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Let’s Talk About Chemsex

The sessions are for gay and bisexual men living with HIV in the UK and who take part in chemsex and would like to make a positive change to their use of chems.

This means that we won’t ask you to stop your chems use completely if this is not yet a realistic goal. However, in order for the group to be effective, and for you to get the most from it, we do ask that you set goals toward reducing and more effectively managing your chems use, which the group will support you to achieve.

When is the group?

The group will run weekly in the evenings at 6pm. Sessions will last for up to two hours and run for six consecutive weeks.

Our next group will be in the summer. If you’d like to register your interest, please fill in the form at the bottom of this page and we’ll be in touch.

What will the group cover?

  • Your current relationship with chems and chemsex.
  • Your goals for making a positive change with respect to your use of drugs and/or alcohol.
  • Identifying and managing triggers and cravings.
  • Lapse management and urge surfing.
  • Mindfulness, relaxation and breathing techniques.
  • Surveying the challenges ahead and setting goals.

How will I join the sessions?

Our sessions use Zoom video conferencing, which is free for you to use to access the group. You can join the sessions via video or audio and will need either a phone, smartphone, tablet or computer. The session is never recorded and your data is protected in line with our privacy policy.

We recommend having video on so that we can all see each other on camera. This will build rapport and help to support everyone in a safe environment. You don’t have to use your real name – you can use a pseudonym or nickname if you prefer. Make sure you set this on Zoom before joining the session.

How do I sign up?

To register your interest or to find out more, please complete the short form below. Once we receive your form, we’ll aim to contact you within three working days for a short telephone conversation and to confirm the next steps.

Note that the groups are open to men who have sex with men who live in the UK, who are living with HIV, who take part in chemsex and who would like to make a positive change to their use of chems.

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