ChemSex - Addiction Treatment Program
Has it been years since you’ve had sex without substances?
ChemSex is commonly known as the use of any combination of drugs, specifically but not limited to crystal methamphetamines, mephedrone (cathenones), and/or GBH/GBL for the purpose of enhancing sexual experiences. Other substances that are commonly involved are Viagra, alcohol, ketamine, cocaine, and amyl/akyl nitrates. This is particularly prevalent with men who have sex with men.
While opinions on this topic can vary, there are several concerns and potential risks associated with chemsex that have been raised by healthcare professionals, researchers, and public health experts. These can range from general health and sexual health risks as well as the mental health impact and chemical dependency.
The Matrix Program provides a 10-week, abstinence based addiction treatment program for men who have experienced challenges whilst engaging in Chemsex.
The Matrix ChemSex treatment program provides a safe, confidential, non-judgemental space for individuals who are wanting to disengage from depending on chems for sexual intimacy.
The 10 week group program is facilitated by healthcare professionals such as psychologists, nurses and counsellors who have experience working with individuals dealing with substance use and mental health challenges.
The program asks participants to be abstinent from substances for the duration of the program and abstinent from sexual practices for the first 4 weeks of the program. This provides an opportunity for participants to understand absorb the content of the program and practice the content.
The goals of the ChemSex treatment program include:
- Harm Reduction: Education on the risks associated with ChemSex, including the potential for addiction, mental health challenges, physical health complications, and increased vulnerability to sexually transmitted infections.
- Emotional Support: Provide a supportive environment where participants can openly discuss their experiences, challenges, and concerns related to ChemSex.
- Skill Building: Offer tools and strategies to help individuals make informed decisions and reduce the harm associated with ChemSex. This may involve safe sex practices, establishing boundaries, and developing coping mechanisms.
- Psychoeducation: Provide education about the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects that may arise from ChemSex, including the impact of drugs on sexual behaviour, mental health, and relationships. Group members will also learn about healthy sexuality, consent, and communication skills.
- Access to Resources: Connect participants with relevant resources to aid in their recovery. These can include sexual health clinics, addiction treatment services, mental health support, and other community agencies that may be relevant.
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References: Stuart, D. (2019). What is chemsex? https://davidstuart.org/what-is-chemsex