I had to go to the grocery store for a couple of things, and as I was walking through the store, I found something that seemed a little off. Shopaholic wine glasses. Cute, right? Not so much. The definition of a shopaholic is “a compulsive shopper“, also known as “compulsive shopping disorder“. A person with CSD will buy things they don’t need, cannot pass up a deal on anything and will go into debt to support their habit. How is it that we think this is cute and should be announced to everyone?
Would we give an alcoholic friend a shopping bag saying they’re an alcoholic? Cute gift? I’m pretty sure that would be a disaster.
Too much of anything, even good things, is bad. Addictions are serious business. There are intervention programs, rehabilitation programs and usually some life adjustments to prevent relapse. So why is it that shopping addictions are socially acceptable and encouraged, while drug addicts, sex addicts, gambling addicts and pretty much all other addicts are supposed to kick their addiction?
This makes no sense to me. Shopping is legal, where drugs are not. But then again alcohol is legal. No theory there. Shopping supports the economy, so maybe that’s why this is okay. If your addiction gets you in big time debt, just file bankruptcy. It screws up your credit, but at least you don’t have to pay for most it. Seriously? I have a problem with this. I’ve had debt, and I paid it all off. I don’t do that anymore.
Shopping will give you a temporary high, just like most other addictions, but with long term affects if you really have a shopping addiction. Shopping is not bad, but if you or a friend have a shopping problem, don’t make fun of it, do something about it. Happiness is not found in the bottom of a bag anymore than in the bottom of a bottle.