So, you think you may have be addicted to shopping or have a spending addiction? You aren't alone. More and more people do. It is estimated that in the USA alone, some 13 million people may be suffering from an addiction to shopping.
The good news is that you have already taken the first step to conquering your addiction to shopping, simply by coming online to find out more about it.
Addiction to shopping - The truth about curing it:
The reality is that any addiction is hard to beat alone. It's advisable to look for outside help to help conquer your addiction. (Addiction to spending is called oniomania).
You can consider joining a spending addiction support group, an online support community or looking for one to one or group professional therapy. There is a list of useful resources at the end of this article.
But the first step (and most often the most difficult) is telling friends and family about your addiction to shopping. Don't be scared to confide in someone you trust. People are most often more understanding and compassionate than we imagine. And there is truth in the old saying that a problem shared is a problem halved.
If your addiction to shopping has caused you to find yourself in debt or financial difficulties, it is also important to seek practical help for dealing with your financial situation. A first step you can do is take a good, honest look at the extent of your spending and start planning a budget to get yourself back on track.
Addiction to shopping â€“ self help:
You can of course decide to take steps now to help cure your addiction to shopping. But be warned, without a resilient support framework around you, conquering any addiction is infinitely harder. Do consider sharing your problem with at least one person who can help you and who you can speak to freely.
There are a number of online support groups and forums for people suffering from an addiction to shopping. Details of some of those groups are given below.
Addiction to shopping â€“ don't feel guilty:
Of course, it's easy to say, but it's quite normal to feel guilt about any addiction. You may have blown the family finances. You may feel terrible that the gap you have been trying to fill with shopping is still there. But guilt is not a constructive emotion when dealing with addictions of any kind.
Your addiction to shopping is something far more deep founded than a simple enjoyment of spending money. You are trying to compensate for some inadequacy (perceived or otherwise) or emptiness in your life and it's important to take time to figure out what that is. Of course, it's natural to feel sadness or regret that you are at this point, but don't let that detract from the positive work you are doing in dealing with your addiction.
Addiction to shopping â€“ don't give up:
Any recovery or rehabilitation involves failure of some kind. If you are working towards getting better and find a bump in the road that triggers a spending splurge, don't give up. Accept that you are only human and try to draw a line under it and move on with your rehabilitation as soon as possible.
Addiction to shopping - resources:
Here are some details of some support groups and advice sources that will be useful to sufferers of an addiction to shopping.