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Brain activity in sex addiction mirrors that of drug addiction

Brain activity in sex addiction mirrors that of drug addiction | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

"Pornography triggers brain activity in people with compulsive sexual behaviour – known commonly as sex addiction – similar to that triggered by drugs in the brains of drug addicts, according to a University of Cambridge study published in the journal PLOS ONE. However, the researchers caution that this does not necessarily mean that pornography itself is addictive."

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Curator comment: This is an interesting study, while it's important to note that neither its intent nor findings provide evidence of sex/porn addiction nor do they suggest that such behaviors are themselves addictive.


Here is the link to the actual study, Neural Correlates of Sexual Cue Reactivity in Individuals With and Without Compulsive Sexual Behavior.


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Psychopathological Predictors Characterizing Sexual Compulsivity in a Non-Clinical Sample of Women

Psychopathological Predictors Characterizing Sexual Compulsivity in a Non-Clinical Sample of Women | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

"(T)here is missing evidence on the relationship between psychological factors and sexual compulsivity in the absence of significant psychiatric disturbance...... Against this background, this study used a non-pathological frame to explore this relationship......Data suggested that when sexual compulsivity is measured as a continuous construct in a community sample of women, only some factors seem common to those found in severe forms of hypersexuality."

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Curator comment: Only the abstract is currently available online, so it's a bit unclear just what the findings are indicating.


Published online 16 May 2014.



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The Role of Maladaptive Cognitions in Hypersexuality Among Highly Sexually Active Gay and Bisexual Men

The Role of Maladaptive Cognitions in Hypersexuality Among Highly Sexually Active Gay and Bisexual Men | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

"(W)e validated a measure of maladaptive cognitions about sex and examined its unique ability to predict hypersexuality…….(M)agnifying the necessity of sex and disqualifying the benefits of sex partially predicted minimized self-efficacy for controlling one’s sexual behavior, all of which predicted problematic hypersexuality……  Results suggest the utility of a cognitive approach for better understanding hypersexuality and the importance of developing treatment approaches that encourage adaptive appraisals regarding the outcomes of sex and one’s ability to control his sexual behavior."

Bill Herring LCSW, CSAT's insight:

Curator comment:The findings of this article raise some valuable questions regarding the nature of cognitions that seem to co-exist with hypersexual behavior among certain populations.  


The authors define maladaptive cognitions as "inaccurate appraisals of the meaning of situations, the consequences of one’s behavior, or one’s ability to exert control over life circumstances or personal behavior."  The three primary maladaptive cognitions explored in this study include

  1. magnifying the necessity of sex, 
  2. disqualifying the benefits of sex, and 
  3. minimizing one’s self-efficacy for controlling sexual thoughts and behaviors.  


The authors suggest that "treatment approaches that induce negative attitudes toward sexuality, fail to highlight the benefits of sex, and encourage the belief that one is not in control of his sexual behavior may unintentionally serve to perpetuate, rather than reduce, hypersexuality." The authors caution treatment providers against perpetuating "self-regulation fallacies" and note "the particularly central role of only perceiving harm, not benefit, from sex". The authors conclude that their findings about the importance of maladaptive cognitions offer "a more complete picture of hypersexuality than previously offered".


This study seems to suggest that many people who present for symptoms of hypersexuality are more capable of self-control than is generally assumed by classic "addiction" models of hypersexuality.  It also suggests the value of highlighting rather than "disqualifying" the positive benefits of sex.  The key disclaimer in all this is the recognition of "the possibility that maladaptive cognitions might follow problematic behavior or that an unmeasured third variable might explain the relationship between cognition and behavior." As is so often the case, the distinction between correlation and causation is of paramount importance.


While only the abstract is readily available online, this article is well worth reading in its entirety.  


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Pachankis, J. E., Rendina, H. J., Ventuneac, A., Grov, C., & Parsons, J. T. (2014). The Role of Maladaptive Cognitions in Hypersexuality Among Highly Sexually Active Gay and Bisexual Men. Archives of sexual behavior, 1-15.


