Here is an interesting fact: MDMA (ecstasy) was used in relationship counselling in the 1970’s, and is currently being assessed for it's role in the treatment of PTSD. In fact there are still a number of therapists who are advocating for the right to use MDMA as a therapeutic aid to couples counselling. Many people say that MDMA helps them to connect with people more quickly and at more intimate or deeper level than they normally would and they list this among their primary reason for use.
However drug use can place a strain on relationships. In a survey conducted by Relationships Australia in 2008, 30% of respondents cited addiction as a factor impacting upon their relationship with their partner.
While drug dependence can obviously cause stress on a relationship, non dependent use of ATS can also impact upon relationships. It may be that the people around us, our family friends and partners, have different values about drugs and drug use. This can lead to conflict as people become concerned for us, even though you may be having a good time.
Some of us also report complications within our relationships arising directly from the effects of drug use itself including:
- Sexual dysfunction and/or changes in libido.
- Poor decisions made while intoxicated.
- Difficulty communicating effectively, or paranoia when coming down.
There are a range of services that can assist with relationships and communication including Relationships Australia. Relationships Australia can be contacted on 1300 364 277.