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Please note: This is not an acute stabilization or crisis program.

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis outside of normal business hours and need additional support, please call BH Link at (401) 414-LINK (5465) or National Lifeline  (800) 273-TALK (8255) or Text HOME to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.

What is Project Break?

Project Break is a behavioral care program for Gay, Bisexual, Queer, and other men who have sex with men who use substances. Our therapists aim to provide counseling that is individualized for your needs and align with what is most important to you.  Project Break welcomes individuals who are considering or who want to “take a break” from the substance. We specialize in the treatment of crystal methamphetamine and other substances in the context of sex (Chemsex). Telemedicine options are available.

Our therapists have training specifically in working with Gay, Bisexual, Queer, and other men who have sex with men who use substances. Our goals are to help you understand the unique factors that contribute to your substance use, explore how your substance use may differ from your values and goals, highlight your own individual strengths, and together develop strategies that will aid you in making meaningful change in your life aligns with your values.

You have the ability to make a change and choose a new path for yourself and we are here to help you through that journey.

Here is how we can help you:

LGBTQ+ affirming individual counseling - Counseling sessions will provide you with a space where you should feel supported to speak honestly and openly. Our counselors have specific training and experience working with gay, bisexual, and queer, and other men who have sex with men.

We look towards helping you:
  • Understand the impact of your identity on your experiences
  • Highlight your strengths
  • Explore values that are important to you
  • Develop a plan for how you want your life to look moving forward
  • Help you “take a break” from substances by:
    • Examining how substances impact your life and weighing what is most important to you
    • Gaining insight into the people, places, things, and emotions that place you at risk for using substance
    • Gaining tools to manage cravings to use substances
    • Developing relapse prevention skills

Specific focus on substances during sex -We provide a space for gay, bisexual, queer, and other men who have sex with men to talk about the use of substances in sexual situations.

These conversations will address:
  • Impact of substances on sexual experiences
  • How to develop intimacy without substances
  • How to explore sober healthy sexual experiences
sober healthy sexual experiences

Case management and peer services – In partnership with Project Weber/RENEW we also offer case management and peer recovery support including:

  • Harm reduction services
  • Support for linking to sober housing facilities
  • Linkage to programs that can provide basic needs
  • Peer support including groups and individual case manager support from those with lived experiences of using substances
intimacy without substances

Holistic care – We understand that for many people using substances this is not the only challenge they are facing. We also recognize the impact that substance use can have on relationships including family, friendships, and partners.

That is why, as part of our treatment, we will explore the underlying issues related to substance use and help clients establish healthy boundaries and relationship patterns.

We will explore together:
  • Underlying issues that maintain substance use including:
    • Anxiety
    • Isolation/loneliness
    • Trauma
    • Impact of COVID-19
  • Create new and healthy relationship patterns

Why Project Break?

Our services are designed to engage individuals who identify as gay, bisexual, queer+ who are thinking about how to gain new ways to manage their substance use, develop healthier ways of living, and work towards living a life in line with their values and goals!

Did we mention that:

Services are designed to support and respond to the lived experiences of individuals

Services are confidential

Services are FREE

See how others are benefiting from Project Break:

“I didn’t get turned away when I told my story. It felt like the therapist understood me and didn’t judge me. The therapist helped me understand why my meth use was connected to having sex. My therapist didn’t JUST focus on the drugs. We talked about other things too that are important to me, and I felt human.”
“Tina is so common in my community. It’s hard to avoid. It’s still hard to keep from relapsing, but at least now when I relapse, I know how to get back on my feet and I’m kind to myself when I do that. I’m putting more time between my relapses and actually finding happiness in between. I know I’ll get there.”
“I feel like this program should be given to all gay men, not just us meth users. No one has ever talked to me about what is important to me and listened to me, everyone has always focused on my problems or what was wrong with me.”

Are you ready? Have questions?

* Please note that you must be 18 or older to participate and must reside in Rhode Island or Massachusetts.