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Shame, Sexual Compulsivity, and Eroticizing Flirtatious Others: An Experimental Study

Shame, Sexual Compulsivity, and Eroticizing Flirtatious Others: An Experimental Study | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it


"The present study tested whether experimental induction of shame leads to increased interest in erotically suggestive targets among more sexually compulsive individuals............Shame appears to increase sexualization (i.e., reduces salience of agentic features and increases appeal of physical attributes) of erotically suggestive targets among more sexually compulsive individuals." 

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Curator comment:  This appears to be an intriguing study, as a complete reading of the abstract will demonstrate.  Shame is an esential component of this topic.  See also, for example,  "The Role of Shame and Guilt in Hypersexual Behavior"


Authors: Petrican, R., Burris, C.T. & Moscovitch, M.

Source: The Journal of Sex Research. Published online 03 Dec 2013. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2013.829796


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Nonparaphilic Hypersexual Behavior and Depressive Symptoms: A Meta-Analytic Review of the Literature

Nonparaphilic Hypersexual Behavior and Depressive Symptoms: A Meta-Analytic Review of the Literature | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

"(T)he authors review the literature on the relation between nonparaphilic hypersexual behavior and depressive symptoms. There was a moderate, positive relation between nonparaphilic hypersexual behavior and depressive symptoms (r = .34). This relation was similar across gender, sexual orientation, and age. The authors discuss the implications for researchers and clinicians working with hypersexual individuals. Future research should work to elucidate the causal direction of the relation between nonparaphilic hypersexual behavior and depressive symptoms. The authors encourage clinicians who work with hypersexual patients to assess them for depressive symptoms and consider treatment options that address concurrent depressive symptoms."

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Curator comment: This study supports the common-sense notion that for some people  depression contributes to hypersexually disordered behavior as a coping mechanism, and the negative consequences of this behavior can intensity depressive symptoms, resulting in a never-ending cycle.


(2013). Nonparaphilic Hypersexual Behavior and Depressive Symptoms: A Meta-Analytic Review of the Literature. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy.  Published online: 29 Oct 2013. 


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Sexual Compulsivity in Heterosexual Married Adults: The Role of Sexual Excitation and Sexual Inhibition in Individuals not Considered “High-Risk”

Sexual Compulsivity in Heterosexual Married Adults: The Role of Sexual Excitation and Sexual Inhibition in Individuals not Considered “High-Risk” | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

"(W)e explored sexual compulsivity in a non-clinical convenience sample of 1,301 heterosexual, married adults......We also investigated whether sexual excitation and sexual inhibition, constructs in the dual control model of sexual response, would be useful in explaining differences in men's and women's sexual compulsivity. .......The importance of assessing (sexual compulsivity) in samples not considered “high risk” and the utility of applying a sexual inhibition/excitation framework to understanding sexual compulsivity are discussed."

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Curator comment:  The "dual control" model as developed by Bancroft and colleagues is a useful way to conceptualize variables that influence sexual compulsivity.


(2013) Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention. Volume 20, Issue 3.  


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Cybersex addiction: Experienced sexual arousal when watching pornography and not real-life sexual contacts makes the difference

Cybersex addiction: Experienced sexual arousal when watching pornography and not real-life sexual contacts makes the difference | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

"The results support the gratification hypothesis, which assumes reinforcement, learning mechanisms and craving to be relevant processes in the development and maintenance of cybersex addiction."

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Journal of Behavioral Addictions, V2, N2: 100-107 (June 2013)

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Looking for Attachment Solutions In All The Wrong Places: Out of Control Sexual Behavior As A Symptom of Insecure Attachment in Men

"Hypersexual behavior may be a particular manifestation of avoidant attachment and it is this underlying issue that must be addressed to effectively treat Hypersexual Disorder."

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"The results yielded 13 characteristics related to OCSB: denial and dissociation, avoidance behavior, delusional omnipotence, narcissism, obsession and compulsion, risk taking, excessive fantasy, endangering professional/personal life, tolerating abusive relations, living a double life, desperate and irresponsible behavior, and a decline in one’s spiritual life."

