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Recorded on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 

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Chemsex, the combined use of drugs in combination with sex, is a significant global problem, especially among men who have sex with men. Chemsex heightens confidence and sexual desire and numbs uncomfortable emotions such as shame, internalized homophobia, or loneliness. The intensity of drugs and sex hijack the brain’s reward circuitry, resetting the baseline level needed for arousal and fusing drug use and sex. Tolerance quickly results in escalating drug use, the need for more intense sexual encounters, and sexual dysfunction, greatly complicating recovery. This presentation illuminates the biological, cultural, and psychological impact of chemsex, and provides interventions and approaches that help clinicians support the client in reclaiming healthy, drug-free sex and intimacy.


David Fawcett, PhD, LCSW, is Vice President for Clinical Programming at Seeking Integrity which develops and operates treatment programs for sex, porn and chemsex addiction. He specializes in stimulant use disorder and sexual behavior, and is the author of the award-winning book, Lust, Men, and Meth: A Gay Man’s Guide to Sex and Recovery. In 2020, he has presented for NAADAC, the Cape Cod Symposium, WCSAD, and many others, including keynotes for CCAPP and Finding Freedom. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2018 NALGAP President’s Award. Most recently he co-produced Crystal City, a 90-minute documentary that follows the struggles and successes of eight gay men in recovery from crystal meth in New York.

Learning Objectives
  • Participants will be able to describe meth’s impact on the body and brain, including the fusion of substance intoxication and sexual behavior.
  • Participants will be able to demonstrate knowledge of best practices for chemsex treatment and the clinician’s role in promoting a sex positive approach, including reducing shame and stigma, to treat fused sex and drug use.
  • Participants will compile practical steps to help recovering chemsex users untangle drug use, sex and intimacy, thereby reclaiming healthy sexual behaviors and relationships.
Content Level

Beginner and Intermediate.

  • Beginning level courses introduce learners to a content area; include information about a condition, treatment method, or issue; and involve learning and comprehending content.
  • Intermediate level courses provide information that builds on knowledge practitioners with some experience already have. These courses focus on skill-building or adding knowledge, possibly following a brief overview of basic information, and involve using information in concrete situations and understanding the underlying structure of the material.

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This course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Who Should Attend

Addiction professionals, employee assistance professionals, social workers, mental health counselors, professional counselors, psychologists, and other helping professionals that are interested in learning about addiction-related matters. 


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