What Are the Most Common Treatments for Compulsive Sexual Behavior?

While there is no set treatment for compulsive sexual behavior, it generally includes a combination of psychotherapy, medication, and self-help/support groups. The main goal of treatment is to help people overcome their urges, minimize their sexually compulsive behaviors and ultimately develop healthy sexual activities.

Compulsive sexual behavior can be treated on an inpatient or outpatient basis. However, people who are suffering from severe mental health health issues, or who are a danger to the public will require inpatient treatment, at least at the start. Both inpatient and outpatient treatment options are very intense in the early stages. The withdrawal process can be one of the more difficult hurdles to overcome in the recovery process since the recovery is from a drug from within the body. Many people struggle for years with their compulsions. Ongoing or periodic treatment may be effective for those people in order to help prevent relapses.

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