Shopping addiction help
Shopping addiction, which is also commonly referred to as ‘oniomania’ or ‘compulsive shopping’, is a financially, socially and psychologically damaging behavioural addiction, characterised by individuals experiencing an overwhelming urge to shop and spend.
While it can be entirely normal and healthy for individuals to enjoy going shopping, whether this is at the weekends, during seasonal holiday periods such as Christmas, or on an ‘as and when’ basis, shopping addicts often find that their shopping and spending habits are compulsive and excessive. This can include significant overspending, taking out multiple credit cards in order to fund your shopping habits, and demonstrating a complete disregard for any financial problems that may be incurred. It is at this point, when your shopping and spending behaviours seem out of control and are having a detrimental impact on multiple areas of your life, that you may have developed a destructive shopping addiction.
At Manor Clinic, we understand that shopping addiction and substance addictions often go hand-in-hand. That’s why we are able to provide expert treatment for shopping addiction when this co-occurs alongside an addiction to drugs or alcohol. This means that both the behavioural addiction and the substance misuse problem can be treated simultaneously and individuals are empowered to take steps towards a full and sustainable recovery.
Negative consequences associated with shopping addiction
Shopping addiction is associated with a wide range of negative consequences, which can have a damaging impact on all areas of your life and wellbeing, including your relationships with others, performance at work and your sense of self-esteem and self-worth. It also goes without saying that compulsive shopping can have a devastating effect on personal finances, resulting in debt and even legal problems.
In addition, untreated shopping addiction can also lead to further mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety, as well as other behavioural addictions, including internet addiction, especially when shopping is done online.
Treatment for shopping addiction at Manor Clinic
The good news is that shopping addiction is treatable; it’s possible for you to overcome your compulsive shopping behaviours and achieve a full recovery. Our behavioural addiction treatment specialists at Manor Clinic are able to deliver expert therapy for your shopping addiction, when this occurs alongside a primary drug or alcohol addiction. We are committed to delivering evidence-based interventions, empowering you to tackle your shopping addiction symptoms and take steps towards a positive future – the most important step is to seek help.
We can provide an extensive range of tried and tested therapeutic techniques at Manor Clinic, all of which have proven effectiveness in the context of addiction rehab. Our intensive group therapy programme has been specifically designed to enable you to pinpoint the underlying triggers for your unhealthy behaviours, improve your self-esteem and learn effective coping mechanisms to help you to stay well in the future.
Furthermore, our stunning treatment centre, complete with beautiful private grounds, comfortable en-suite bedrooms and welcoming living areas, really does provide the perfect place to focus on your health and wellbeing.
Seek help for your shopping addiction today
Without specialist treatment and therapy, your shopping addiction has the potential to become gradually worse over time, having a hugely detrimental impact on multiple areas of your life including psychologically, socially, professionally and financially.
At Manor Clinic, we are pleased to offer a free, no obligation addiction assessment to all prospective patients, in order to make the process of seeking support as easy and straightforward as possible. During your initial assessment, you will have the opportunity to discuss your unique concerns with a trained expert, ask any questions that you might have on the addiction rehab process, and begin to develop an understanding of the steps that you could be taking towards getting your life back on track.
How is shopping addiction treated at Manor Clinic?
Shopping addiction treatment at Manor Clinic takes place as part of our intensive 28-day Addiction Treatment Programme and occurs alongside treatment for a substance addiction. During this time, you will stay at our beautiful centre on a residential basis, and undergo expert treatment for your alcohol/drug addiction, as well as your destructive shopping behaviours.
28 days is the recommended treatment time for addictions and patients are encouraged to stay with us for longer than 28 days if this is deemed as being beneficial for their wellbeing and long-term recovery.
However, it’s also possible for us to offer other treatment lengths, if appropriate. These include:
- 14-day treatment programme
- 21-day treatment programme
For more information on what each of our residential treatment programmes entails, please visit our residential treatment page.
All of the addiction treatment that we offer at Manor Clinic is underpinned by the well-known 12-Step addiction treatment approach. This abstinence-based philosophy provides a set of guiding principles for the addiction rehab and recovery process. This approach is used all over the world to treat all forms of substance and behavioural addictions, with proven results and success.
Our leading 28-day shopping Addiction Treatment Programme consists of:
- Free, no obligation addiction assessment - book your appointment today
- Medically assisted withdrawal detoxification for your alcohol or drug addiction, which co-exists alongside your shopping addiction
- Structured group therapy programme
- A high quality family programme
- Access to 12-Step support groups
- Free aftercare for life following treatment
- Free family support for life following treatment
For more information on the shopping addiction treatment that we offer at Manor Clinic, as well as the type of therapy that is involved, please visit our approach to addiction treatment page.
This page was reviewed by Sarina Wheatman (FDAP) in November 2019 and is scheduled to be reviewed again in November 2021.