The day he was forced to leave—without many of his belongings—was the day he got a call about an opening at a drug treatment center.
The reason he’s OK bringing his substance use to light?
To help combat the stigma that can swirl around substance use—especially meth.
Suffering from depression at the time, the rush meth brought made him feel happy.
It made sex better by helping him overcome inhibitions he had in the bedroom. He bought his own product and would use in the safety of his own home.
Methamphetamine, also known as meth, or crystal meth, is a growing problem.
Because it’s easy to make and more affordable than heroine or cocaine, more folks are getting hooked at an alarming rate.People who use drugs may be stigmatized in a way that leads them to conceal their use and prevents them from accessing beneficial health care, social or substance use services—increasing their vulnerability to infectious diseases and other harms.Tim Pursell, Ph D, keeps a closely cropped beard and wears angular dark-framed glasses and a dark blazer, blending in with many other middle-aged men in San Francisco.Pursell continued to use meth, and for a time, experimented with other substances.He hated crack and decided to stop using heroin because he feared the withdrawal symptoms.They have this stereotypical image of what a meth user looks like in their head, and that’s not always the case.” Pursell first started using meth nearly 20 years ago.