What We Do: Friends Getting Off is an outpatient substance abuse treatment program that helps gay and bisexual men to stop using methamphetamine and to reduce and change risk behavior related to HIV and other substance use.
The intervention consists of an 8-week, 24 session gay-specific cognitive behavioral therapy (GCBT) intervention that follows the manual, Getting Off: A Behavioral Treatment Intervention for Gay and Bisexual Methamphetamine Users [put in link to reports page in the website]. The Getting Off intervention is coupled with Contingency Management, a behavioral intervention that provides vouchers redeemable for goods or services in exchange for urine samples that are methamphetamine metabolite-free.
Enrollment: Program participants are gay or bisexual men who use methamphetamine and want to stop. There is never a waiting list, but potential participants must call to schedule an intake before they can begin attending groups.
Clinic Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 12:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Group Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. for months 1 and 2
Thursday, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. for months 3 through 6
Funding Source: This program is funded by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the City of West Hollywood and sponsored by Friends Research Institute, Inc.