Drugs, Substance Abuse, Medicine & Sexuality


How do drugs and other substances affect sexual function?  How can sex therapy interventions help individuals and couples who experience side effects? Learn about the complex issue of addiction, the war on drugs, corporate interests and how your clients’ sexual lives are impacted.



Many drugs impact sexual function, including illegal, also called recreational drugs, and legal, prescription and over the counter drugs.  Many of these substances affect sexual desire, arousal, and function. Some function is psychosexual, some are physical, and some creates long-term and temporary side effects.  We touch on how drug companies create ongoing addiction problems and how the war on drugs may have created our war on sex and the new “sex addiction” culture in psychotherapy and the popular culture.

This course covers assessment, treatment, and effects of recreational and illicit drug abuse including street drugs and club drugs.  We discuss how these drugs both enhance sexual experiences and erotic sensation, but inhibit sexual function.  We will also cover long-term sexual recovery in abstinence and in sobriety.

Download the teleclass and listen at your convenience. 


“Thank you. I can’t tell you how much your class has already improved my work…and it has only been a week.” – Tamara Pincus, Virginia


Taught by:  Dr. Tammy Nelson

Designed for:   Any professional, clinical and/or medical personnel looking for an assessment and treatment model that works for individuals and/or couples dealing with substance abuse and sex.

Course includes:  A three-part recorded teleclass and reading material.  Each part is one hour in length.

3 AASECT CEs** Available in these Core Knowledge Areas (CKAs):  

Sex Education:  B, H, I, L

Sex Therapy:   B, C, D

Certified Sex and Couples Therapist (CSCT): Category 1c, 1d

You must complete a Feedback Form and pass a short quiz at the conclusion of the course to get CE credit. Please email your Feedback Form and quiz to tammynelssonasst@gmail.com


Meet your instructor: 


i-FKjNMdQ-MDr. Tammy Nelson is a sex and relationship expert, an international speaker, an author and a licensed psychotherapist with over 25 years of experience working with individuals and couples, is in private practice and teaches seminars and workshops around the world for couples and professionals.  She is a Board Certified Sexologist, a Certified Sex Therapist, a Licensed Professional Counselor, and a Certified Imago Relationship therapist.  She is an invited speaker at Harvard Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance Physicians Organization and at the University of California, Irvine.   She speaks worldwide on global relational change.


**This program meets the educational requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 3 CE credits – asynchronous. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification. For further information please contact info@aasect.org or go to www.AASECT.org.  Please contact your local certifying organization for detailed information on courses they accept for CEs.