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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for specific information.