Alcoholism and Substance abuse are the two main addictions that come to mind when asked about addiction types. People who suffer from these two kinds of addiction usually catch their family’s attention no matter how they try to hide it.
There is this one kind of addiction that seldom gets the attention of anyone as the society rarely sees it as an addiction – shopping addiction. With a society always aiming for new things – shoes, clothes, cars, and gadgets, you’ll most like not diagnose someone who excessively shops as a person with shopping addiction but rather, as someone rich.
And while drug and alcohol addiction poses negative reputation to people, shopping addiction proves otherwise; in fact, people envy someone who shops everyday and spends incessantly. Most of the time, they perceive people with shopping issues as people who simply have nothing to do with their money, much like how we see celebrities who do the act. Precisely why shopping addiction is never seen as something negative, well that is if you have all the money to subsidize your addiction.
And what happens if you don’t?
This is where the worse scenario comes in. You see, it is not only the rich people who are affected by the shopping addiction, but also those that don’t actually have the money. At first, they spend with what they can with their money, max out their credit cards and use up their savings. But as the condition worsens, much like any other addiction, satisfaction is no longer achieved with smaller doses, so they go up a higher notch. Shopaholics now borrow money from whoever they can to provide for their shopping needs. And since they could no longer pay for their debt as they payment also is spent in the malls, they run away from people whom they owe money and you know what happens next.
So you see, shopping addiction is much like alcohol and drugs. It also destroys the life of the shopaholic little by little until nothing else is left for him or her. This addiction can severely damage not only the social life of the person but also the physical. The shopaholic’s priority is the shopping, so he/she tends to compromise his/her nutrition for the sake of shopping. Money intended for food is now used to pay for the shopping spree.
It is actually simple, the shopaholic buys and buys until he or she gets nothing left; quite the irony there. Family and friends’ support plays an important role in dealing with this addiction as it is difficult for the addict to stop this addiction. Professional help may also be needed to combat this addiction so do not wait until everything is too late. If you know a loved one or somebody who has this addiction, establish awareness to the person concerned and seek out possible interventions that can help save the life of the affected person.
Shopping addiction is quite an expensive type of addiction, but is your life worth the price to pay?