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When people think of addiction, their first thought usually has a lot to do with substance abuse. But addiction can manifest itself in many different ways, and shopping addiction, otherwise known as oniomania, is a serious problem for many people. Depending on the source, shopping addiction can also be considered an impulse control disorder or a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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About Shopping Addiction



Shopping addiction is similar to other addictions in that it gives the addict extreme highs and lows. While purchasing something, the addict experiences a high, which is followed by a low, where the person can become depressed and remorseful. This low can result in the addict pursuing another high, as the addict does what they think they need in order to feel better. Shopping addiction creates a vicious cycle of highs and lows, which can be extremely damaging psychologically. Often, shopping addiction is traced to issues of childhood neglect and loneliness, as the addict tries to fill a void in an unhealthy way. A consumer culture has also contributed to rising numbers of people addicted to shopping.

Treatment of Shopping Addiction



Because shopping addiction is a psychological addiction, the approach to treatment is based mainly on therapy that will address the deeper emotional history of the addict. There are a lot of psychological difficulties present in shopping addiction, and these issues are dealt with in therapy and counselling. This treatment will explore problems of attachment, deprivation, anxiety, shame, and many other aspects of the addiction. For shopping addiction, a 30-day rehabilitation program is suggested. A longer-term program is suggested for those who feel they require the extra time.

Post Rehabilitation of Shopping Addiction



Shopping addiction has many underlying causes and factors, and these are issues that need to be worked through. Aftercare requires a lot of support, and a lot of work on the part of the addict. Support groups are helpful, and the addict should continue to get both individual and group therapy after they finish an inpatient program. Shopping addiction cannot be cured, but therapy that addresses the issues that caused the disorder will reduce the probability of a relapse.

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Do you have trouble saving money?
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Do you buy things you don't need?
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Have you experienced the ending of a relationship as a result of your spending habits?
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Do you get a rush from buying an item, even if it's not something you really wanted?
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When you are unable to buy something you really want, do you experience feelings of anger or depression?
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Have you tried to set a limit on how much you can spend while shopping, and not been able to stick to it?
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Do you buy things you want even if you know you don't have the money for them?
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Do you use shopping as a way to reward yourself?
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Do you have more than one credit card that you use regularly?
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Do you usually pay only the minimum balance on your credit cards?
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Do you find excuses to go shopping, like buying gifts for other people, or needing something for around the house?
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Do you feel guilt or remorse after you go shopping?
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Has your shopping resulted in financial difficulties?
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Have you experienced conflict with family or friends as a result of your shopping?
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Have you ever committed a crime in order to fund your shopping habit?
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Have you lied to anyone about your shopping?
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Do you put even small purchases on a credit card?
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Have you experienced problems at work or school as a result of your shopping?
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Do you ever worry that if you don't buy an item, something bad could happen?
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