im a klepto and i know i need help . i was recently caught my third time and spent time in jail and had to wear the leg monitor. i have to pay almost a thousand in court fines and im on probation for three years. my dailey routine is getting in the car and going from store to store . i go to like 12 to 14 stores a day . and steal everytthing, and anyhting i can get my hands and into my huge purses . i keep like 4 purses in the back seat of my car . taking a new puurse ito each store then coming out to the car to unload my stuff into the plastic bags i have in the front seat. someitmes i run out of bags and just unload my merchandise into the back seat . after im finally satisfied with what ive stolen for the day . i drive home thinking of all the wonderful stuff im going to get to add up and see. !!! most time i get papaer and pencil and add up all the items and sometimes the days "goods" add up to be a whopping 3000.00 ! i spread all the stuff out all over my living room floor and look at all the wonderful merchandise ive gotten. i feel so good looking at all the trinkets and jewerly, clothes, shoes ,kitchen ware, stuffed animals, more jewerly, and more cute stuff to decorate my house with. i get this overwhelming good feeling counting the thousands of dollars worth of stuff i have gotten for free. i love it ... is this a normal feeling ???. to love to do this??? how do i make it stop??? if i get caught one more time i will spend and year in jail!! i have been to the shoplifters anounymous meetings in brighton michigan. i have met terry shulman ( founder of shoplifters program) i have talked with him personally at these meetings . but the urge to steal from stores is always tempting me. i am a recovering alcoholic . i have been sober for 7.5 years. i never started stealing till 3 years sober. then i was off to the races. i attend AA meetings twice a day 7 days a week and i will never drink again . never go back to that horribale life. i have never stolen from friends, parents, relatives, never breaking into peoples houses. i would never do a burgalry. nothting like that. the only time my addiction to steal comes up is if i walk into a store. a store only. what is wrong with me ??? please someone help me. i need to stop before i spend a year in jail .... desperatley
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