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Spending addiction
April 15, 2000
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Is there any therapy that treats spending addiction? I'm talking about someone who clearly looks at shopping as their therapy-a way for them to pick themselves up even though they are hugely in debt. Any time not spent shopping makes her depressed, and then shopping makes her giddy. Any leads? In our culture it is impossible to get away from commercial messages, and now you don't even have to leave your house to buy. Help!

April 15, 2000
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Any therapist may be able to help. There are many addiction groups and any reputable therapist can suggest one.

The bookstores are full of valuable resources regarding addictions of all kinds plus information on depression etc.

There are also websites devoted to these issues.

Stay tuned here I am sure there will be more info as people get up and read your post.

good luck

April 15, 2000
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Your friend is a Shop-A-Holic! If she has her credit cards charged to the max, is only making the minimum monthly payment, is getting cash from one card to pay off another, then she definitely has a problem. Shopping can be a "Happy fix." I speak from experience. Now I have way too many clothes and am working towards getting rid of them and making life simpler. Suggest your friend contact the local Consumer Credit Counseling place which is an organization that will help her compile all the debts into one monthly payment. Of course, she has to give up the cards. Like janes said, a therapist would be a good idea. A REALLY good and NECESSARY idea. Your friend maybe is depressed. If so, antidepressants may be in order. If she becomes truly giddy from shopping, then that's another indicator of a problem. I find that now that I don't shop all the time, I have more time for more interesting things and when I do shop, it's a more "sane" purchasing experience. I think twice before I buy something and I've made it a point to get rid of something if I bring a new article into the closet. So far, that isn't working too well! But I've taken many things to consignment and made a little cash. Your friend needs to STOP shopping and look to why she is doing so for happy fixes. Also, if she is spending spending spending and then goes into an extremely low period, she may be manic depressive. (They suffer extreme highs and lows and often spend spend spend when in a high period). There is medication for this. Good luck.

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