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Problematic internet use and other risky behavior in college students: an application of problem-behavior theory

Problematic internet use and other risky behavior in college students: an application of problem-behavior theory | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

"The present study examined college students' problematic Internet use (PIU) behaviors within the framework of Jessor and Jessor's (1977) problem-behavior theory. Its specific aim was to investigate the links between PIU with both internalizing (depression, social anxiety) and externalizing (substance use and other risky behaviors) problems......PIU did not share the characteristics typically associated with the traditional problem-behavior syndrome consistent with problem-behavior theory, but showed correlates more consistent with internalizing rather than externalizing problems."

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Bill Herring LCSW, CSAT's insight:

Curator comment: Although this article (note only the abstract is available) does not reference that the "PIU" of its subjects contained a sexual dimension, that can be pretty much assumed.  It is included here in part to introduce the concept of "problem-behavior theory", which is not referenced in any journal article typically read by professionals who self-identify as specializing in treating people with chronically problematic sexual behavior.


Citation: Problematic Internet use and other risky behaviors in college students: An application of problem-behavior theory. De Leo, Joseph Anthony; Wulfert, Edelgard Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, Vol 27(1), Mar 2013, 133-141. doi: 10.1037/a0030823

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Impact of disclosure of relapse of self-identified sex addicts

Impact of disclosure of relapse of self-identified sex addicts | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

"The present study explored the experience of relapse and disclosure among sex addicts. Relapse was a common experience among sex addicts, and the disclosure of relapse had a range of consequences for the addict and the relationship. Voluntary disclosure of relapse (rather than the partner discovering relapses independently) was associated with positive relational outcomes."

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Curaor comment: Voluntarily disclosing a relapse is one of the most difficult but also one of the most crucial actions a person can make in a relationship attempting to heal from chronic infidelity.


M. Deborah Corley, Sara E. Pollard, Joshua N. Hook, Jennifer P. Schneider 
Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity  Vol. 20, Iss. 32013


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Sexual compulsivity among heterosexual college students

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"Although we found support for construct validity of the Sexual Compulsivity Scale in our sample (of 876 heterosexual college students), it is not clear whether the scale distinctly measures sexual compulsivity or taps into other constructs, such as sexual desire and sexual exploration."

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Curator comment:  It can seem so very basic to an understanding of the nature of compulsivity, but many professionals in the field struggle to account for variable levels of desire when considering reasons for problematic sexual excesses. To say that some people aren't classically "addicted" or "compulsive" but instead have high levels of sexual desire that can get them in trouble doesn't dismiss the severity of their problem.  This explains some of the negative reaction generated by journal titles such as "Sexual desire, not hypersexuality, is related to neurophysiological response elicited by sexual images


Dodge, et. al., J Sex Res. 2004 Nov;41(4):343-50.

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Methodological Review of Treatments for Non-Paraphilic Hypersexual Behavior

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"Despite several attempts to explore treatments aimed at attenuating the symptoms of non-paraphilic hypersexual behavior, the findings from this review indicate that much of the outcome research in the field contains significant methodological limitations."


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Curator comment: Therapists who treat the various manifestations of chronically problematic sexual behavior, no matter what degree or discipline, have not exactly set the world on fire with well-designed, empirically-based outcome research, and the subject has not yet attracted a sizable number of behavioral health investigators (which is one reason why some of the same names consistently appear in higher-tier journals).  This article appears to substantiate this conclusion and point the way toward improving the quality of research the field is capable of producing.


Methodological Review of Treatments for Non-Paraphilic Hypersexual Behavior. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy. . doi: 10.1080/0092623X.2012.751075

(Posted online June 14, 2013)


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Personal Perspectives on Hypersexual Disorder

Personal Perspectives on Hypersexual Disorder | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

"Understanding the etiology, prevalence, treatment, and associated characteristics of HD is in its infancy. Important questions about the neurobiological mechanisms underlying HD remain unanswered at the present time. Debates continue as to which theoretical conceptualizations of HD might offer the best explanation (e.g., addiction, compulsivity, impulse-control models, etc.). Little is known about the onset, clinical course, and trajectories of HD symptoms as they manifest in various populations and across genders. Public health issues beyond the risks for sexually transmitted infections need to be considered including the impact of hypersexuality on the family, monogamous partnered relationships, child development, and potential risks for suicidal ideation. As advances continue to be made, investigators might benefit from assessing the body of literature about other non-substance related dysfunctional behaviors such as eating disorders or pathological gambling in order to generate hypotheses to guide future research endeavors. Indeed, it is both an exciting and challenging time for researchers and clinicians to be involve."


