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Chemsex is the paired use of drugs, particularly methamphetamine, and sexual behavior. The term “chemsex” was coined in the UK to refer to gay men who struggle with stimulant drugs and sex, and use of the word has spread to the US. That said, gay men are not the only individuals who pair substance use with sexual activity.

What Do You Call Your Addiction?

Chemsex addicts sometimes identify as both sex addicts and drug/meth addicts, but not always, and sometimes they identify as neither, choosing instead to call themselves chemsex addicts. At Seeking Integrity, we don’t argue about the terminology. Our goal is to help individuals who consistently and compulsively pair substance use/abuse with sexual activity. For these individuals, the pairing often becomes a single, fused behavior. If they’re doing one, they’re doing the other. And when that fused behavior spirals out of control, we’re here to help.

Many chemsex addicts have tried and failed to quit drugs numerous times. Often, they’ve been to treatment for drug addiction, sometimes more than once. Unfortunately, treatment for drug addiction addresses only half of the chemsex issue. And after treatment these individuals find themselves relapsing again and again – almost always in relation to their search for the same type of sexual intensity they got when they were using meth (or other drugs) and being sexual.

Treating Both Halves of the Addiction

Whatever form the chemsex pattern takes, the pairing of substance use with sexual behaviors can become a serious issue requiring specialized treatment, as offered by Seeking Integrity. If you think you or a loved one may be struggling with chemsex behaviors, we suggest you take this anonymous 25-question substance use and sexual disorders screening test. You can also contact us with questions via email or phone us at (747) 234-4325 (HEAL).

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