If so, rebuilding a satisfying sex life without Tina can be quite difficult.
This, for lots of men, is the greatest challenge.
Sex and Tina often become strongly linked.
Learning to rediscover the pleasures of sex without Tina takes time, effort, patience and creativity.
A common complaint among former users is that they now find “normal” sex boring, and that they find it hard to become aroused.
This is partly because the brain is now chemically imbalanced.
Tina floods the brain with dopamine.
Dopamine generates a feeling of pleasure and satisfaction.
Repeated and abnormally high releases of dopamine and Tina itself damage the neurotransmitters.
The longer and more intensively you’ve been using Tina, the longer it will take for your brain to recover and for you to enjoy sex without Tina.
This can take anywhere from several months to more than a year.
The process is also defined quite significantly by a variety of emotional aspects.
A lot of men use Tina to boost their confidence and sense of freedom.
Or to block out certain thoughts.
For instance, thoughts about HIV or hepatitis C, ageing, discomfort with one’s sexual orientation or needs.
All such thoughts evaporate with Tina, which allows guys to do things they might not otherwise have dared.
When you stop taking Tina, you will have to rely on your own resources.
Life without Tina also means a sex life without Tina.
Let go of the idea that you will someday have sex on Tina again.
This will only feed your craving and can lead to a relapse.
For some men, letting go feels like mourning.
When should you have sex without Tina again?
That largely depends on your personal situation.
How severe is your craving?
How strong is your support network?
Are you in a relationship?
If you had a satisfying sex life and could connect intimately before you began using chems, then you know it’s possible to do so again.
If you had problems with these before Tina, the challenge is greater.
In which case, consider seeing a sex therapist.