How do I overcome a spending addiction?
Could you please direct me to information on overcoming spending addictions? It seems that if I get stressed or bored I will either turn to food for comfort or go out and spend excessive amounts of money (approximately up to $500 worth of clothes or things we don’t need). Usually I end up returning most of the items but I cannot stop the cycle that I am in! Please help!
Advice: I have an article on addictions, which I believe applies to your situation at: Freedom from Addiction. In this article I cover some steps to freedom that are mainly spiritual and in regards to counseling and support. I encourage you to read it and take the suggested steps.
You need to plan three things you are going to do before you cave
- Pray for God’s power to avoid this temptation (1 Cor. 10:13) and memorize some scriptures about being a good steward of your time, talents and resources.
- Decide to do something else: go home if you are out and start a project or begin to clean your house.
- Call someone for prayer. This person can act like a sponsor to help you think about doing something else which is productive.
Commit to taking these steps before you cave-in. It’s my belief that you have control over this spending addiction and that you can avoid and prevent it. You must begin to explore what underlies this condition with a counselor though, or a spiritual mentor. This activity and pattern is a choice and you don’t have to make that choice. God bless you as you grow in faith and in recovery.
©2004 by Lynette J. Hoy, NCC, LCPC