Compulsive sexual behavior is sometimes called hypersexuality, hypersexual disorder, nymphomania or sexual addiction. It's an obsession with sexual thoughts, urges or behaviors that may cause you distress or that negatively affects your health, job, relationships or other parts of your life. Compulsive sexual behavior may involve a commonly enjoyable sexual experience (for example, self-stimulation) that becomes an obsession and becomes disruptive or harmful to you or others. Other compulsive sexual behaviors are outside the bounds of commonly accepted conduct (for example, paying for sex or having extramarital affairs) and cause distress. And these behaviors could have negative consequences. No matter what it's called or the exact nature of the behavior, untreated compulsive sexual behavior can damage your self-esteem, relationships, career and other people. But with treatment and self-help, you can manage compulsive sexual behavior and learn to manage your urges.
Disease Statistics in Australia:
Estimate the prevalence of sexual behaviour and alcohol use and examine the association between excessive alcohol use and risky sexual behaviour in late secondary students in Victoria, Australia. Under half (44%) the students had experienced sex in the past year, half (50%) had engaged in binge drinking in the past two weeks and 26% reported compulsive drinking in the past year. Of those who reported sex in the past year (n=197), 34% had sex without a condom at the last sexual encounter and 28% later regretted sex due to alcohol. The likelihood of experiencing sex was increased by binge (OR=2.44, 95%CI 1.44-4.12) and compulsive drinking (OR=2.15, 95%CI 1.29-3.60). For those sexually active, binge drinking increased the risk of having three or more sexual partners (OR=3.37, 95%CI 1.11-10.26) and compulsive drinking increased the likelihood of regretted sex due to alcohol (OR=4.43, 95%CI 2.10-9.31). Excessive drinking was not associated with condom non-use.
Individual counseling – Much like the process at an addiction treatment center, during counseling, the individual is given a chance to speak privately and honestly about their compulsive behavior. Through these conversations, the individual will come to understand the root causes of the sexual addiction and how to avoid these triggers moving forward. Group counseling – Many addiction recovery programs feature group counseling sessions that allow the individual to listen to the stories of other sex addicts, and share their own experience. These group sessions can lead to amazing breakthroughs for the individual, many of whom felt isolated because of their compulsive behavior. Planning – Sexual addiction counselors will help the individual learn how to make better decisions and craft a plan for the rest of their lives. Counselors are experts in helping individual prepare for almost any situation the “outside world” might throw at them. After-care – Finally, sexual addiction treatment helps individuals stay the course, and continue to implement the things that they learned during treatment. Follow up counseling and information about 12-step programs are just two of the ways treatment center help insure the long-term health of their patients.