This session presents both developmental and consequential sexuality issues associated with substance abuse and chemical dependency, many of which have been historically neglected both in treatment and recovery programs. Sexuality issues are identified in each stage of chemical dependency. An overview of the effects the major “drugs of abuse” follows, identifying important considerations for treatment and recovery. Strategies for relapse prevention are discussed, particularly around those sexuality issues typically not considered in most treatment planning and 12-Step recovery programs.
Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:
1. List four common sexuality issues typically seen in all phases of chemical dependency
2. Describe the effects of the major categories of “drugs of abuse” on sexuality in each of the phases of chemical dependency
3. Explain the difference between sexual issues as an underlying motivation for substance abuse compared with sexual issues that occur as a result of substance abuse
4. Discuss strategies for more effective recovery and relapse prevention in chemical dependency treatment as is relates to better addressing sexuality and sexual health issues.