Bill Herring LCSW, CSAT's insight:

Curator comment: This is an exceptionally useful article for a number of reasons.  It is authored by one of the most noted and empirically-grounded researchers in the field, Rory Reid Ph.D., LCSW.  It is an extremely helpful and current overview of issues in the field, including descriptions and limitations of various theoretical formulations.  It reviews important issues pertaining to such topics as cultural diversity, comorbidity, brain imaging, public health issues and outcomes research.  It is well annotated. And it's available online in its entirety, not just an abstract.  If you only had a very limited amount of time to get current on this complex issue, make sure this is one of your initial primary sources of information.


Source: (2013). Personal Perspectives on Hypersexual Disorder. Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity: Vol. 20, Hypersexual Disorder, pp. 4-18.

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Methodological Review of Treatments for Nonparaphilic Hypersexual Behavior

Methodological Review of Treatments for Nonparaphilic Hypersexual Behavior | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

"(T)he authors conducted a methodological review of empirical studies that evaluated a treatment for nonparaphilic hypersexual behavior.....(T)he findings from this review indicate that much of the outcome research in the field contains significant methodological limitations." 

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Curator comment:  The relative paucity of methodologically sound research articles on this subject is a major concern.  I have an opinion about this, which I'm always willing to share, focusing primarily on the tendency overly define rather than adequately describe the behavior in question.  


(2014). Methodological Review of Treatments for Nonparaphilic Hypersexual Behavior. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy: Vol. 40, No. 4, pp. 294-308. doi: 10.1080/0092623X.2012.751075

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Gender-related differences in the associations between sexual impulsivity and psychiatric disorders

Gender-related differences in the associations between sexual impulsivity and psychiatric disorders | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

"The robust associations between sexual impulsivity (SI) and psychopathology across genders suggest the need for screening and interventions related to SI for individuals with psychiatric concerns. The stronger associations between SI and psychopathology among women as compared to men emphasize the importance of a gender-oriented perspective in targeting SI. Longitudinal studies are needed to determine the extent to SI predates, postdates or co-occurs with specific psychiatric conditions."

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Bill Herring LCSW, CSAT's insight:

Curator comment: This is the abstract only, so it's not clear what the authors are defining as "sexual impulsivity".   The NESARC, which appears to be the primary source for the data used for this analysis, can be reviewed at this site.


Published online 5 May 2014.

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Transgression as Addiction: Religiosity and Moral Disapproval as Predictors of Perceived Addiction to Pornography

Transgression as Addiction: Religiosity and Moral Disapproval as Predictors of Perceived Addiction to Pornography | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it



"(T)he present study indicated that religiosity and moral disapproval of pornography use were robust predictors of perceived addiction to Internet pornography while being unrelated to actual levels of use among pornography consumers."

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Bill Herring LCSW, CSAT's insight:

Curator comment:  This article supports the idea that some people who perceive themselves to be addicted to pornography are experiencing psychological distress in large part because it conflicts with their religious beliefs.  On the one hand this makes intuitive sense: people who have a strong sense of what they "should" and "shouldn't" do are more likely to be distressed by their behavior than people who don't give a rip. Articles like this are a reminder of the importance of carefully negotiating the addiction narrative with people who perceive themselves to have a problem because of their strong moral convictions around matters of sexuality in the absence of harm to others.


See also the accompanying  press release from Case Western Reserve University concerning this article.


