Whilst films often depict using drugs as a way to expand and spice up your sex life, a new study has found women recovery from drug abuse in fact struggle with sexual experiences.
Women in the study used drugs like cocaine to heighten their sex lives in ways like boosting their confidence and self-esteem then subsequently found they struggled to have sex without drugs.
"For the women in our study," researchers write, "the transition from the subcultural drug context into a life without drugs presents a real challenge, especially in managing to decipher the rules and expectations in sexual matters. Basically, this includes everything from flirting to post-coital behavior. Being unaccustomed to managing the different codes in sexually charged situations can create confusion and insecurity and ultimately threaten the individual's sexual confidence and self-esteem."
Many felt ashamed of their sexual behaviour on drugs and consequently fearful of sex and the expectation of their partner. One woman in the study even said she felt both she felt "terrified" and "damaged" about sex.
Broadly spoke to Anette Skårner, study author and professor at University of Gothenburg, Sweden about the findings: "Our results point to the fact that there is a need among the women to gain perspective on and to process the sexual experiences from their previous lives as drug users" she says. "Despite the strong connection between drugs and sexuality, there is a gap of knowledge when it comes to the role and meaning of sexuality during this process."