PurposeWhilst chemsex is a relatively new phenomenon, trauma is not. Freud borrowed the word from physical medicine, where it was used to describe tissue damage, and applied it, for the first time, as a metaphor to a psychological process by which the protective functioning of the mind can too be pierced and wounded by events. The chemsex environment hosts a myriad of potentially traumatising scenarios and experiences, though perhaps disguised as exhilaration or excitement. The paper aims to discuss these issues.Design/methodology/approachThe paper is a practitioner’s experience.FindingsThese experiences piled on top of childhood experiences of being “less than” for being gay, can be responsible for widespread undiagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among those who engage in chemsex. This paper explores this possibility and offers solutions.Originality/valueCompounded trauma and PTSD symptoms amongst MSM who engage in chemsex has to date, not been researched.
Drugs and Alcohol Today – Emerald Publishing
Published: Mar 4, 2019