Hello, I am Joana. I am writing for the first time here. My

Hello, I am Joana. I am writing for the first time here. My husband said, if I buy anymore unneeded stuff and spend all our money on clothes, he'll divorce me. My best friend doesn't believe in my ability to change anymore. I've been in AA for the past 8 years, but it doesn't really help for shopping addiction as well. Is it possible to stop? Have any of you changed your life and now live addiction free? I don't know anymore, if it's possible to change. I feel like I'm drowning. Thank you for reading.

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Aug 10

Hi I’m Celia and I’m new here. I’m a shopaholic. I’m also an alcoholic in recovery. I related so much to Joana’s post. My marriage is in danger of imploding due to my out of control spending. I am so ashamed to be an addict! I recently retired and online shopping has become an obsession. I would really like to share support with others who understand. I have found AA to be very beneficial and I am trying to apply the 12 steps to my shopping addiction. I look forward to sharing with you! Thanks so much

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Thank you all for your support. And for sharing your stories. It's wonderful to know, I am not alone. As of now, I've started writing down all my expenses and was amazed of how much I'm spending just on impulsive buying or snacks and other little things! I will try to cut down on those. Also I called my loan firm and we agreed on the date, when I will pay my lone. I don't feel in control yet, because everyday I think about shopping - I wanna shop big, buy half a closet, wanna spend the money I don't have... Those constant thoughts are hard to fight. But step by step I'm trying. Thank you.

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Aug 18

I am also new here, and I think you've made a huge step. You can also look at Debtors Anonymous for additional help. Similar to AA? I think having that 'aha' moment is the trigger for getting better. So many years of making excuses for why you can't make ends meet, why you spent what you did.....taking these steps and talking to others certainly helps me. And keeping track of your spending is a great way to start. It's amazing to see how quickly things add up. Good luck with next steps. Keep us posted.

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