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September marks National Recovery Month—as in recovery from substance abuse—so what better time to talk about David Fawcett’s enlightening read Lust, Men and Meth: A Gay Man’s Guide to Sex and Recovery.
I discovered the book last December when Fawcett, a psychotherapist in Fort Lauderdale, stopped by the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division, a supercool bookstore and event space nestled inside the LGBT Center of Manhattan. In his book tour/lecture series, Fawcett explained to us why the fusion of sex and meth is so dangerous and what the recovery process is like for meth addicts.
He’s an engaging and accessible speaker, and his book reads exactly like that. Though packed with research data and science, Lust, Men and Meth never gets bogged down in academic lingo. Even better, it’s filled with real-life experiences culled from Fawcett’s practice and you’ll find an introduction by POZ blogger Mark S. King.
With clarity and insight, Fawcett lays out how meth increases a person’s risk for HIV and why the drug holds such an appeal to certain gay men as well as to segments of the HIV population. He explains that crystal affects our ability to organize, make deadlines and solve problems, and it influences our perceptions of love and lust, self-esteem, vulnerability, attractiveness, etc. (And yes, you’ll find sections on “crystal dick”—the phenomenon of feeling super horny but not being able to get an erection—and on the ways meth can increase our desire for rougher sex, extreme porn or cybersex.)
Taking a wider view of its topic, the book explores fascinating theories about sexual health and erotic desire, like psychologist Jack Morin’s “four cornerstones of eroticism,” which play into the creation of our individual sexual templates.
This article by Trenton Straube previously appeared at POZ.com and you can read the complete story here.