Drug Use and High-Risk Sexual Behaviors

Category : Sex Addiction Information

Drug Use and High-Risk Sexual BehaviorsDrug abuse can lead anyone to make decisions that would never normally be made. While drugs and alcohol can be a diversion from reality for a short period of time, the decisions people make while intoxicated can have life-long consequences. If drug use and high-risk sexual behaviors have impacted your life, help is available.

What Is High-Risk Sexual Behavior?

High-risk sexual behavior has nothing to do with motorcycle rides, bungee jumping or diving out of airplanes. High-risk sexual behavior is any sexual behavior that may put you or someone you love at risk for sexually transmitted diseases, unwanted pregnancy, or dangerous situations that are beyond your control.

High-risk sexual behavior may increase your chances of experiencing trauma, increase the likelihood of serious addiction issues, and also increase your risk of contracting dangerous, uncomfortable and even deadly diseases.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Drug Use

Individuals who abuse drugs and engage in unprotected sex need to be aware of the risks of sexually transmitted diseases. Some of the most common STDs include the following:

  • HIV/AIDS: An autoimmune disease that impairs the body’s ability to fight disease and will result in death if not treated.
  • Chlamydia: A painful bacterial infection of the genitals
  • Trichomaniasis: A parasite infection that causes pain and discharge from genitals
  • Gonorrhea: A bacterial infection that causes bloody discharge
  • Herpes: A highly contagious viral disease that results in itchy red bumps and sores
  • HPV/Genital Warts: Viral warts that may grow in clusters or alone and can lead to cervical cancer in women
  • Hepatitis: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C are all viral infections that can lead to serious illness and liver failure.
  • Syphilis: A bacterial infection that can cause sores, neurological issues, and heart complications and can be passed on to an unborn child.

If drug use has left you incapacitated or blacked out for any period of time at all, it is absolutely imperative that you get tested for STDs as soon as possible. There are ways to prevent some of these diseases if you seek treatment within 24 hours after any high-risk sexual behavior.

If it has been more than 24 hours since you engaged in any high-risk sexual activity, you still want to get tested for any STDs. The sooner you seek treatment, the more likely it is that you will be able to be treated and possibly cured.

Drug Use and Sexual Assault

Often, drug use creates very dangerous situations. People in the midst of alcohol or drug addiction can find themselves unaware of what is going on around them, potentially meeting people they would not normally meet, or engaging in intimate behavior with strangers.

Women are particularly vulnerable to violence, assault and rape while they are intoxicated. Women who struggle with addiction often suffer these terrible crimes and must deal with the trauma and PTSD that occurs once an assault happens. This terrible trauma often brings on more drug and alcohol use, as women try to numb the pain of their memories.

Please seek help for addiction before your situation becomes more dangerous. Your life depends on it.

Help for Drug Addiction

We offer a toll-free helpline for individuals and families impacted by drug abuse and alcoholism. Our admissions counselors are available 24 hours a day to help you find a specialty treatment program that fits your needs. Because we work with a wide network of fully licensed rehab facilities in the US, we can help match you to the best services, interventionists and counselors covered under your insurance policy or within your budget.