Shopping is an addiction just like drug and alcohol abuse, gambling and overeating. Most people who shop for the sake of buying things, often not needed, do it because it makes them feel good. It covers up other emotions that trigger the response to shop. They may feel stress, anxiety, fear or depression.
hile receiving treatment to deal with the addiction, they must also practice control at home. They can do this by creating a buddy system where if they feel the urge to take control over them they contact this person to talk them through it. In cases where the addiction is severe, having someone come over to sit with them may prove a better solution.