Tips for Spending Addiction Therapy

Has your shopping gotten out of control?  Have you spent more than you earn month after month, even in the face of a worsening economic climate?  Are you fighting more and more with your spouse about money?  If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may have a shopping addiction that requires professional help and intervention.    Remember, addiction problems are not limited to drugs and alcohol.  A compulsive shopper can actually wreak similar levels of havoc on their family through lies and destructive behavior associated with their spending.

Why do People Develop a Spending Addiction?

Spending addictions are like drug addiction, in that they have their roots in depression, stress, anxiety and other significant mental health issues.  Individuals shop compulsively because it provides a euphoric effect – which masks the pain associated with these conditions.  Spending gets out of control as people become more desperate to achieve the “buzz” they get from shopping.  This is a classic cycle of addiction that applies of spending as well as it does to any substance abuse problem.

But before you enter into a shopping addiction therapy program, try some of the following tips and strategies.

Tips for those with Spending Addiction

  1. Don’t ignore the problem.  Many individuals with a spending addiction look towards “next month” as the time they are going to get their lives in order and control their impulsive behavior.  Unfortunately, that time rarely comes and the individual falls into the same traps time after time.  If this is a cycle that continues to repeat itself, the time has come to seek professional help.
  2. Get a financial education.  Unlike drug addiction or alcohol addiction, compulsive spending on shopping can be combated with a better understanding of money and how it impacts your life.  Texts such as Rich Dad, Poor Dad and anything written by Suze Orman are a good place to start.
  3. Work with a professional.   A financial planner or advisor can help you set spending limits each month and provide an additional level of accountability for those who need it.
  4. Work with your spouse.  There is no shame in asking your spouse, or another family member for help controlling your spending.    Your significant other can hold your money and dispense it only when it is needed.  By denying you access to funds, your spouse will be giving you a chance to focus on the root causes of the addictive behavior.


Getting Help through Shopping Addiction Therapy


If you have tried the strategies listed above and are still engaging in the addictive behavior, it may be time to find a shopping addiction therapy program.  Shopping addiction therapy can help individuals break the cycle of compulsive shopping by cutting to the heart of why you turn to spending as a means of coping with pain and anxiety.  And as with alcohol rehab or drug rehab, counselors can also provide decision-making strategies and life-goals to emphasize positive activities other than spending and shopping.


Moonview Sanctuary offers spending addiction therapy for individuals and their families who have seen their lives damaged as a result of this misunderstood condition.  Contact Moonview Sanctuary today and ask about the Addiction Treatment programs available.




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