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Hypersexuality Among a Substance Use Disorder Population

NCJ Number
Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity Volume: 20 Issue: 3 Dated: July-September 2013 Pages: 210-216
Katherine Stavro; Elie Rizkallah; Laurence Dinh-Williams; Jean-Pierre Chiasson; Stephane Potvin
Date Published
September 2013
7 pages
This study assessed the problems related to a loss of control over sexual behaviors within a sample of individuals seeking treatment primarily for a substance use disorder.
In a group of 211 patients seeking treatment for a substance use disorder, 25 percent screened positive for hypersexual behavior. This prevalence rate greatly exceeds the estimates of hypersexual behavior found to be roughly 3-6 percent 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. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.