Arch Sex Behav. 2014 Feb 12. [Epub ahead of print]
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The Effects of Gay Sexually Explicit Media on the HIV Risk Behavior of Men Who Have Sex with Men

The Effects of Gay Sexually Explicit Media on the HIV Risk Behavior of Men Who Have Sex with Men | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

"While most men who have sex with men (MSM) consume sexually explicit media (SEM) without problems—including without HIV risk—for a small subgroup of high consumers, our formative research and these results both suggest their behavior may be experienced as problematic. Clinically, it would be helpful to establish what relationship, if any, exists between very high SEM consumption and compulsive sexual behavior, to identify whether the SEM use is compulsive in itself, and then to compare the behavior and characteristics of MSM with and withour compulsive SEM use."

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Bill Herring LCSW, CSAT's insight:

Curator comment: (1) The above excerpt from the conclusion of this study is only a small part of the overall findings.  (2) The instrument used to measure compulsive sexual behavior is the well-established Compulsive Sexual Behavior Inventory (CSBI).  (3) And for those not familiar with the phrase, "sexually explicit media" is increasingly replacing the term"pornography" in the sexual health field.


AIDS Behav (2013) 17:1488–1498

DOI 10.1007/s10461-013-0454-8


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Support Utilization by Partners of Self-Identified Sex Addicts

Support Utilization by Partners of Self-Identified Sex Addicts | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

"This online survey examined the support resources used by partners of sex addicts. Partners (N = 92).......rated therapists, spirituality, support groups, and friends as most useful; and the mate, their children, and their other family members as least useful. ........Rating the mate as useful was most strongly associated with positive relationship outcomes. The authors conclude with recommendations......"

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Bill Herring LCSW, CSAT's insight:

Curator comment: The finding that the participants in this study rated their sexually addicted partner as being among the least useful sources of support for them is sad but unfortunately not surprising.


(2013). Support Utilization by Partners of Self-Identified Sex Addicts. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy. Published online: 15 October 2013. doi: 10.1080/0092623X.2012.751076


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Partner Reactions to Disclosure of Relapse by Self-Identified Sexual Addicts

Partner Reactions to Disclosure of Relapse by Self-Identified Sexual Addicts | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

"This study examined the experience of relapse and disclosure from the perspective of the partner who is in a committed relationship with a sex addict. Partners (N = 92) answered questions related to the first disclosure of sex addiction, experiences of relapse, the effect of relapse on the self and relationship, and reasons partners decided to stay vs. leave the relationship. In general, relapse was a common experience, and had a wide range of (mostly) negative consequences."

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Authors: M Deborah Corley, Jennifer P. Schneider, Joshua N. Hook


(2012). Partner Reactions to Disclosure of Relapse by Self-Identified Sexual Addicts. Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity: Vol. 19, No. 4, pp. 265-283.

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"In general, relapse was a common experience, and had a wide range of (mostly) negative consequences. Partners often viewed themselves as a victim of interpersonal relational trauma."

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Rasagiline induced hypersexuality in Parkinson’s disease

Rasagiline induced hypersexuality in Parkinson’s disease | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it

Impulse control disorders (ICD) are increasingly recognized in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD), particularly when treated with commonly used dopamine agonists such as pramipexole and ropinirole. Less evident is the possible association between monoamine oxidase inhibitors type B (MAO-B) and the development of ICD.........Here, we report a patient with PD who developed ICD when treated de novo with MAO-B inhibitors.

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Bill Herring LCSW, CSAT's insight:
Curator comment: Even though medication-induced hypersexuality is a different creature from that which is caused by disordered attachment or some other cause, it is worth knowing about.  We're too early in research to determine if one of the variables resulting in why some people to develop medication-induced hypersexuality and others don't may be related to one of these other variables.

