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shopping addictionShopping addiction, which is sometimes called compulsive buying disorder (CBD), is similar to a substance addiction. Shopping or spending feels like a temporary relief or “high” to people with this disorder, yet it often leads to negative feelings afterward, which drive them to seek more relief. Shopping addiction treatment can help break this cycle. People who are interested in treatment for shopping addictions can call 1-888-439-3435 Who Answers? to get help and discuss options.

A person’s shopping addiction can go unnoticed by the general public, especially in developed countries. Not only is shopping considered a normal behavior, but it is also encouraged in societies that place considerable value on appearances and material wealth. Compulsive shopping or spending can be incredibly damaging to a person’s personal life, however. In addition to causing or aggravating mental distress, it can lead to financial and interpersonal difficulties.

Signs You Are Addicted to Shopping

One of the primary signs of a problem with shopping is the tendency or desire to make a purchase when feeling upset, angry, or disappointed. With a shopping addiction, purchases can provide a brief euphoric feeling. This seems to relieve the anxiety or depression from a setback in life; however, those negative feelings then return when the shopping trip is over. Sometimes, they’re also compounded by guilt or frustration from the splurge. Additional signs of shopping addiction include

  • Purchasing many items but rarely or never using them.
  • Hiding purchases or lying about them to avoid conflicts with others.
  • Juggling accounts or skipping necessary bill payments to purchase more items.
  • Using credit rather than cash to pay for frequent shopping sprees.
  • Shopping alone or only with others who make a large number of purchases.

People with shopping addictions tend to be somewhat obsessive about the shopping experience. They anticipate and prepare for their shopping trips by planning the details, such as what they will wear, and researching purchases, such as the latest fashions or best bargains. The shopping itself feels exciting, and, in some cases, it’s even sexually arousing. They may also buy something just because it is on sale or because it is popular, regardless of whether they will use it or even want it. If you identify with any of these signs or know someone who does, please call 1-888-439-3435 Who Answers? for assistance with shopping addiction treatment.

Help for Shopping Addicts

Family Interventions

family intervention Family interventions are important because they help the abusers realize that they have options and people surrounding them that will support their option for treatment. The abusers will not be forced into a vehicle and driven to a rehabilitation center against their will.

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Shopping addiction treatment programs usually address several aspects and consequences of the addiction, including underlying mental health issues, conflicts within relationships, and financial difficulties. Several types of treatment and support are used.

Shopping addiction has a high rate of comorbidity with other mental health diagnoses, including mood or anxiety disorders and eating disorders. People with this addiction are also more likely to abuse substances. Shopping addiction treatment often involves psychotherapy to address these potential issues as well as the problems associated with shopping or spending.

A popular form of treatment is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which is provided in group or individual sessions. CBT helps people change unhealthy thought patterns that contribute to compulsive shopping and change their behaviors or habits. If an underlying disorder is identified, treatment may also include medications. SSRIs, for example, can help some people manage the anxiety or depression associated with the addiction.

Because shopping or spending addictions can affect other people, such as spouses or family members, a program may include couples or family therapy. This can help people work through related conflicts and develop a plan for managing the behaviors at home. Accountability is an important component of this. The addicted person may be prompted to share receipts or bank statements with a significant other to encourage honesty and discourage compulsive purchases.

People who have acquired a significant amount of debt may also benefit from financial counseling and joining groups devoted to living simply. Community support groups, such as Debtors Anonymous, can also help people regain control of their spending. For more information on shopping addiction treatment, call 1-888-439-3435 Who Answers? . This confidential hotline can help you or a loved one find the support needed to overcome compulsive shopping and spending.