth and sex in the brain. Such patterns of use quickly lead not only to a devastating addiction but in sexual dysfunction as well.
Illustrated with examples from dozens of cases, this book outlines a path toward healing, describing the phases of physical, emotional, and sexual recovery and provides a broad range for supportive tools from managing triggers to mindfulness. This book:
- Explores the relationship between gay men, meth, and other mood altering chemicals, and high-risk sexual behaviors.
- Provides a sex therapist’s insight into sexual desire, its vulnerability to distortion, and a path toward healing.
- Describes the impact of neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to rewire neural connections, and its role both in hijacking healthy pleasure and restoring it.
- Presents a recovery guide for the physical and emotional impact of meth, including valuable information, relapse-prevention skills, and guidance for the therapeutic work necessary for healthy intimacy.
Table of Contents
Lust, Men, and Meth: An Introduction
Part I: The Perfect Storm
Chapter 1 Gay Men, Meth, and Sex
Chapter 2 The Hijacking of Sexual Desire
Chapter 3 The Chase for Intensity
Chapter 4 Men, Drugs, and a Deadly Virus
Part II: Exploring the Sexual Universe
Chapter 5 Sexual Templates, Themes, and Shadows
Chapter 6 The Aphrodisiac Effect of Secret Desires
Chapter 7 Sex and the Plastic Brain
Part III: Restoring Your Life
Chapter 8 The Recovery Process
Chapter 9 Healing Old Wounds
Chapter 10 Embracing Feelings
Chapter 11 Seven Essential Tools for a Strong Recovery
Changing the Conversation about Gay Men’s Health
Other Substances Frequently Used with Methamphetamine
“This book has an authenticity that only comes from years of working with people who have suffered at the hands of crystal meth. This book WILL save lives.”
“Thank you, Dr. Fawcett for those who are gay men, who know gay men, who love gay men, who work with gay men…A complex topic many want to avoid, deny, dance around…you present with clarity and compassion. BRAVO!!!”
“Every therapist working in the LGBT community should have this rich resource close at hand.”
David Fawcett PhD, LCSW
David Fawcett PhD, LCSW is a social worker, sex therapist, and clinical hypnotherapist with a psychotherapy practice in Ft. Lauderdale specializing in gay men’s health. His clinical specialties include treatment for trauma as well as HIV/AIDS and co-occurring substance use and/or mental health concerns. With over thirty years of clinical experience, Dr. Fawcett brings a deep understanding to the complex interaction of sex and recreational drugs in the gay community. In addition to his practice, Dr. Fawcett is a contributor to TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.
Training & Events
Dr. Fawcett is a highly-acclaimed trainer who has presented on issues of gay men’s health such as HIV/AIDS, substance use, shame, and stigma at national and international conferences, including the U.S. Conference on AIDS, the World Sexology Congress, the National Social Workers and HIV Conference, and many others. He also conducts workshops for gay men and their allies, including couples and relationship skills, substance use awareness, and resilient living with HIV/AIDS. For information on Dr. Fawcett’s workshops please see our Events & Appearances page.