A shopping addiction can start out innocently enough, maybe even starting out as spending time with friends or family, as a social and bonding experience. Over time, it might turn into having a little shopping date after a tough break up or a successful work project, starting to tie emotions into the satisfaction of buying. Those emotional seeds can grow into dangerous habits, using shopping as a way of dealing with anxiety instead of facing your issues and moving through them. A shopping addiction doesn’t develop overnight, and it won’t go away overnight either. With effort and strength, you can beat the need to spend and get your life back on track.
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