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Session 2: The Talking Wall

All of us have come to this treatment group to address problems

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having with crystal. A number of years ago, gay and bisexual men in San Francisco who were concerned about the growing impact of drugs, particularly crystal, on their communities started a conversation with the people who live in those communities. They called it The Talking W Along a busy city street, prevention workers constructed a large, blank, white board with colored markers for anyone who walked by to respond to this question: Why do we love crystal so much? The responses from the community, which expanded to comments about other drugs and alcohol,

were carefully copied onto notebooks and frequently to allow lots of people to speak to the

the board issue.

was

changed

Some people wrote silly things. Others wrote painful things. Some drew pictures. But the exercise showed that lots of people had strong feelings and beliefs about crystal and that it probably helped to air some of these in a public arena.

Today,

like you to spend some time doing the same exercise. W

provide you with what we think are important questions. W

give you a

place to write and markers to write with.

While you re doing this, keep it

fresh.

Write

about

your

feelings

and

thoughts

at

this

moment

without

judging them.

You may have reactions to the feelings and thoughts that

others write down. Listen to your own inner voice in comments, rather than being persuaded by what they what comes up for you inside.

response to their write. Write down

Each of these questions is intended for you to fill the boards/papers with

your thoughts, feelings, art, poems

ything that captures what

inside of

you. Spend 10 or 15 minutes responding to each of these questions.

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Session 2: The Talking Wall

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