Understanding Chemsex: Essentials for Treating the Addictive Fusion of Drugs and Sex

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Training Details

Event Dates and Timeframe
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 11:00 AM until 12:30 PM
Location and Delivery Method
Delivery Method
Online / Web Delivered
Support Website
https://my.naadac.org/
Cost Range
FREE
Upon completing the webinar, click on the “Online CE Quiz” link above in the grey box to complete the online evaluation survey and CE quiz, and get your CE certificate. This link will be made available after the webinar takes place. NAADAC members will be prompted to register for the CE quiz for free, while non-members will be prompted to pay a $20 processing fee to access the quiz.

Host And Instructor

Host
National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC)
Instructor
David Fawcett PhD, LCSW
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Credits

C.E. Credit for NAADAC - The Association for Addiction Professionals: 1.50
To earn a CE Certificate for viewing this webinar, you must view the webinar in its entirety, complete the online evaluation, and pass the CE quiz. Upon completing the webinar, click on the “Online CE Quiz” link above in the grey box to complete the online evaluation survey and CE quiz, and get your CE certificate. This link will be made available after the webinar takes place. NAADAC members will be prompted to register for the CE quiz for free, while non-members will be prompted to pay a $20 processing fee to access the quiz. A score of 80% or higher is required to pass the CE quiz and access your CE certificate. You have 10 opportunities to pass the quiz. If you are unable to pass the quiz in the allocated number of tries, then you must retake the course. Upon passing the CE quiz, your CE certificate will be immediately available to download in your NAADAC profile.

Training Overview Description

Chemsex, the combined use of drugs in combination with sex, is a significant global problem, especially among men who have sex with men. Chemsex heightens confidence and sexual desire and numbs uncomfortable emotions such as shame, internalized homophobia, or loneliness. The intensity of drugs and sex hijack the brain’s reward circuitry, resetting the baseline level needed for arousal and fusing drug use and sex. Tolerance quickly results in escalating drug use, the need for more intense sexual encounters, and sexual dysfunction, greatly complicating recovery. This presentation illuminates the biological, cultural, and psychological impact of chemsex, and provides interventions and approaches that help clinicians support the client in reclaiming healthy, drug-free sex and intimacy.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to describe meth’s impact on the body and brain, including the fusion of substance intoxication and sexual behavior.

  • Participants will be able to demonstrate knowledge of best practices for chemsex treatment and the clinician’s role in promoting a sex positive approach, including reducing shame and stigma, to treat fused sex and drug use.

  • Participants will compile practical steps to help recovering chemsex users untangle drug use, sex and intimacy, thereby reclaiming healthy sexual behaviors and relationships.

Content Level

Beginner and Intermediate.

Beginning level courses introduce learners to a content area; include information about a condition, treatment method, or issue; and involve learning and comprehending content.
Intermediate level courses provide information that builds on knowledge practitioners with some experience already have. These courses focus on skill-building or adding knowledge, possibly following a brief overview of basic information, and involve using information in concrete situations and understanding the underlying structure of the material.

Event-specific Details

This training could be applied to multiple areas of the Alaska Qualified Addictions Professional (QAP) certification. Contact the Alaska Commission for Behavioral Health Certification (Ask for Dabney Van Liere, Executive Director) at 907-332-4333 or email acbhc@akcertification.org for specific information.