The experience we have from using a drug is dependent on
3 primary variables: the nature of the drug itself, the aspects
related to the individual who is using the drug, and the environment
in which the drug is being taken. The qualities of each variable
can vary from use to use even for the same individual. When
drugs are taken together, then the effects become more complicated.
1. The drug or drugs
• When using an illegal drug like Tina, we never know
exactly what we’re consuming and the ingredients can include
• Sometimes a dealer will say
a drug is one thing but sell us something else.
It may look like the stuff from last time but it might be stronger
or have different ingredients.
• How a drug is taken
effects how quickly the drug ‘comes on,’ how intense
it feels and how long it lasts. Risks vary accordingly.
• Different drugs work differently in the body.
2. The individual
• The reason we are taking it (for sex; energy; to escape;
to feel good; to have fun, etc.).
• The mood we’re
in before we use (happy and OK with life; upset about something;
depressed; angry, etc.).
• Our experience with Tina
or other drugs. The extent of our use of Tina and to some extent,
other drugs will determine our tolerance.
• Our expectation
of what the drug will do to and for us. What do we anticipate?
What have we been told about how Tina will make us feel or what
it will make us do?
• Our physical health, size and
• Food consumption. When and how much
did we last eat?
• Other drugs in our system (alcohol,
prescriptions including HIV and other meds, other illegal drugs,
3. The environment
• The physical location where we do the drug (at home,
in a bathhouse, at a sex party, in the park, at a nightclub,
• Who we are with (alone; with friends; with
• Other environmental aspects like music
(happy / sad; upbeat / mellow) and lighting, and temperature.