Private Shopping Addiction Treatment That Focuses on Treating the Whole Person
At Addcounsel, we understand the impact of shopping addiction and how it impacts everyday life. Without the appropriate treatment, shopping addiction will compromise interpersonal relations, financial wellbeing, and will eventually have a severe impact on mental health. Many individuals addicted to shopping report experiencing anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, and low self-worth.
You don’t have to go through this alone. Our specialists have developed a “whole person” approach to shopping addiction treatment, addressing the symptoms, triggers, and causes of your condition. We’ll help you develop effective, lifelong strategies to manage your shopping addiction, ensuring a long-term recovery.
Our dedicated team will guide you through the entire shopping addiction treatment process from start to finish in the comfort and anonymity of your own discreet, luxury rehabilitation accommodations in Mayfair, Chelsea, Knightsbridge or Notting Hill, London.
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Understanding Shopping Addiction
What is shopping addiction?
Shopping addiction, widely recognised as compulsive shopping disorder (CSD) and Oniomania, was first diagnosed clinically in the early 20th century. It’s probably one of the only socially acceptable addictions because we’re living in a time of super consumerism, constantly bombarded with very slick lifestyle advertisements and products instantly accessible with just a couple of taps on a smartphone. Consuming a seemingly infinite array of products and services has never been easier.
Shopping addiction is a behavioural addiction, which like gambling addiction, hijacks the reward system in the human brain, releasing dopamine whilst in the fantasy, planning and obsessional phase of the behaviour. It’ll subsequently provide a “hit” once the item or service has been purchased. However, the “buzz” or sense of “wholeness” is usually fleeting, and often dissipates within moments of the purchase causing the individual to flatline emotionally. While it’s true that most people like to shop and buy nice things or book exciting trips abroad, and may become a bit obsessive about their online “wish list”, they can usually moderate their behaviour and turn their attention to duties and obligations without any feelings of discomfort. A shopping addict, however, will find it extremely challenging to let go of compulsive urges and obsessive shopping plans. It’s not a case of lacking self-discipline or prudence. At Addcounsel, we understand how hard it is to arrest shopping addiction and kickstart the process of recovery.
How is shopping misused?
In the 1980s, “retail therapy” was a popular buzzword when wealth creation was widespread, and the City of London democratised its workforce. Since then, hyper-consumerism has rapidly spread worldwide from the shores of Northern America and Western Europe. For most consumers, it’s a nice feeling to buy a new thread, a new car or book a dream holiday to a great location.
Notwithstanding, shopping is misused when items, products and services are purchased to numb or avoid uncomfortable feelings. Again, most have bought an item to reduce stress (a splurge) temporarily, but consistently doing this may be a misuse of shopping, even if it doesn’t affect the bank balance. Spending money is an essential component of shopping addiction—the transaction becomes a “hit” in and of itself. For some, this behaviour will continue to the detriment of the individual and their loved ones. If a person has a mental illness and displays other addictive behaviours, they’re much more likely to be at risk of misusing shopping.
A dependency/addiction can develop if misusing shopping isn’t addressed early. A shopping dependency will show symptoms such as ritualistic behaviours, and hours, sometimes days, spent compulsively planning shopping sprees, all while releasing dopamine during the anticipation phase. After the shopping addict has “acted out”, they’ll experience regret, shame, guilt, self-disgust and sometimes rage. These characteristics are similar to those of other behavioural addictions.
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Addcounsel’s Approach to Shopping Addiction
When you check in to one of our private and discreet rehabilitation clinics, you’ll embark upon a personalised shopping addiction treatment programme tailored to your needs. We offer luxury private accommodation for the duration of your stay, with 24/7 access to a team of world-class experts headed by one of the UK’s leading psychiatrists and a compassionate and understanding approach to finding the solution which works for you.
Our integrative team comprises a group of dedicated psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, and nutritionists who are here to help you on your journey to recovery. We combine our team’s expertise to provide a multidisciplinary approach to shopping addiction treatment, fusing therapy, and alternative treatment to begin your long-term recovery.
Our team of experts will assess any factors that might have caused your shopping addiction to develop, leverage the world’s most extensive menu of treatment services to help you recover, and create a robust aftercare programme to support re-integration into your family and lifestyle.
Your luxury treatment takes place in an intimate, one-to-one setting – no groups, no other patients. Your comfort, safety and privacy are our priority.
Contact us today to start your recovery journey from the comfort and anonymity of our discreet, luxury rehabilitation accommodations in Mayfair, Chelsea, Knightsbridge or Notting Hill, London.
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