The Gray Myth of Meth

Attorney Jeffrey Erdman, Mr. Christopher Street West Leather 2016, on crystal meth consumption among older adults.  BY JEFFREY ERDMAN  |  PHOTO BY ROBERT GREEN When you think of people who use crystal meth, do you think of silver haired daddies? Probably not. And, until a few years ago, neither did I. I came to Los…

Recovery Rocks

La Fuente celebrates 10 years, WeHo sponsors community pop up featuring substance use treatment services, “Recovery Rocks” at LA Boulder benefiting The McIntyre House. BY VICTOR MELAMED In recognition of National Recovery Month, join La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center in celebrating 10 years of providing people with the tools they need to rebuild their lives…

Work In Progress

No “before and after” epiphany turns dung into roses. That is the hidden story, the hard work of recovery. BY JOHN RENALDO Many of us who’ve never struggled with addictions have a sort of fantasy about how someone recovers from alcoholism and drug addiction: you “hit bottom,” and then “you have an epiphany,” and then…

The Community | 09.2015

Giving BACK My 12 Step Store turns 12. BY PAULO MURILLO My 12 Step Store—the 12-step recovery-related boutique—located in the heart of West Hollywood, celebrates 12 years of love and service in September, during National Recovery Month. The store, specializing in celebrating the journey of recovery, with unique and edgy recovery-related gifts, books, jewelry, apparel,…

MAKING AMENDS

Amending my past behavior has been hard. Getting an amends from someone I hated for so many years was not much easier. BY PAULO MURILLO | PHOTO BY RICK GALIHER I was up against it that spring of 2010, and going through it, after what has to be the very worst breakup of my entire gay…

BIGOREXIA AND THE ADDICTION TO GO BIGGER

Most in recovery recognize that the addiction to drugs and alcohol can easily turn into an addiction to working out and building muscles, but it turns out that bigger isn’t always better–at least not to muscle heads who suffer from of a form of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) known as bigorexia, where an individual is…