In this article you will read about the recovery period/ healing time for compulsive shopping or shopping addiction, prevention and coping with compulsive shopping or shopping addiction.

Recovery & Prevention of Compulsive Shopping or Shopping Addiction

Recovery Period/Healing Time for Compulsive Shopping or Shopping Addiction

Recovery period/healing time for compulsive shopping or shopping addiction is a stagnant idea to pin down. Some may see it as a once off event, which happens when the one stops buying. For other people an ongoing process may have started before the one actually quits their compulsive shopping or shopping addiction. Some people can view recovery quite similar to serving a prison sentence behind bars. They run out of their favorite food additionally best thing they can do is counting the days. For some other individuals it is about freedom and the chance to rebuild their lives completely.

There is no specific definition of recovery for compulsive shopping or shopping addiction, which everyone agrees upon, but it seems to be a lot more to it than simply not purchasing. If it had been so then all the addicts would have recovered before they would get their first rise in the morning. Recovery is nothing but all about the change and the growth to be achieved. It comprises developing a new way of living the life that can produce a level of peace and happiness that the individual did not experience ever earlier.

The Stages of Recovery in Compulsive Shopping or Shopping Addiction

It does make a good sense to see recovery from compulsive shopping or shopping addiction as a proceeding instead of a once off event. Below are the most common experiences by individuals that tend to go through:

  • Accepting that they have a problem with compulsive shopping or shopping addiction. Now the individual is able enough to see the reality of their situation.
  • Readiness to change. They decide that they do not want to live a life anymore that is blighted by compulsive shopping or shopping addiction.
  • Looking into recovery options. Here they begin looking for options that help escaping compulsive shopping or shopping addiction.
  • Taking charge. They want to take an action to put an end to their compulsive shopping or shopping addiction. This may involve going to rehab or making to give up alone.
  • Early recovery. During this period, one needs to learn how to live a life without compulsive shopping or shopping addiction. It includes developing some new coping mechanisms as well as some new attitude towards one's life. This can excite them as they discover that how much joy they can find in sobriety.
  • Recovery maintenance. This stage is stagnant. Staying sober becomes a way to live life, but they can still relapse for they are careless. They need to stay persistent to recovery process and to building a happy life away from compulsive shopping or shopping addiction.

Prevention of Compulsive Shopping or Shopping Addiction

Since the reason for compulsive shopping or shopping addiction is unknown, it is not apparent how it might be ceased, but a few things can help keep this type of behavior in check:

  • The earlier you identify and treat the symptoms of compulsive shopping or shopping addiction the easier it will be for you to prevent from getting your condition worse or you can avoid escalating into embarrassment, problems of self-esteem and the harmful acts.
  • Take treatment for other conditions. Identify and seek cure for OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), depression, anxiety etc… to prevent the recurrence of compulsive shopping or shopping addiction.
  • Try to keep from risky situations. Do not peril your health or of the others by putting yourself into such situations that can tempt you and engage you in compulsive shopping or shopping addiction.
  • Pay for purchases in cash or debit card instead of check or credit card.
  • Avoid phoning in catalog orders and do not watch shopping channels on television.
  • Another way to prevent compulsive shopping or shopping addiction is by call a friend or talk to your therapist when there is an urge for compulsive shopping.
  • Getting rid of the credit cards is one of the best way to prevent compulsive shopping or shopping addiction.

Coping with Compulsive Shopping or Shopping Addiction

To cope with compulsive shopping or shopping addiction successfully, knowing what runs in the mind of an affected individual is the important step. Contrary to the popular belief, compulsive shopping or shopping addiction victims are not always easy going women are only concerned about some the latest shoes and the handbags.

Truth is that the compulsive shopping or shopping addiction victims often suffer from some emotional problems, have low self-esteem, and desire the approval of other people. Positive approach and attitude towards life is a great way to help them follow constructive advice. Realizing that self-worth does not relate to the items that we purchase is important step in coping with compulsive shopping or shopping addiction.

A compulsive shopping or shopping addiction sufferer has trouble in controlling over impulsive behavior, which equals to dealing with underlying issues. Finally, the compulsive shopping or shopping addiction victim often has an intellectually deep sense of materialism, with assumption that admiration and affection can also be bought. A good social connection with people in society helps reduce this problem.

Helping Someone with Compulsive Shopping or Shopping Addiction

You can surely help someone with compulsive shopping or shopping addiction. When you find out that someone is dealing with compulsive shopping or shopping addiction, several ways are available to help manage compulsive shopping or shopping addiction. Your advice and presence are very important along with the whole process, especially when you are a parent and trying to help your teen to overcome the compulsive shopping or shopping addiction. The road to recuperate is not an easy path that means one should have the patience in him/ her.

Talking to a Victim of Compulsive Shopping or Shopping Addiction

Speaking to the victim of compulsive shopping or shopping addiction can be helpful for them and the people around them. One necessary step to skip the compulsive shopping or shopping addiction is to neglect and ignore the scenarios that lead to shopping binges. Researchers provided a list of the possible situations for example, convincing the victim of compulsive shopping or shopping addiction to visit a store with a shopping list in one's hand, despite arriving unprepared. All of the credit cards must be either paid off, cancelled or destroyed. Further, talk about the affected person carrying a wallet with him all the time. After all, the temptation to shop can be controlled in lack of financial means.

Talking to Adolescents and Teens with Problem of Compulsive Shopping or Shopping Addiction

Being a parent or a responsible person, if you are trying to help a teenager, at first, get the child to acknowledge the problem of compulsive shopping or shopping addiction. You can expect the denial of addiction from the teen; hence, the need is to be persistent. The best tactic is to convince the teen. You can also distract your teen to some other activities that do not include compulsive shopping or shopping addiction. You can keep your child busy in some other activities like jogging, doing exercise or listening to music etc…

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Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD, FFARCSI

Last Modified On: June 30, 2016

Pain Assist Inc.

Pramod Kerkar
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