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Thursday, September 11, 8:07 PM written by About Face Theatre

Reading Roundup: Addiction and the LGBTQ community

uHwM258Hg_WC9Wk6yaPGC14pqIJucbRJTeiD6fQqApoFor many audience members, the trip down the rabbit hole in Steven Strafford’s “Methtacular!” may be their first introduction to the topic of addiction (and in particular abuse of meth) in the queer community, but this issue reaches far beyond Steven’s story and is a problem that has plagued our community for many years.

It is believed that a much higher percentage of LGBTQ people use alcohol and drugs than do heterosexual adults and while more and more resources are being created to address this issue, the problem remains that this and other gay health issues are not addressed at the level required to rectify the problem.

Below is a list of online reading that people interested in learning more on this topic will want to check out. For even more conversation on this issue, check out our panel discussion “After the Curtain Closes: A look at the road to recovery”.

After the Curtain Closes:
A look at the road to recovery

Date: September 14, 2014
Time: Immediately following the 4pm performance of “Methtacular!”
Location: Theater Wit | 1229 W Belmont Ave, Chicago

Recommended Reading

Why the Gay and Transgender Population Experiences Higher Rates of Substance Use
A comprehensive brief put out by the Center for American Progress about the LGBTQ community and substance abuse.

Crystal Meth: How Gay Men Start Down the Long Road of Addiction
The first of a 3-part series written by Tweakers Project founder Jimmy Palmieri for wehoville.com.

DRUG ABUSE AMOUNG LGBT YOUTH
An article from the Council on Drug Abuse (CODA) that focuses on the risk for drug abuse and addiction among LGBTQ youth.

Center on Halsted: Resource List
A great list of LGBTQ community resources including recovery and substance abuse support in Chicago.

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Wednesday, September 10, 8:51 PM written by About Face Theatre

Join us this Sunday for a special post-show discussion about recovery

After the Curtain Closes:
A look at the road to recovery

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Date: September 14, 2014
Time: Immediately following the 4pm performance of “Methtacular!”
Location: Theater Wit | 1229 W Belmont Ave, Chicago

“Methtacular!” bravely shares Steven Strafford’s autobiographical story of the manic highs and devastating lows of the life of an individual addicted to drugs. The arc of the show focuses primarily on the years Strafford spent as an addict in Chicago, and leaves his story of recovery open to the imagination of the audience. We see the proof of his successful recovery in front of us in the form of this incredibly talent, gutsy performer, but we don’t really know how he got there.

With this panel discussion we intend to explore the recovery process from several perspectives including those who have gone through it to those that provide support in the Chicago area. Through this discussion we hope to address topics including: What triggers addictions? What factors specifically make the LGBTQ community particular susceptible to addiction? What is going through recovery like? What does recovery bring up and how do we deal with that? How can sharing stories like Steven’s (particularly in an artistic setting) effect this epidemic? If someone is struggling with addiction, what are some pathways for them to get help in Chicago?

Join us immediately after the show this Sunday, September 14th for this provocative discussion!

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