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Drugs Discourse In Denial: Can We Talk About Pleasure Yet? Dayle Stubbs Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL)

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1 Drugs Discourse In Denial: Can We Talk About Pleasure Yet? Dayle Stubbs Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL)

2 Why Pleasure?  Pleasure is fundamental  To the human condition  To happiness, to a good life, a pleasant life  Pleasure  Absence of Displeasure  Satisfaction (Martin 2008: 148)

3 Pleasure in Context: The Dilemma  People use drugs because it feels good, but  In treatment settings, we must NOT speak of pleasure – we must erase it from memory

4 Treatment Settings: Silencing Pleasure  The Million Dollar Question:  “Why do you use drugs?”  “Because I like it”

5 Why can’t we talk about pleasure?  Why is pleasure unacknowledged and unexplored in treatment settings?  And what are the consequences for that?

6 Why we can’t talk about pleasure  Moralism of Abstinence  Pleasure framed as false  Drug user as inauthentic, as less – as an object of either pity or derision

7 Pleasure As The Missing Link?  Could treatment experiences (and outcomes) be improved if we were allowed to acknowledge pleasure?

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