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Sexual Side Effects of Stimulant Abuse

Sexual-Side-Effects-of-Stimulant-AbuseDrug abuse and dependence in New York or Princeton can permeate every aspect of your life, both professional and personal. Stimulant drugs in particular are known for their impact on sexuality—continued use of cocaine and methamphetamine can change your sex life drastically, though these effects may change with the quantity and frequency of use.

Many strategies can help you separate stimulant use from sex, but you’ll first need to learn if sex is something that has been affected by stimulant addiction. Though your addiction specialist can help you determine if your drug abuse or dependence is linked to sex (and how to cope with the problem if it is), it may also help to learn how these drugs affect your sex life and assess the potential problem on your own.

Stimulants and Sexual Dysfunction

When people begin using cocaine or methamphetamine, they often experience a boost in their sexual performance, largely due to increased desires, reduced inhibitions and greater endurance. Male users in particular tend to have a heightened sex drive and may even experiment with different sexual experiences due to lowered inhibitions.

However, chronic cocaine use can eventually have a very different effect. Male users who take high doses of cocaine or continue using long-term frequently experience erectile dysfunction, while both genders can suffer from anorgasmia, or the inability to have an orgasm. These sexual problems become more common when cocaine use becomes more frequent or large amounts are used.

Unfortunately, the heightened sexual desires do not go away. This means that many cocaine users end up frustrated by an inability to satisfy mental arousal and fantasies. Though many continue to have strong sexual desires, lack of physical arousal may make sexual contact nonexistent.

Such sexual dysfunction is much rarer in those who use methamphetamine, but those who do experience it tend to have even more dramatic problems. Even when stimulant use does not inhibit sexual function, sex and the substance can become so interwoven that it becomes impossible to have a healthy sex life without drugs.

If you believe that stimulant drug abuse or dependence in New York or Princeton may have affected your sexual function, be open about the problems you’re experiencing with your addiction specialist. These issues are nothing to be ashamed of and are quite common in those recovering from stimulant addiction. You can work to return your sex life to normal as part of your substance abuse treatment program.

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