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How to Control Lustful Thoughts | How to Stop Masturbation Addiction

How to Control Lustful Thoughts

People who are diagnosed with hypersexuality often exhibit repetitive lustful thoughts and fantasies. Hypersexuality is currently being considered as a diagnosis in the DSM-V. In order to meet the criteria, a patient must have constant sexual urges and fantasies for at least six months.

Many people with uncontrollable lustful thoughts end up severely damaging personal relationships. They often suffer from work-related crises. Fortunately there are treatment options available to manage the behavior and decrease the incidents of lustful thoughts.

The first treatment recommendation is usually psychotherapy. Although it can be challenging to seek treatment for sexual issues because they are so personal in nature, it is important to remember that mental health professionals are trained to help. Some therapists will focus on cognitive behavioral therapy to identify the lustful thoughts and replace them with healthy positive thoughts.

A therapist may suggest group therapy where patients with the same diagnosis receive treatment together. Many times a patient also has problems within their marriage related to the hypersexuality. In those cases, marital counseling is usually advised.

Other treatment options to end repetitive lustful thoughts associated with hypersexuality include:

• 12-Step Program
There are many self-help groups that use the 12-step model. Sex Addicts Anonymous and Sexaholics Anonymous are two of the most popular groups for people suffering from uncontrollable lustful thoughts. Each of the 12 steps moves the addict closer to recovery. These groups can also be a good source of additional treatment options. It is often a relief for the sex addict to see people who have been successfully working the treatment model.

• Education
It can be very helpful for people struggling with lustful thoughts to research sexual addiction and understand how it affects the brain. It also may help patients to discover their personal triggers so that they can be recognized before they begin- which is the first step to managing them. Patients who know their triggers are better able to avoid situations that put them at risk.

• Substitute Healthy Behaviors
Another part of treatment is to find ways to replace intrusive thoughts with healthy activities such as exercise and healthy outlets such as meditation and yoga. Anything that reduces stress in a productive way can be helpful in blocking repetitive lustful thoughts.

• Find Support
Finding a trusted friend or family member who can be available for support can make a significant difference during the treatment process. Sometimes having someone to call who can distract from intrusive thoughts can help patients establish a new pattern. Support groups often assign a sponsor who can be called in an emergency.

It is not easy to stop lustful thoughts and it is almost impossible to do it alone. However, by seeking psychotherapy and other support, treatment can be successful.

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