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Too painful to think about: chemsex and trauma

Too painful to think about: chemsex and trauma 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. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Drugs and Alcohol Today Emerald Publishing

Too painful to think about: chemsex and trauma

Drugs and Alcohol Today , Volume 19 (1): 7 – Mar 4, 2019

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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1745-9265
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10.1108/DAT-11-2018-0067
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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.

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Drugs and Alcohol TodayEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 4, 2019

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