Vancouver queer male health groups offer support for reducing or ending meth usage with sex

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      Men who have sex with men (or MSM) who are struggling with their crystal-meth use for sex can find support from some upcoming groups from a local male health centre.

      Health Initiative for Men (HIM) is currently offering support groups to males who engage in sexualized meth use.

      Two types of groups are available.

      Meth and Sex is an abstinence-based group that is designed for guys who want to stop using meth in their sex lives or keep their sexual activities free from meth. Meanwhile, Spunk! is harm-reduction based and is intended for guys who want to reduce their meth usage for sex or learn about safer usage strategies.

      Facilitators for these groups have experience with sexualized meth use and will provide the opportunity for participants to share experiences, set goals, learn about mechanisms involved in usage, and develop strategies to overcome challenges.

      The groups are based upon peer support, cognitive-behavioural therapy, and motivational interviewing, and integrated values of harm reduction, anti-oppression, and equity.

      Any gay, bisexual, asexual, queer, trans, two-spirit, sex workers, or other MSM of all ages who are facing struggles with their meth use related to sexual activity are welcome to join.

      The groups will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays or Wednesdays at HIM on Davie (1033 Davie Street) and are free or by donation.

      Although sessions already began this past week on January 13, intakes close on January 22 and groups are open for up to a maximum of 10 participants each.

      For more information or to register, email HIM or visit the HIM website.

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