Crystal Meth has become the drug of choice for many gay men and the expression of "party and play" has crept into our vocabularies. Crystal is also devastating our communities in ways we have never experienced before, The price of using crystal is high and often results in HIV infection, loss of employment and family and even death. Even with knowing this, many gay men become addicted to crystal. "Rock Bottom" is an eye-opening look into the lives of seven men who are crystal users. We meet an HIV positive man struggling with issues of fidelity, a young porn star, a high-end designer, and four others whose lives are centered around the drug. The film was shot over a 2 year period in New York City and looks at both addiction and recovery. We witness the effects of the drug--the lowering of inhibitions, the maximizing of libido, the increase of stamina, the insatiable urge to engage in long lasting raunchy pig sex as well as fisting, watersports, mummification and all kinds of kink. These include not using condoms and participating in orgiastic activities. We see that it is hard to walk away from crystal because the drug is so powerful. Other effects of the drug are the reduction of internal homophobia and the ability to develop a false sense of self-esteem. One of the guys states that he cannot enjoy sex unless he is high on the drug. Another says that when he is high, he has no guilt about being HIV positive and he can have bareback sex with strangers. What is so shocking is that all of the men feel incomplete without the drug. "Rock Bottom" is directed by Jay Corcoran and he has managed to get users to speak honestly and directly. We easily understand that crystal is more than a fad. Rather it is a serious epidemic that needs to be taken seriously and a counterattack is required to stop it from killing our community. The pain and the hope are both here and each of us owes it to ourselves to have a look at this film. __________________
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