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What is sober sex and how to achieve it?

Remziye Kunelaki (Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK)

Drugs and Alcohol Today

ISSN: 1745-9265

Article publication date: 7 January 2019

Issue publication date: 21 February 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide the first definition of sober sex and recommendations for health care professionals who work therapeutically with patients who struggle with intimacy after experiencing chemsex.

Design/methodology/approach

The recommendations are based on the clinical experience of a psychosexual therapist working with men having sex with men (MSM) in a Sexual Health clinic in central London.

Findings

The paper concludes that having a clear definition of sober sex and specific tools, such as healthy masturbation exercise, could prove helpful for health professionals who work with this cohort of patients.

Originality/value

This paper provides the first definition of sober sex and a clear set of guidelines for health professionals based on the clinical experience of the author.

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Citation

Kunelaki, R. (2019), "What is sober sex and how to achieve it?", Drugs and Alcohol Today, Vol. 19 No. 1, pp. 29-35. https://doi.org/10.1108/DAT-11-2018-0064

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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