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Shopping addiction, how to overcome being a shopaholic

Updated on April 14, 2012

Shopping can be an obsession

I am pretty sure I use to be one, buying items like shoes, which I hardly wore. I fought that credit card carrying monkey, to get him off on my back. Now he is more down at the bottom of my leg with his long monkey arms and legs wrapped tightly around my ankle. Seriously though, I was on my way to having a problem in the shopping area. I do not even carry credit cards anymore, just my debit card, yes we do have a couple of them but my man holds onto them, you see those sparkly strappy sandals or sassie handbags definitely do not have the same effect on him, he seems much stronger and much better at saying ‘No’ to those things that beckoned me to take them home with me.

Just what is a shopaholic you ask?

A shopaholic is a frequent shopper, especially one who is unable to control his or her spending; person who shops compulsively or very frequently. years ago a shopaholic would have been thought to be someone who liked to shop a lot. Now days with all the addictions, syndrome’s and disorders out there being a shopaholic means significantly more. Being a compulsive shopper who really has a serious addition, whether its buying things they do not need, buying beyond the income limits, shopping is being used as a temporary feel better activity, at least for the minute. Many times this ugly vice may mean they will sacrifice money intended for food, rent, and utilities or any other household bill. This habitual addiction can even eventually lead the shopaholic to indulge in theft, or to even steal from family, friends and others to continue shopping. Liking the feeling they get when buying, they just keep doing it, and eventually it takes control.

Turning into a compulsion

What at first was fun, finding bargains and actually saving money turned into a compulsion? A person who becomes a shopaholic not only depends on the feeling a purchase gives them physically but also how it feels to them emotionally. There have been shopaholics who have caused their lives to end in ruins because they could not control the need to shop, putting their relationships in jeopardy. They have the need for shopping, much like any other addict needing any other activity or drug to regulate their mood.

What can a shopaholic do to quit the habitual and emotional addiction of shopping?

If someone is seeking treatment for shopping and spending addictive behavior’s there are treatments available to help get a handle on this negative behavior and to develop new patterns of behavior . It is a learned habit; therefore a shopaholic has to learn how to stop habitual shopping. Deciding to kick this shopping habit is tough because many still need to shop, at least for food and necessities, so there is no cold turkey or the fact that they will never enter into a store or shop again. As with any sort of learned behavior the shopaholic must have the desire to stop. There is little that can be done until the person realizes they have a problem. Unfortunately sometimes it takes a person to hit rock bottom before realizing they need help. There is help a shopaholic just has to want to change.


If you feel your addiction is out of control, please talk to someone:

Make an appointment with a therapist

Find a support group for addictive behaviors

Shopping can become an addictive behavior that can be unlearned it may not be easy but it is possible.

Random thought of a sexy blonde chick:

Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like. -- Will Rogers
Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like. -- Will Rogers

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