Sex och narkotika : Mäns erfarenheter under uppbrottsprocessen från ett drogmissbruk

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Sex och narkotika : Mäns erfarenheter under uppbrottsprocessen från ett drogmissbruk
Author(s) Svensson, Bengt ; Skårner, Anette
Date 2014
English abstract
We have interviewed nineteen men with a history of problem drug use, about the effects of amphetamines and heroin on their sexuality and their intimate partner relations during and after the drug abuse. We also focus on how the experience of treatment affects thoughts about sexuality and sexual patterns of action afterwards. The theoretical foundation of this study is Patrick Biernacki’s (1986) model of the recovery process and John H. Gagnon and William Simon’s (2004) theory of sexual scripts, both of which are rooted in symbolic interactionism. The interviews confirm the impression from previous research that there is a tangible link between amphetamine and sex, while heroin addiction generally causes reduced sexual interest. A key finding of our study is that people leaving a problematic drug use often experience sexual problems in their new existence. The treatment that they have participated in has not given them the tools in the form of new sexual script to handle sexual situations, whether they are related to sexual experiences during the drug abuse or are of a more universal nature, connected with the ups and downs of the sexual desire that is part of the course of life for most people. Men who feel that using drugs improves their sex life could be at greater risk of relapse. However, even for those who have a stable abstinence, sexual problems can lead to reduced quality of life. Our conclusion is that sexuality, not least as a positive part of life, should play a greater part in the emotional processing of drug treatment.
Publisher FORSA
Host/Issue Socialvetenskaplig tidskrift;2
Volume 21
ISSN 1104-1420
Pages 94-113
Language swe (iso)
Subject(s) sexuality
drug abuse
amphetamine
heroin
men
exit processe
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/18361 (link to this page)

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