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'Better safe than sorry': Women’s stories of sex and intimate relationships on the path out of drug abuse

Journal article
Authors Anette Skårner
Sven-Axel Månsson
Bengt Svensson
Published in Sexualities
Volume 20
Issue 3
Pages 324-343
ISSN 1363-4607
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Social Work
Pages 324-343
Language en
Keywords body image, drug abuse, exit processes, female sexuality, sexual desire
Subject categories Social Work


This article focuses on the role of sexuality and intimate relationships during women’s exit processes from drug abuse. Drawing from qualitative interviews with Swedish women the article explores how their sexual practice is played out both during drug use and in the new drug-free life situation. The conflictual transition process evolves around the individual’s attempts to adapt to various sexual scripts made available to them. An element of shame regarding past sexual experiences is enforced by a strong desire to create a new identity as ‘ordinary’. The safest option then is to abstain from sex even if it may lead to frustration and longing. To some, toning down sexuality is a welcome respite, to others a meaningless wait. Why does the beautiful, lovely sexuality never come?

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