A shopping addiction can lead to financial ruin, legal problems, and destroyed relationships. Shopping addiction can also lead to substance addictions in an attempt to dull the pain and shame. These are all excellent reasons to get help. Addictions have a similar root, as brain chemical releases cause a sense of euphoria that is “chased” as the high becomes more difficult to achieve. The means for overcoming any compulsive behavior are very similar. Whether the addiction is to shopping, coffee, heroin or sex, the first step is detoxification. Some of the next steps are to deal with the underlying causes of the addiction, create a nurturing environment, and rebuild self-respect.
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Carrie Rattle is a Principal at BehavioralCents.com, a website for women focused on mind and money behaviors. She has worked in the financial services industry for 20+ years and hopes to inspire women to better prepare themselves for financial independence.