I couldn't agree more with the OP. As a single guy who as you may have seen from my recent activity on these boards, I've started punting in the last 2-3 months, and I can't get enough!
I'm not the most confident of men and find it hard to chat up women that I fancy, no problem if I don't want to have sex with them! Punting has given me the ability to have my way with girls I never could and may never be able to get with on civvie street.
I've found myself punting a lot well beyond my limited financial means recently and also need to calm it down, I also have a slightly addictive personality, I moved from smoking to caning e-cigarettes like they are going out of fashion.
I think Password's advice is the best,
so now look at quality and not quantity - Have a few shit punts and you will come back to earth with a bump.
I'd rather have the memory of a glorious punt 2-3 weeks ago (My budget really doesn't stretch that far!), rather than a raft of girls mashing the memories one into another so you stop appreciating and 'savouring' the punt.
The hobby is too much like a game:
I love the ‘hunt’ looking up and searching, comparing, imagining, planning the route, going to new parts of town. Walking up the flat, house and then the doors opens….and then it gets better (mostly) once inside and have already had some very memorable experiences.
I enjoy this immensely as well, though with possibly some slight OCD \ Autistic tendencies if I am buying a vacuum cleaner I will research and obsess over finding the 'best one' for hours and days on end. I've forgotten more about different types of mattress bed springs (not punting related!), than I care to remember!
It's a thrill that is akin to the old 'glorious days' of punting when everything was a risk and exciting (although I would not be into this hobby in that day in age, the age of the internet and sites like this suit me just fine thankyouverymuch!).
For someone that is quite sheltered, the searching, adventure, risk, different areas of town I would not likely have reason to visit otherwise, being with someone I am not likely to be with otherwise is just a huge rush, the entire process is intoxicating and the internet makes it oh so easy, you can arrange a meet with a girl in the same amount of time it takes to order a takeaway sometimes!
Of course, as with everything, the more you do it, the more jaded you will become, is there such a thing as 'punters burn-out'?
An idea is, when you are feeling 'the need' just sort yourself out, then see if you still want to take the plunge, knowing that you have dealt with the immediate urge, feeling less horny, and also being less physically 'prepared' (I find I need to 'go without' before a meet) for an immediate or next day meeting may help you have a small gap between punts.