More than 250 crystal methamphetamine users and those who treat them were interviewed for this book. One after another, stories were told of lives destroyed by a seductive drug, the use of which typically begins on weekends or special occasions, but then ends up overwhelming the users life, relationships, and career.
When friends and acquaintances learned the subject of my book, there was often a sigh of resigned relief, followed by a statement suggesting there's a compelling need for a book like this that will get the message out about the destructive properties of this so-called "party" drug.
Tweakers: How Crystal Meth Is Ravaging Gay America includes case histories - of those who use and abuse crystal as well as those who have stopped using the drug and are in recovery or remission from the chronic, recurring illness of drug addiction.
Each person interviewed for this work knew someone - usually himself - whose life was careening out of control due to crystal. Many of these lost souls seemed to be in a classic state of denial, insisting that they had their drug use under control. Others expressed concern that perhaps crystal was having more of an impact on their lives than they had thought it would when they first started using.
Then, there were the saddest cases, where the drug user was well aware of the mayhem that the drug was wreaking on his or her lie. For these users, knowledge was not power; it only reinforced their sense of helplessness and hopelessness as they engaged in the circular phenomenon of binge, crash, then use more - to alleviate the physical and psychological pain of the crash caused by withdrawal.
Experts in the field of drug addiction offer their theories as to why crystal is so popular in the gay community - as well as suggestions for treatment.
Tweakers is an attempt to get to the bottom of this corrupting drug - while also providing hope and help to those who suffer.