Hi, all. This is my first post, and I just wanted to introduce myself. I'm a compulsive shopper with a mountain of credit card debt. I have begun working an intensive program to stop compulsive shopping, and I'm feeling determined, but it sure isn't an easy process! I've been dealing with some pretty intense withdrawal--yes, literal withdrawal--since I quit shopping for entertainment. It's only been a couple of weeks, but I'm already feeling the anxiety building up. I'm doing a lot of writing in my journal, trying to deal with the uncomfortable feelings as they come up. But it's hard. My entire life has been spent running away from and/or covering up uncomfortable feelings. I've used various addictive behaviors in the past, and I've conquered all of them one by one...except for the shopping.
So I'm ready to deal with the shopping addiction. But that means facing all of my uncomfortable feelings head on. And that is nothing short of terrifying! I've been battling some depression this week as I sit with the discomfort. So today I did a search for "compulsive shopping support," and I stumbled onto this group here.
Thanks for listening. I hope that I can offer support to others as I seek encouragement from you all! It's so good to know I'm not alone!
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