Shopping Addiction Treatment

Shopping Addiction Treatment

Welcome to PROMIS. A place where we treat behavioural disorders and provide support for addiction issues. If you feel you have a problem with your shopping habits and find it difficult to stop, you’ve landed in the right place. With our support and guidance, we can help you get your life back on track.

What is a Shopping Addiction?

Shopping addiction is a severe behavioural addiction that affects roughly around 8 million people in the UK. This destructive disorder is characterised by the need or impulse to buy items routinely with serious difficulty to stop – regardless of the consequences.

Similar to other addictions, this condition is generally rooted in emotional and psychological factors that manifest as an outlet for compulsive shopping. While an addiction to shopping may seem harmless at first glance, the seriousness and complexities of this disorder can produce significant emotional problems relating to self-esteem, stress, and personal challenges.

What’s more, shopping addicts typically shop with disregard or a sense of budget, often leaving themselves in financial ruin and economic turmoil. 

Types of Shopping Addiction

  • Compulsive Shopping: This is the most common type. Individuals feel an uncontrollable urge to shop and often buy things they don’t need. This behaviour is typically a way to relieve stress or escape negative feelings.
  • Trophy Shopping: People with this type of addiction hunt for the perfect item. They are often perfectionists and can spend a large amount of time and money to find the exact thing they have in mind.
  • Bargain Shopping: This form is driven by the thrill of getting a good deal. Bargain shoppers are constantly on the lookout for sales, discounts, and offers, even if they don’t need the items they’re buying.
  • Bulimic Shopping: This is a cycle of buying and then returning the purchased items. Individuals with this type of addiction often feel buyer’s remorse immediately after purchasing, leading them to return the items.
  • Collector Shopping: Collectors are focused on acquiring a particular type of item, such as books, shoes, or watches. This type of shopping addiction is often justified by the individual as a hobby or interest, but it can become compulsive and financially damaging.
  • Image Shopping: This type revolves around buying items that enhance one’s image or status. Individuals are often motivated by a desire to impress others and may purchase luxury goods or the latest trends to maintain a certain appearance.
  • Co-dependent Shopping: People who shop to gain love or approval from others. They may constantly buy gifts for others to maintain relationships or to feel accepted.
  • Revenge Shopping: Sometimes, individuals engage in shopping to retaliate against someone who has upset them. This is often an emotional response to anger or frustration.

Signs and Symptoms of Shopping Addiction

  • Compulsive Buying: An overwhelming and often irresistible urge to shop, leading to frequent and unnecessary purchases.
  • Financial Issues: Spending more money than one can afford leads to financial problems such as debt, inability to pay bills, or excessive use of credit cards.
  • Preoccupation with Shopping: Constantly thinking about shopping, planning the next purchase, or spending significant time browsing online stores or visiting shopping centres.
  • Hiding Purchases: Feeling embarrassed or guilty about shopping habits, leading to hiding purchases, receipts, or credit card statements from family or friends.
  • Emotional Shopping: Using shopping to cope with negative emotions such as stress, sadness, loneliness, or anxiety.
  • Relationship Problems: Shopping habits cause arguments or strain in relationships with family, friends, or significant others.
  • Neglecting Other Aspects of Life: Neglecting responsibilities, work, social engagements, or hobbies because of time spent shopping or dealing with its consequences.
  • Withdrawal Symptoms: Experiencing feelings of anxiety, irritability, or depression when trying to reduce or stop shopping.
  • Return Rituals: Regularly returning items after the rush of buying has worn off, often feeling remorse or guilt post-purchase.
  • Loss of Control: Feeling unable to resist the urge to shop, even when aware of its negative consequences.
  • Justification of Unnecessary Purchases: Rationalising unnecessary purchases with excuses or convincing oneself that these purchases are needed.
  • Desire for Status or Approval: Shopping for expensive or trendy items to gain status, approval, or to maintain a certain image.

Causes of Shopping Addiction

PSYCHOLOGICAL FACTORS

SOCIAL AND CULTURAL INFLUENCES

BIOLOGICAL FACTORS

LIFE EVENTS OR TRAUMA

ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS

Treatment for Shopping Addiction

Inpatient Treatment

Outpatient Treatment

Therapy and Medication Treatment

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