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Sex and drugs: effects of addiction on sexuality

Sex and drugs always seem to be a hot topic in the media and in almost all social circles, but the reality of the situation is that sex and drugs can have serious and lifelong consequences for those who engage in it. such behaviors simultaneously. There are always inherent risks associated with drug abuse, and unfortunately there are also serious risks associated with sex. This is true for each behavior independently, and is significantly exacerbated when the two are combined.

Some people may claim that sex and drugs “feel good” together, and for some this may temporarily be true. The fact is, however, that this suggestion involves drug use, a major health, legal, and moral dilemma in the United States. Furthermore, most drugs of abuse are highly addictive, posing a serious problem for the short- and long-term sexual health of the addict.

Ultimately, when drug abuse leads to addiction and sex is involved, the already inherent risks of both actions are greatly amplified and could have lifelong consequences for those who engage in these behaviors. This can include unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, rape and sexual assault, prostitution, and other violent crimes. If you are having sex and have a drug problem, then you are at serious risk and need to take immediate action to get help now. Sexuality is too important a human function to risk permanently damaging it.

Libido: the main impact of sex and drugs

Do you think that using drugs will increase your libido? Think again.

One of the most common misconceptions about sex and drugs is that a person’s libido can be increased by abusing various substances. While this may be true for certain supplements and pharmaceutical drugs, it is not at all true for street drugs, including ecstasy. (Ecstasy deserves special mention because many people see it as a sex-enhancing drug, but these effects usually wear off fairly quickly, leaving the user with no interest in sex or unable to perform or reach orgasm.) There are three main reasons why drugs negatively affect a person’s libido:

1.) Emotional distress and other stress related to substance abuse

When occasional drug use or drinking leads to addiction, sex is almost always affected. People with drug or drinking problems often struggle with emotional disorders such as depression or bipolar disorder. While drug use appears to allow a form of self-medication, it actually only makes pre-existing conditions worse. Also, because drug abuse has associated moral, professional, and legal taboos, there is a great deal of stress associated with drug use.

Because stress lowers the average person’s libido, it’s perfectly logical to argue that drug and alcohol abuse will ultimately have a negative effect on human sexuality.

2.) Drug seeking and using is a time-consuming and tiring behavior

Most people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol spend a significant portion of their time, perhaps all of their time, finding drugs, actively using them, hiding their drug use, and generating income (often illegally) to support their habit . All of this is time consuming and, unless the drug user’s partner is also using drugs, most of these behaviors will necessarily have to occur away from any non-using partners. And because drug use itself is so exhausting and often leads to “blacking out,” sexual opportunity and desire can decrease significantly.

3.) The physical effects of drugs can cause sexual problems

Some drugs cause physical problems that can make it difficult or impossible to have sex. This can range from something as benign as not being able to achieve an erection as a result of alcohol use, to a complete lack of physical sensitivity, to other serious issues such as pulmonary distress associated with opiate use or paranoia/fear associated with opioid use. of marijuana. Serious problems like these can make it impossible to function normally sexually.

Sex and drugs lead to high-risk sexual behavior

Addiction and alcoholism are often breeding grounds for risky sexual behavior.

Just attend any AA or NA meeting and you’ll hear countless horror stories related to sex and drugs. Because the drive for sex is almost as powerful in a nonaddict as the drive for drugs is in some drug addicts, the two behaviors can often mix with harmful consequences including:

*Unwanted pregnancies

Reduced inhibitions as a result of drug or alcohol abuse often coincide with making unwise sexual decisions, such as choosing not to use a condom or other contraception. And when drug-addicted women become pregnant, the person who suffers the most is often the fetus. This is evidenced by recent reports that babies born addicted to drugs have skyrocketed in the United States in recent years. This is because many women who are addicted do not seek prenatal care and instead continue to use drugs during their pregnancy without medical assistance. Ultimately, women in this situation who carry their babies to term (often they don’t) put their child at risk of being born addicted.

In many cases, babies born addicted to drugs are separated from their mothers and placed in the care of the state. The mothers can face criminal charges that can result in years behind bars.

*Sexually transmitted diseases

STDs spread rapidly through the addict and drug addict communities. Reduced inhibitions, desperation, unsanitary conditions, and more can lead to an environment where drug users are significantly more likely to contract an STD than people who don’t use drugs and have sex. And because many STDs are incurable, even one occasion of mixing sex and drugs or sex and alcohol can lead to a lifetime of medical complications.

*Prostitution

Drug addiction is expensive. Many addicts spiral into a hole created when they deplete their savings, sell their belongings, and then start stealing from others to support their habit. But for some people, these actions are not an option, or there is no one left in their lives to steal from. This makes it all too easy to turn to prostitution to continue buying and using drugs.

Prostitution also carries a natural increase in the rate of transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, unwanted pregnancies, and sexual and drug-related crimes.

Sex, Drugs and Violence

Happens. Much.

When people mix sex and drugs or sex and alcohol, things often go terribly wrong. While this could be any of the things discussed above, it could also be any number of violent sexual acts or behaviors. This is especially true for addicts who engage in promiscuity or prostitution to feed their drug addictions.

People who use drugs are much more susceptible to rape and sexual assault. Because drugs are involved, it is easy to become incapacitated and take advantage of them. And as a result of the illegal nature of drugs, many victims are too afraid to report the crime because they fear the repercussions themselves. In addition, there is an unfortunate tendency on the part of law enforcement and others to dismiss or dismiss reports of sex crimes against drug addicts or alcoholics.

In a large number of cases, sexual harm from rape or other sexual assault can complicate things for years, or even permanently. This is important for current drug addicts to consider, because these problems are likely to be present long after they have stopped using drugs and achieved sobriety.

Sexual assault and sexual violence against drug users is not gender-specific: both men and women become promiscuous, engage in prostitution, and possibly become victims of sexual assault. When it comes to drugs, the dangers are always much more important.

Long-term consequences of sex and drugs

If you engage in these behaviors, you could affect your sexual health for life.

When it comes to sex and drugs, the risks just don’t justify the vague benefits people are sold for continuing this type of lifestyle. In effect, a person could permanently ruin their sexual health, even if they only used drugs for a short time. The following are the four most prominent long-term consequences of sex and drug abuse:

1.) Disease

Sexually transmitted diseases such as herpes, hepatitis and AIDS have no cure. Addicts who contract these illnesses will be forced to deal with them for the rest of their lives. This is a serious consideration for people who are addicted now and keep saying that “one day” they will quit. That one day might be a day too late.

2.) Injury

Sexual assault and other sexual violence can result in permanent injuries that can affect a person’s sexuality.

3.) Sexual disconnection

Years of drug abuse and sex can desensitize a person to the point that sex while sober is no longer appealing. Additionally, sexual trauma or other bad experiences during periods of active drug use can cause severe emotional damage that can make it difficult for a person to approach another person in a healthy sexual way.

4.) Loss of an important relationship

Promiscuity, prostitution, and infidelity during active drug use can lead to the loss of an important romantic and sexual relationship that you may not be able to repair once you are sober. Also, drug use alone is usually enough to end a relationship, so if you have someone you care about now and you’re still using drugs, maybe it’s time to stop before you lose them. .

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