There is a large and growing subgroup of drug users who also engage in problematic sexual behavior. You will be surprised to know that here in the Philippines, in our rather conservative, predominantly Catholic society, drug-fueled sex parties are more common than you think.
In fact, just months ago, news outlets reported a police raid in Taguig uncovered a drug and sex orgy den, which resulted to the arrest of 11 individuals, most of whom are professionals. This just shows that stimulant drugs and sex often go so tightly together.
Stimulant Drug Abuse and Sex
For example, one heterosexual male will rent a hotel room and will binge on cocaine and even have other sex enhancing drugs. Then he will have prostitutes come over and they will all engage in sex for hours. There are also instances where there are sex clubs attended by people of different sexual orientations and take stimulant drugs to enhance their drive and experience.
Stimulant drug abuse and problematic sexual behavior, even sex addiction, can become co-existing and complementary behaviors. This makes it hard to address one without also treating the other.
People with this so-called double addiction could often write off their deviant sexual behavior as only happening when they’re using drugs. They would also often enter rehabilitation facilities only for abuse of cocaine, methamphetamine, or other party drugs such as ecstasy. This results to a history of chronic relapse.
When people with an extensive history of stimulant drug abuse and are engaging in problematic sexual behavior, they have two problems that must be addressed in a simultaneous and complementary fashion. Otherwise, they will relapse. While they could be clean from cocaine, for example, they could engage in orgies or other deviant sexual behavior and soon enough, this could lead them to go back to their drug abuse as well. This is because the person simply can’t do one without the other. That is the way habits, as well as addiction, work. In this case, it’s a double addiction.
Treatment for these cases should involve integrated and holistic programs that help them deal with their compulsions, which are the root of relapse. At Bridges of Hope, we help people struggling with co-occurring disorders to overcome these.
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