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Designing and facilitating a positive sexual health workshop for Chemsex dependent men in a residential addiction treatment setting.

Wednesday 17th November 2021
Written by Mike Power- Addiction counsellor

A Chemsex programs' main emphasis should be to explore sober sex as well as the meaning of positive sexual health and well-being. What is that going to look like in practice? Well, it will look slightly different for each individual, and there is really no right or wrong way of going about it. It does not matter if someone likes to enjoy casual sex, kinks, or has got to a stage in their life where they might enjoy dating or is perhaps looking for a solid relationship. What is important is how each person will manage their sex life in a way that is conducive to positive emotional, mental, physical, and sexual…

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Similarities and the differences of stimulant Induced hypersexual behaviour’s in Homosexual and Heterosexual men.

Sunday 14th November 2021
Written by Mike Power- Addiction counsellor

There is a lot documentation about Chemsex for men who have sex with men but do we focus enough on the heterosexual Male counterparts that present with a sex-drug fusion? In addiction treatment many of the heterosexual men that we see will not talk about their drug induced sexual behaviour's for fear judgement from their fellow peers or their own internalized shame that…

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An exploration of four life course interviews from gay men who have experienced meth Induced psychosis. Is trauma a predisposing factor?

Saturday 13th November 2021
Written by Mike Power- Addiction counsellor

The phenomenon of sexualised drug use has been described as the perfect storm for sexually transmitted infections (Kirby and Thornber-Dunwell, 2013) and the research is increasingly focused on the negative effects on sexual activity, with very little focus on mental health and, in particular, the percentage of men who have sex with men induced with psychotic symptoms associated with crystal methamphetamine. What Is Meth Psychosis? During meth-induced psychosis, a person may develop symptoms of delusions, hallucinations, paranoia, and violent behaviour. This state may make it difficult for an individual to separate their own perceptions from reality. Additionally, it can also make them dangerous to their own selves or those around them. A person who abuses meth recreationally is two to three times more…

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An Explorations Of Societal Factors That May Influence A LGBTQ Person’s Belief System

Friday 5th November 2021
Written by Mike Power- Addiction counsellor

Commonly, treatment puts an increased emphasis on growing up in a family system with the primary focus being the beliefs that an individual gradually forms are due to the dysfunction of a family system. This can be significantly helpful in understanding the developmental stages of a person's life which will often be influenced by growing up in an alcoholic family, when the parents get divorced, the death of one of the parents, and even domestic violence within the house; these factors play an integral role in effecting an individual's belief system. Similarly, family belief systems as well…

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Is chemsex the same as sex addiction?

Monday 31st May 2021
*Mike Power*

The question above is crucial to our discourse because of the generic assumptions that anyone who practices Chemsex also has a sex addiction problem. Chemsex is often conceptualized as sex addiction by some clinicians who will often use the Patrick Carnes model of sex addiction to treat Chemsex dependency. More so, there are similarities between both formulations has both dependencies make an individual hypersexual in their behavior. The risk levels for both practices are high as both share an inability to see the link between actions and consequences (Stuart Fenton, 2019) Despite the relationship between the behaviors of a person who is a sex addict…

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The Benefits Of Interpersonal Group Therapy for LGBT clinet In Residential Addiction Treatment

Friday 28th May 2021
Mike Power

An exploration of the benefits of Irvin Yalom eleven therapeutic factors in Interpersonal group therapy for LGBT clients In addiction treatment As part of the therapeutic curriculum, interpersonal, group therapy is a significant part of treatment under the Irvin Yalom group therapy model. Yalom was a pioneer in the field of existential psychotherapy. Existential psychotherapy emphasizes on relevant mental health problems in relation to existential struggles such as the phobia of dying, inability to attain freedom, and the fear of loneliness. Hence, it can be said that existential psychotherapy focuses on three basic problems that all individuals struggle with i.e. Isolation,…

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Rehab moments

Tuesday 18th May 2021
Mike Power

Transgenerational Trauma Of The Aids Epidemic

Tuesday 11th May 2021

The gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people lost to AIDS are our history: they might have been our friends, mentors, lovers or even family. They might have been there as we struggled with shame and self-loathing growing up, and might have been able to let us understand that we aren't alone or abnormal. Gay men may no longer be dying of AIDS — we know how to prevent and manage HIV infection — but the psychological scars of the epidemic are still with us. We need to start having honest conversations about them. If…

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Barriers to effective treatment adherence for HIV and Pre-exposure prophylaxis use among men who have sex with men who have experienced problematic Chemsex.

Monday 10th May 2021
Mike Power

Barriers to effective treatment adherence for HIV and Pre-exposure prophylaxis use among men who have sex with men who have experienced problematic Chemsex What is Chemsex? "Chemsex" is used in the United Kingdom to describe intentional sex under the influence of psychoactive drugs, mostly among…

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