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What Are The Treatment Options For Kleptomania? by julybaba(m): 3:54pm On Jul 04, 2022
Treatment of kleptomania typically involves the following

Medications: There’s little scientific research about using psychiatric medications to treat kleptomania. There is no Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medication for kleptomania.

However, certain medications may help, depending on the situation and other mental health disorders, such as depression or substance misuse.

An addiction medication called naltrexone, an opioid antagonist, may reduce the urges and pleasure associated with stealing.

An antidepressant, specifically a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI).

Psychotherapy: A form of psychotherapy called cognitive behavioral therapy helps the person identify unhealthy, negative beliefs and behaviors and replace them with healthy, positive ones.

Cognitive behavioral therapy may include these techniques to help the person control their kleptomania urges.

Covert sensitization, in which the person pictures themselves stealing and then facing negative consequences, such as being caught.

Aversion therapy, in which the person practices mildly painful techniques, such as holding their breath until they become uncomfortable when they get an urge to steal.

Systematic desensitization, in which a person practices relaxation techniques and pictures themselves controlling urges to steal.

Avoiding relapses: It’s not unusual to have relapses of kleptomania.

To help avoid relapses, the person needs to be sure to stick to ther treatment plan. If they feel urges to steal, they should contact their mental health professional or reach out to a trusted person or support group.

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