- The Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery
The Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery offers comprehensive evaluation and in- and outpatient treatment for spending addictions. Their website provides in-depth information about substance addiction and compulsive behaviors as well as assistance and education resources for individuals, families and employers. To inquire about IIAR programs and services, contact Rick Zehr, Vice President of Addiction and Behavioral Services at 800-522-3784 or by e-mail at Rick Zehr (email@example.com).
- Onsite Workshops
Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Onsite Workshops has created a 5 1/2 day Healing Money Issues program designed to help people examine the life experiences that have shaped their current relationship with money as well as process feelings and explore behaviors that are attached to these beliefs. The Wall Street Journal referred to this workshop as “an innovative effort that combines Experiential Therapy with nuts and bolts financial planning”. To read about this program, go to: Money Rehab Offers Hope for Some Financially-Troubled Americans, ’20/20′ Goes Inside Country’s Only Treatment Center for Money Disorders.
- Kahler Financial Group
Kahler Financial Group is a leader in combining the nuts and bolts of financial planning with financial therapy. They sponsor several different weekend and week-long workshops that can be of tremendous help to overshoppers, to overshoppers and their spouses, and to parents of overshoppers. For details about these workshops and a schedule, go to their Events Page.
Other Resources for Overshoppers and their Families
- Daily Strength
Daily Strength is an active online support forum with a shopping addiction support group. Individuals can post discussion comments and questions to peers in order to get advice, help concerning treatments, and moral support.
- Debtors Anonymous
Debtors Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from compulsive debting. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop incurring unsecured debt. There are no dues or fees for D.A. membership.
For an article that describes how DA works, click here. There are D.A. meetings in every state, as well as telephone and online meetings.
- Hey BIG Spender
Hey BIG Spender is a UK site that is raising awareness and enabling people to recognise, address and change their costly spending habits for sustainable change. Ann Carver the founder and recovered spendaholic, turned to shopping after the loss of 3 family members, which later created more pain of debt…now debt free she is on a mission to help others get a grip and treasure themselves once more www.heybigspenders.co.uk
This 18 minute downloadable audio file details the steps in the compulsive buying cycle and uses guided imagery and visualization to help overshoppers gain control.
This website provides an online, interactive self-help program for illuminating compulsive shopping. It is staffed by healthcare professionals to aid people in improving their quality of life. There’s a discussion board for both members and visitors, a free newsletter, and a free online program about how to help loved ones cope with issues.
- Shop Your Wardrobe
The Shop Your Wardrobe program is a 12 month online program for women who want to develop a healthier relationship to shopping who want support and inspiration to do it. Each month of the year-long course has a new theme, all designed to give you the tools, ideas and practical know-how to slay your shopping dragon. The program is delivered online, with a Weekly Lesson delivered fresh into your inbox, supported by a Weekly Resource that illustrates key concepts and encourages action – check out the program at www.shopyourwardrobe.com
- Shopping Addicts Only
- Spenders Anonymous
- The Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft and Spending
Compulsive shoplifting and employee theft, though distinct from compulsive buying, are often related to it. Terry Shulman is a therapist, attorney, consultant, and certified professional coach, who specializes in both of these areas. He also does counseling for compulsive shopping/spending.
SupportGroups.com provides an online support group for shopping addictions. The purpose of the site is to bring individuals together in a non-judgmental environment that offers recent news in the field, encouraging words, and the reassurance that one is not alone in the challenges he or she faces.
- Buried in TreasuresHelp for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding: by David F. Tolin, Randy O. Frost and, Gail Steketee.
Buried in Treasures outlines an effective, scientifically-based program for helping compulsive hoarders dig their way out of the clutter and chaos of their homes. Features of this book include: Self-assessments to determine the severity of the problem; Tips and tools for organizing possessions and filing paperwork; Strategies for changing unhelpful beliefs about possessions; Behavioral experiments to reduce the anxiety of discarding.
- The Compulsive Hoarding Website of the Obsessive Compulsive FoundationThis website provides information and assistance to people who hoard and to their families. Included on the site is a useful definition of hoarding, professional articles on multiple aspects of hoarding, a research digest for hoarding-related scientific papers, information about self-help and support groups, a hoarding/compulsive buying screening test, and other useful information about this medical disorder. You can contact the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation by telephone at 203-401-2070.
We recommend that clients/families with hoarding issues seek the help of a licensed professional with specialized training in treating compulsive hoarding. For a list of clinicians who provide treatment for compulsive hoarding as well as other important information about hoarding behavior, go to www.compulsivehoarding.org, and they will e-mail this information to you.
- The New England Hoarding ConsortiumNew England Hoarding Consortium newsletter will provide you with the latest information coming out of our research studies on compulsive hoarding, recently-published findings from other researchers, and our responses to some of the important questions people ask on our web site (www.compulsivehoarding.org). We also feature essays on important clinical and research topics written by members of our staff. To access the newsletter, click here
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