Meth & Sex
Meth and Sex
Methamphetamine is considered a sexual enhancement drug by many users. People who use methamphetamine to enhance sex report that meth altered sex results in:
  • Freer sexual expression & exploration
  • Sex without guilt or shame
  • Focus on sex without distraction
  • More passionate or better “chemistry”
  • Longer lasting sex
  • Greater connection to the body / erogenous zones
Methamphetamine both heightens sexual pleasure and decreases inhibitions. As a result, users will often engage in sexual situations that they would not normally. Multiple sex partners, group sex, fetish exploration and marathon sex encounters lasting many hours or even several days are typical with individuals who use meth to intensify sex.

Less condom use and more high risk behavior result in substantially higher rates of HIV and other STD’s. HIV infection rates among meth using men who have sex with men are much greater than among gay and bisexual men who don’t use meth.

While some meth users may discover the sex enhancing properties of meth after they are experienced users, many are introduced to meth during a sexual encounter, and are thus initiated into the meth/sex subculture.

Because sex on meth is so different than conventional sex, users often find it difficult to connect with non-using sex partners. Consequently, they seek out each other to have these uniquely intense sexual experiences together. Often, the association between meth and sex becomes so deeply conditioned that users find it difficult to have sex without the drug (which is often an obstacle to recovery). Often meth addicts in early recovery will choose to abstain from sex until the foundation of their sobriety is strong enough to cope with the feelings that come up when they first attempt sober sex. Early attempts at sober sex are often described as boring, brief, awkward and unfulfilling. For some, there is also a great deal of anxiety, fear and vulnerability. It is important for recovering meth users to rediscover sex, and to understand that it will take time for sober sex to become comfortable and fulfilling.

Sexually compulsive individuals are often drawn to methamphetamine because of its sex enhancing properties. When working with clients who use meth for sex, it is useful to explore their sexual history before their meth use in order to identify any preexisting sexual issues that meth is merely facilitating or amplifying. These individuals are unlikely to succeed in treatment unless their sex issues are concurrently addressed.