What is Shopping Addiction?
Have you ever started shopping and you couldn’t stop? Or bought things you didn’t need or couldn’t afford and felt bad but you still couldn’t control yourself?
Shopping is a major leisure activity in our country and people spend more time in malls than any other place in their lives except the home and office. It often provides pleasure and relaxation but for some people, excessive shopping can lead to a clinical problem called “compulsive shopping” or “compulsive buying”.
Assessment Questions For Compulsive Shopping:
Do you feel overly preoccupied with shopping and spending?
Do you ever feel that your shopping behavior is excessive, inappropriate or uncontrolled?
Has your shopping urges, desires, fantasies or behaviors been overly time-consuming or caused you to feel upset or guilty or led to serious problems in your life?
If you answered “yes” to any or all of these questions, you might have a problem with compulsive shopping.
Compulsive Shoppers tend to be women (80% female) and usually begins in our late teens/early 20’s.
Research shows that roughly 5.8% of the country suffers from shopping addiction.
Definitions & Characteristics:
“Chronic buying episodes of a somewhat stereotyped fashion in which the consumer feels unable to stop or significantly moderate his/her behavior”. (Faber)
- Frequent preoccupation or impulses that are experienced as irresistible, intrusive or senseless.
- Frequent buying of more than can be afforded, of items that are not needed, or shopping for longer periods of time than intended.
- Evidence of marked distress, time consumption, significant interference with social or occupational functioning or financial problems.
- Does not occur exclusively during periods of hypomania or mania. (McElroy)
Compulsive shopping can severely impact a person’s life. It often leads to financial troubles because shopping addicts purchase items that they cannot afford. As the addict becomes increasingly obsessed with shopping and spending money, the compulsion can also have negative impacts on his or her relationships. The Control Center uses personalized shopping addiction treatment plans to help compulsive shoppers learn how to better control their behavior.
Shopping Addiction Treatment Services
Shopping addiction can create numerous problems in a person’s life. The Control Center’s personalized treatment approach addresses these issues to create a comprehensive plan that addresses each individual’s specific needs. Shopping addiction treatment plans may include:
- Individual therapy that diagnoses any possible underlying mental health issues (such as depression and anxiety) and helps shopping addicts learn healthier ways to cope with their feelings
- Group therapy that encourages shopping addicts to learn from each other’s experiences
- Family and Couples Therapy that strengthens and repairs relationships that have been affected by shopping addiction
Holistic Services Provided for Shopping Addiction
The Control Center uses numerous alternative therapies in its shopping addiction treatment plans. Depending on your specific needs, you might find that some of these holistic approaches to treatment help you regain control of your life and make healthier decisions:
- Creative Visualization
- Breathing Exercises
- Somatic Experiencing
- Chinese Medicine
Personalized Shopping Addiction Treatment Plans at The Control Center
The Control Center uses outpatient services to help shopping addicts recover from mental health and behavioral disorders that make it difficult for them to control their compulsive behaviors. Compulsive shopping is a very common disorder, and the professionals at The Control Center know how to create personalized treatment plans that address your unique needs. Instead of living with the guilt and anxiety of a shopping addiction, you can get the help you need to take back control of your life.
If you feel that you have lost control of your shopping or spending, contact The Control Center to learn more about how a personalized shopping addiction treatment plan can help you.