It is the conversation that no one wants to have, but it is so essential to your recovery. Addiction not only impacts your social relationships, it also impacts your sexual health. If you are trying to find strategies to regain your sexual health when you are in addiction recovery, what can you expect and how can you improve your situation?
Sex is complicated. It is not just a matter of biology; your sexual health and satisfaction depend on how you feel as well. If you are not feeling good about yourself or you are used to relying on drugs or alcohol to get you to a place where you feel comfortable sexually, then it can be difficult to manage your sexual health during recovery. However, it is a very important part of recovery that cannot be overlooked. Why? According to Inderjeet Singh, drug addiction therapist, many “clients relapse with their choice of substance just because of their dissatisfaction in sexual life and experience.”
How can you move into recovery as a healthy sexual person? Past drug and alcohol use may have impacted your ability to enjoy intercourse or have intercourse. For example, in men, the use of some drugs can impact sexual health. Easy Health Options connects marijuana use to erectile dysfunction and the use of cocaine to “impaired or delayed ejaculation.” Heroin, cocaine, alcohol, and speedball can impair your ability to have an orgasm. The good news is that “after six months of treatment, sexual dysfunction showed some improvement: 61 percent of men had mild to moderate sexual dysfunction and 20 percent reported severe difficulties,” according to Easy Health Options.
When you are in recovery, your mind and your body are recovering from the toll of your addiction. If you have depended on drugs and alcohol to feel confident or excited when you have sex, then you are dealing with a double difficulty; your body and your mind may not be cooperative, and you could struggle with your sexual health.
How can you achieve better sexual health during your addiction recovery? You need to begin by addressing your personal health.
At Advanced Recovery Systems, we care about your whole self after rehab. Are you curious about how we can support you in your addiction recovery or how we can support a family member? Contact us today for more information.