Understanding ChemSex

  • Number of students: 1
  • Instructor: David Fawcett
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Description

Chemsex, the use of methamphetamine, GHB/GBL and other drugs in combination with sexual behaviors, is a significant global problem, especially among men who have sex with men (MSM). It is one of the most significant factors affecting new HIV infections and poor antiretroviral medication adherence. Chemsex instills confidence and a sense of interpersonal connection, along with heightened sexual desire. It also is an effective way of numbing uncomfortable emotions such as shame, internalized homophobia or loneliness. The combined intensity of stimulants, sex, and porn hijack the brain’s reward circuitry, effectively resetting the baseline level needed for both sexual arousal and performance. When used to enhance sexual behavior, these drugs create a lasting fusion between the intoxicated state and sexual behaviors. Once fused, tolerance quickly develops resulting in escalating drug use, the need for more intense sexual encounters, and sexual dysfunction. If such fusion has occurred, abstinence from the drugs often results in a loss of sexual desire. 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.

  1. Attendees will describe meth’s impact on the body and brain, including the fusion of substance intoxication and sexual behavior.
  2. Attendees will 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.
  3. Attendees will compile practical steps to help recovering chemsex users untangle drug use, sex and intimacy, thereby reclaiming healthy sexual behaviors and relationships.

Once you have registered, you need to view the materials for this workshop. Begin with the curriculum/agenda and then view the video beginning with the name "Home Study" followed by the name of the class. Other videos are available for you to view and will add to your knowledge. There are also resource documents with each workshop.

When you have completed viewing the videos and reviewing the resource documents, you may take the Assessment test for your workshop. Many workshops have two parts but may be taken individually for credit and are broken down for that purpose.

If you pass the assessment test, you may then request your certificate as the next step.

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Understanding ChemSex
  • Agenda - Understanding ChemSex
  • Home Study - Understanding ChemSex (Video)
  • PDF Presentation - Understanding ChemSex
  • When “Chems” Meet Sex: A Rising Phenomenon Called “ChemSex”
  • Pufall et al sexualized drug use
  • Assessment - Understanding ChemSex
  • Evaluation - Understanding ChemSex
  • Home Study Complete

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Once you have registered for the workshop, you need to view the materials and resources made available for each workshop. Begin with the curriculum and then view the video beginning with the name "Home Study" followed by the name of the class. Other videos are available for you to view and will add to your knowledge. There are also resource documents with each workshop.

When you have completed viewing the videos and reviewing the resource documents, you may take the Assessment test for your workshop. Many workshops have two parts but may be taken individually for credit and are broken down for that purpose.

If you pass the assessment test, you may then request your certificate as the next step.

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Price

Plan Name Price
1 Day: Free

Instructor

David Fawcett

David Fawcett PhD, LCSW is a social worker and clinical sexologist who has worked in addictions and mental health for over three decades. Since 2000 he has specialized in treating fused drug use and sexual behavior (“chemsex”) and has become a leading authority on achieving both chemsex sobriety and integrating healthy sex and intimacy in recovery.  He is the author of Lust, Men, and Meth: A Gay Man’s Guide to Sex and Recovery (Healing Path Press 2016) which explores the intersection of gay men, drug use, and high-risk sexual behavior. He is also Vice President for Clinical Programming at Seeking Integrity LLC where he, in collaboration with Dr. Rob Weiss, develops and operates treatment programs for sex and porn addiction and chemsex. Seeking Integrity currently operates a program in Los Angeles. David is highly-regarded trainer and is the producer of the podcast “Sex, Love, and Addiction: Healing Conversations for Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Men” In 2018, David co-produced the award-winning documentary Crystal City which follows the journeys of several men in recovery from chemsex in New York.

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Chemsex, the use of methamphetamine, GHB/GBL and other drugs in combination with sexual behaviors, is a significant global problem, especially among men who have sex with men (MSM). It is one of the most significant factors affecting new HIV infections and poor antiretroviral medication adherence. Chemsex instills confidence and a sense of interpersonal connection, along with heightened sexual desire. It also is an effective way of numbing uncomfortable emotions such as shame, internalized homophobia or loneliness. The combined intensity of stimulants, sex, and porn hijack the brain’s reward circuitry, effectively resetting the baseline level needed for both sexual arousal and performance. When used to enhance sexual behavior, these drugs create a lasting fusion between the intoxicated state and sexual behaviors. Once fused, tolerance quickly develops resulting in escalating drug use, the need for more intense sexual encounters, and sexual dysfunction. If such fusion has occurred, abstinence from the drugs often results in a loss of sexual desire. 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.

  1. Attendees will describe meth’s impact on the body and brain, including the fusion of substance intoxication and sexual behavior.
  2. Attendees will 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.
  3. Attendees will compile practical steps to help recovering chemsex users untangle drug use, sex and intimacy, thereby reclaiming healthy sexual behaviors and relationships.

Once you have registered, you need to view the materials for this workshop. Begin with the curriculum/agenda and then view the video beginning with the name "Home Study" followed by the name of the class. Other videos are available for you to view and will add to your knowledge. There are also resource documents with each workshop.

When you have completed viewing the videos and reviewing the resource documents, you may take the Assessment test for your workshop. Many workshops have two parts but may be taken individually for credit and are broken down for that purpose.

If you pass the assessment test, you may then request your certificate as the next step.

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