Project Break FAQs:

Our program is flexible. There is no set structure or number of weeks. However, most of our clients find that a brief treatment model is effective and their goals can be achieved in approximately 25 sessions.

Sessions can vary in length and this is something you can discuss with your therapist directly. However, most sessions will be a typical “therapy hour,” which lasts 50 minutes.

Meeting once a week is pretty standard for outpatient therapy. However, some folks find it helpful to meet twice a week, especially at the start or around challenging moments, because the extra support is helpful. Others prefer sticking with once a week. And, some feel comfortable meeting every other week or even more spaced out, especially towards the ends of treatment.

Each therapy session will start with setting goals for the session and an agenda. The therapist may have ideas of what to discuss and will always encourage you to bring in topics as well. There will often be a “check-in” at the beginning since the last time you met and we may ask you questions about your anxiety and depression symptoms. There will be a main focus of the session. Before the end of a session, your therapist may assign you something to work on at home between sessions to continue to develop your skills.

Our program therapists are doctoral (PhD) level trained. They are experienced in delivering evidence-based treatments (treatments that have been proven to work with science!). They have experience working with clients from different backgrounds, cultures, gender and sexual identity. At Project Break we recognize that individuals have unique intersectional identities that shape their experiences with the world around them, and we know this matters for mental health care.

All therapists have experience in treating substance use disorders including crystal methamphetamine addiction for sexual minority men.

Our program is different than community therapy for a few reasons. We will never bill your health insurance, we do not charge for sessions (it’s free!), and we can be more flexible than community programs. That means, you and your therapist can work on a schedule that works for you, a treatment plan that works for you, and goals specific to your life.

No, status does not matter. However, if your status is something that is on your mind we can also discuss how best to help you achieve your physical health goals.

Magic. No, just kidding, it isn’t magic. For most people, it is a combination of changing their thoughts and their behaviors and learning strategies that help. If you are interested in how our program has helped others, please see our testimonials section!

Absolutely! We know how important the therapeutic relationship is to treatment and we do not require individuals to give up their therapist in order to participate. We have had some clients choose to keep their therapist and participate in our program with great success and they found our program was able to help them in ways their other therapist was not.

No, there is no medication offered as part of this program. Currently, there is no medication that is approved for treating crystal methamphetamine use. However, if you have other mental health symptoms that you feel would benefit from medication you are welcome to seek those services.

It is very common for clients to also use other substances. Goals for each substance may vary. For example, someone may want to eliminate crystal methamphetamine completely, but continue to drink socially. Individual goals for treatment are best discussed individually with your therapist.

We’re not big on labels here. Whether you feel you have a “problem” or not isn’t important to us. We’re here to help you achieve your goals and help you live a more fulfilling life.

You and your individual therapist will develop goals tailored to your needs and will check-in frequently throughout the program to make sure the original goals are still working for you.

At Project Break, we understand that relapse is part of recovery. You will never be asked to leave or discontinue because of a relapse – that is often when clients need us most! Instead of being taught to fear relapse, we encourage conversations about what to do if it happens and how to recover from relapse.

We will never discharge clients because of missed appointments. However, we do ask that if you know you need to cancel or something comes up to let us know as soon as you can! We care about our clients and worry when we don’t hear from them, so a little heads up is always helpful.

Yes! Substance use and mental health often go hand in hand. We can focus on how substances affect mood and anxiety and also what you can do to manage your emotional distress.

Gay, bi, pan, queer…not really sure…however you identify, we are here for you!

Here at Project Break we care about your health and safety. That's why all of our appointments are being done via telehealth during COVID-19.

Everything is a little weird right now,  but we’re all adjusting. A lot of our clients enjoy telehealth. No traffic. No parking hassles. And, as soon as you are done, you can go right back to work (or, you know, watching your favorite Netflix show!) We take privacy and security very seriously. You will always meet through a secure network and platform with a link only shared to you. If you have any concerns about meeting this way, please discuss them with your therapist.

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