Chances are good that you know a shopaholic. They could be your co-worker, your neighbor, your best friend, or even you. They are constantly searching for the high that only extreme shopping can give them. A shopaholic is on a constant roller coaster ride of extreme highs and extreme lowers. This shopping addiction can destroy a person’s finances and even their families. So, is shopaholism a lifestyle choice? No.
Shopaholics are not living the glamorous life floating life a social butterfly from one store to the next buying clothes or other items. They are shopping to get keep from dealing with the real issue that is bothering them. And, most of them don’t even know what the underlying issue is. They are shopping to keep the depression at bay.
I don’t believe a person just wakes up one morning and decides to become an alcoholic or a drug addict. So, I do not believe a person consciously decides to be a compulsive shopper. I believe that it starts out as a simple day of shopping. The victim probably felt so such a high once they made their purchases until they wanted to continuously repeat the feeling. Eventually, the desire to shop becomes a compulsion. Before each purchase, compulsive shoppers feel an intense need to make a purchase. It doesn’t matter whether they actually need the item or not. It does matter if the items will negatively affect them financially or not.
After a purchase, the shopaholic will often feel regret and even depressed. They often become angry with themselves for having given in to the urge to purge. Some shopaholics are even ashamed of their lack of will power. Despite these feelings, they continue to feed their addiction.
Shopaholism can destroy a person’s finances. A compulsive shopper will quickly find themselves in debt. No matter how much money they make. They will continue to spend until they have exhausted all of their income and assets.
One of the main causes of marital discord is money. Since a shopaholic cannot stop spending, their marriage will feel the strain of their addiction. To try to prevent confrontations, shopaholics will often hide their purchases from their spouse, and they may even lie about their spending.
Compulsive shopping is just as serious as drug addiction or alcoholism. No one wants to become a slave to any habit. Shopping addiction is an obsessive compulsive disorder that So, being a compulsive shopper is not a lifestyle choice.