For every 18 adults in the US, one of them is addicted to shopping. Also known as compulsive buying disorder, a shopping addiction exists when someone lacks control over their purchases. Generally speaking, people with a buying disorder will purchase unneeded items to the point of excess, and usually to feel better.
Well over half (58%) of shopping addicts are in severe debt. Furthermore, among compulsive buyers, 45% report feeling guilty about it, one-third report having relationship issues from it, and 8% have criminal records because of it. Plus, the vast majority of those with a shopping addiction do not seek treatment.
Frankly, there isn’t enough shopping addiction support in this country, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get free and confidential help. We want to provide the opportunity for that help. Below are three helplines for shopping addicts, or those who know one, to receive support, resources, information and referrals. Call today.
Call us anytime at 855-945-4310 to reach a behavioral health specialist who can provide counseling, information, and resources for shopping addiction treatment. You may also visit our homepage where you’ll find access to a wealth of more info, including an option to have a specialist call you directly.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers a 24/7 helpline for those seeking help with any mental disorder, including but not limited to shopping addiction. Call 800-662-4357 to reach a trained professional who can offer guidance, references and referrals. Or, click here to visit the SAMHSA helpline website.
Debtors Anonymous is based on the structure of Alcoholics Anonymous, except the focus is on those with extreme debt. It’s a free system of meetings and support. Although not a helpline, call 800-421-2383 or visit their website by clicking here to find a meeting near you.