Spending Addiction

There are different kinds of addiction, among which is compulsive shopping and spending addiction. The same as gambling and alcoholism, undesirable situations result from this habit sooner rather than later.

What is Spending Addiction?

This form of addiction affects more women than men. Shopoholism is the habitual, uncontrollable urge to buy unnecessary items to mask emotional feelings such as anger, sadness or anxiety. Individuals who shop compulsively often find relief from their emotions but can be overwhelmed with guilt afterwards. Some think they would be able to feel more love, improve self-confidence, mend their pain and relieve stress as they go for a shopping spree.

What are the symptoms of a Spending Addict?

Generally, it does not provide physical symptoms. However, having a major financial problem is a major tell-tale common to many shopaholics. Similar to drug or alcohol addiction, shopping addicts want to get a high or feel the “rush” from their action. Even when they feel remorse after a binge of shopping, the end result may be to go out and shop again.

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With the absence of physical symptoms, here are emotional indicators common to shopaholics:

  • Shop compulsively when they are stressed or overwhelmed with negative emotions
  • Spend beyond what they can pay for
  • Hide receipts or lie about shopping
  • Develop no control over their shopping behavior
  • Affect personal relationships due to overspending
  • Have a collection of possessions, unused and/or with price tags still intact

What are the Effects of Compulsive Spending?

Shopping addicts may have no sense of direction when they purchase. While some buy clothes, shoes, bags and other personal items, some just pick up anything. Others may also experience emotional blackout and would not remember what they have bought.

Although many individuals with shopping compulsion binge throughout the year, some can become relatively dormant and go out on a spree only during occasions. The main indication here, however, is spending money on things they do not need and usually, with money they do not have. As a result, financial issues are imminent and can be greatly damaging to their financial stability, credit rating and overall financial status.

What is Spending Addiction Treatment?

Financial difficulties would only be the tip of the problem when spending addiction is not treated. If you are, a family or a loved one has symptoms provided earlier, talking to a professional can help the situation. Seeking for support from Shopaholics Anonymous has also proven effective in spending addiction treatment.

Treatment for spending addiction does not usually involve medications. Nonetheless, a doctor may prescribe anti-anxiety or anti-depressant medications depending on his assessment. A good treatment center for compulsive shopping has specialists who can be contacted anytime of the day if you need help to deal with the problem.

Spending Addiction Treatment involves healing of the mind, body and spirit. There are issues which resulted to addiction and these need to be identified and dealt with to get to the bottom of the problem. Treatment Partners of America can help treat your addiction, find an enduring solution and not just a temporary answer. You will be valued as a client and not as a number in a growing statistics.