Available online 20 September 2013

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Pornography addiction leads to same brain activity as alcoholism or drug abuse, study shows

Pornography addiction leads to same brain activity as alcoholism or drug abuse, study shows | Sex  Addiction | Scoop.it
People who are addicted to pornography show similar brain activity to alcoholics or drug addicts, a study has revealed.
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Repeat gonorrhea infections, sexual addiction and impulsivity in women

"Conclusions: Repeat gonorrhea infections (in a sample of adult women) are associated with sexual addiction, non-sexual sensation-seeking, and impulsivity in women. Personality measures should be included with behavioral risk assessments for screening women at high-risk of repeat gonorrhea infections."
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Hypersexuality Among a Substance Use Disorder Population

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"In a group of 211 patients seeking treatment for a substance use disorder, 25% screened positive for hypersexual behavior. This prevalence rate greatly exceeds the estimates of hypersexual behavior found to be roughly 3–6% among the general population. Findings suggest that hypersexual behaviors may be more commonly observed in substance use disorder populations. Patients seeking treatment for a substance use disorder should be systematically screened for hypersexual behavior with the goal of optimizing the treatment approach."

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Bill Herring LCSW, CSAT's insight:
Curator comment: Historically, substance abuse treatment settings have not adequately assessed for hypersexual behavior, which undoubtedly leads to some percentage of relapse.  Hopefully findings such as this can help correct this deficiency.

Katherine Stavro, Elie Rizkallah, Laurence Dinh-Williams, Jean-Pierre Chiasson, Stephane Potvin.  Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity. Vol. 20, Issue 3, 2013.  Abstract only.
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Mindfulness, Emotional Dysregulation, Impulsivity, and Stress Proneness Among Hypersexual Patients

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"The current study explores relationships between mindfulness, emotional regulation, impulsivity, and stress proneness in a sample of participants recruited in a (DSM-V) Field Trial for Hypersexual Disorder and healthy controls...... Our results show a robust inverse relationship of mindfulness to hypersexuality over and above associations with emotional regulation, impulsivity, and stress proneness. These results suggest that mindfulness may be a meaningful component of successful therapy among patients seeking help for hypersexual behavior in attenuating hypersexuality, improving affect regulation, stress coping, and increasing tolerance for desires to act on maladaptive sexual urges and impulses."


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Bill Herring LCSW, CSAT's insight:

Curator comment:  This just-published article is notable for being the first study lending support for mindfulness as a plausible intervention for hypersexuality.  It's also the first time that the highly reputable journal Clinical Psychology has accepted an article on the topic of hypersexual behavior.  This study lends more support for the DSM-5 conceptualization of hypersexuality disorder.


Reid, R. C., Bramen, J. E., Anderson, A. and Cohen, M. S. (2013), Mindfulness, Emotional Dysregulation, Impulsivity, and Stress Proneness Among Hypersexual Patients. J. Clin. Psychol.. doi: 10.1002/jclp.22027

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"...mindfulness may be a meaningful component of successful therapy among patients seeking help for hypersexual behavior in attenuating hypersexuality, improving affect regulation, stress coping, and increasing tolerance for desires to act on maladaptive sexual urges and impulses".

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Mindfulness and Addictive Behaviors

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"This study examined the relationship between mindfulness and various addictive behaviors (i.e. alcohol abuse, pathological gambling, sex addiction, and compulsive buying) in a community sample. A short but comprehensive composite measure of mindfulness was constructed...... Inverse correlations emerged between the nonjudgmental attitude and alcohol abuse, pathological gambling, and sexual addiction, ......The findings of this study support the use of mindfulness as a treatment for substance abuse and suggest the possible usefulness for the treatment of other addictive behaviors."

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Bill Herring LCSW, CSAT's insight:

Curator comment: "Mindfulness", a state of nonjudgmental self-awareness, has become a popular topic in the field of behavioral health, and this article continues that trend.  The authors used the Compulsive Sexual Behavior Inventory (CSBI) to measure the sexual dimensions of their study.  It would have been nice if they had shown more consistency by avoiding using the phrases "sex addiction" and "sexual addiction" interchangeably and if they had defined the term other than via the CSBI (which does not use either term).  The "Composite Mindfulness Questionnaire" (which is included) is interesting.


Note: This article is currently available in its entirety through Open Access, which is always nice for those without university or other institutional access.


AMA cite: Spinella M, Martino S, Ferri C. Mindfulness and Addictive Behaviors. J Behav Health. 2013; 2(1): 1-7. doi:10.5455/jbh.20120908033138

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