Find Support For Shopping Addiction

Shopping addictions impair the lives of approximately 6% of the Great British population.  Dubbed ‘shopaholics’, individuals who struggle with shopping addictions feel unbearable compulsions to buy goods that they may not necessarily need.

While shopping addiction treatment & rehab is not often discussed, there is a wealth of professional support available for those struggling with shopping addictions.

Here at Asana Lodge, we provide dual diagnosis treatment at our residential rehab located in the serene Yardley Gobion. If you find yourself addicted to drugs or alcohol and have a shopping addiction, please do not hesitate to contact us directly to refer yourself for dual diagnosis rehab treatment.

To help you understand the relationship between drug and alcohol addiction and shopping addictions, we have shared a wealth of information for you to review below.  We have also delved into the treatment we can provide at our residential rehab.

Understanding A Shopping Addiction

Shopping addiction is a form of compulsive buying disorder that, as touched on above, causes thousands of people across the nation to experience intense compulsions that leave them preoccupied with shopping and buying products that they may not necessarily need.

Endorphins are released in the brain, which over time, can be addictive. Around 10-15% of people are predisposed to these feelings.

Sadly, the feel-good sensations experienced when purchases are made are short-lived.  As these sensations wear off, those living with shopping addictions once again feel an urge to shop.  As they give in to the desires and cravings that come hand-in-hand with shopping addictions, many find it impossible to control their spending habits.

Regrettably, this particular disorder leads to financial difficulties, substance abuse, problems at home and work, as well as uncontrollable thoughts and behaviours.


Identifying If A Shopping Addiction Is Impairing Your Life

Shopping addictions can impact almost anyone. However, research shows that this particular addiction is most likely to develop in early adulthood, around the age of 30.

If you are worried that a shopping addiction controls your life and substance abuse is also an issue, understanding the signs associated will help you determine whether you need to consider dual diagnosis treatment & rehab.

Below, we have outlined several signs that will help you distinguish whether addiction impairs your life.

  • Shopping online or in-person every day
  • Shopping to relieve mental health disorders, such as stress
  • Experiencing insomnia as a result of feeling compelled to shop
  • Purchasing items that you do not use
  • Spending an increasing amount of money
  • Applying for credit cards
  • Experiencing debt as a result of using numerous credit cards
  • Reduced energy and low moods
  • Hiding spending habits from others and becoming secretive
  • Isolation from others

Should you experience the signs noted above, you may not believe that you have developed an addiction to shopping.  Like many others, you may live in denial.  In this instance, we would encourage you to ask yourself the following questions.

  • Do I always think about shopping?
  • Do I spend a large proportion of my day researching products that I could purchase?
  • Do I purchase at least one item a day?
  • Do I find it difficult to go without shopping?
  • Do I experience agitation, anxiety or irritability if I do not shop?
  • Have I experienced financial difficulty, or do I currently experience financial difficulty due to my shopping habits?
  • Has a friend or family member approached me about my shopping habits?
  • Do I hide my purchases from my loved ones?

If you have said yes to any of the above questions and are using drugs to deal with the pressure, we recommend contacting us to discuss dual diagnosis treatment & rehab.


Shopping Addiction Treatment and Rehab At Asana Lodge

Dual diagnosis treatment & rehab at Asana Lodge is provided on a residential basis and focuses on healing the mind and body.

While the dual diagnosis treatment encountered upon attending our rehab is dependent on many personal factors, our treatment incorporates detoxification, rehabilitation and psychological therapies, including cognitive behavioural therapy to help treat both substance and behavioural addiction.

Cognitive behavioural therapy remains highly beneficial in treating addictions.  This is because cognitive behavioural therapy helps many understand the factors that have contributed to the development of their addiction, whether that be a physical dependence like drugs or behavioural such as shopping.

Cognitive behavioural therapy also aims to increase an individual’s awareness of the negative behaviours and compulsions that impact their day-to-day life to ensure that coping strategies can be developed.

Upon entering our rehab and conducting a clinical assessment, we will provide you with dual diagnosis treatment if we believe that you require treatment for more than one addiction.

We also offer Satori Chair Therapy and Stress Management to all of our clients.  These particular treatments will encourage you to relax and break free from the pessimistic thoughts you experience.  As you do so, you will find that you can secure a more optimistic outlook on life.

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If a shopping and drug addiction has begun to control your life, seeking dual diagnosis treatment & rehab is in your best interest.
At Asana Lodge, we are here to support you.  By contacting us today, we can provide immediate support, guidance and treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Identify If Someone Is Developing A Shopping Addiction?

Identifying if someone is developing a shopping addiction can be tricky. However, there are many signs that you can look out for. For example, if someone is developing a shopping addiction, they will frequently purchase items they may not need. They will try to hide their shopping habits from you, and they will likely encounter financial difficulty. In this instance, it is not uncommon for those struggling to use multiple credit cards.

What Causes a Shopping Addiction?

Shopping addictions arise from mental health disorders, trauma, stress and various other factors.

How Long Does Shopping Addiction Treatment & Rehab Last?

A typical shopping addiction treatment programme is administered over 28 days. However, some clients require treatment for a more substantial period, especially if their shopping addiction is severe. Although it is difficult to put an exact time frame on shopping addiction treatment & rehab, if you want to ascertain how long treatment may take you to complete, please contact us directly.


John Gillen - Author - Last Updated: 3 August 2021

John has travelled extensively around the world, culminating in 19 years’ experience looking at different models. He is the European pioneer of Nad+ (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) treatment to Europe in 2010; and recently back from the USA bringing state of the art Virtual Reality Relapse Prevention and stress reduction therapy. his passion extends to other metabolic disturbances and neurodegenerative diseases.

The journey continues, in recent times john has travelled to Russia to study and research into a new therapy photobiomudulation or systemic laser therapy working with Nad+ scientists and the very best of the medical profession in the UK and the USA, together with Nadcell, Bionad Clinics own select Doctors, nurses, dieticians and therapists, Johns’ passion continues to endeavour to bring to the UK and Europe new developments with Nad+ therapy in preventive and restorative medicine and Wellness. In 2017 John Gillen was made a visiting Professor at the John Naisbitt university in Belgrade Serbia.

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MBBS, PG Dip Clin Ed, OA Dip CBT, OA Dip Psychology, SCOPE Certified

Dr Lapa graduated in Medicine in 2000 and since this time has accrued much experience working in the widest range of psychiatric settings with differing illness presentations and backgrounds in inpatient, community and secure settings. This has been aligned to continuation of professional development at postgraduate level in clinical research which has been very closely related to the everyday clinical practice conducted by this practitioner as a NHS and Private Psychiatrist.
He is fully indemnified by the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS) and MIAB Expert Insurance for Psychiatric and Private Medical practice. He is fully registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK with a licence to practice.

Dr Lapa is approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act (1983)

Member of Independent Doctors Federation (IDF), British Association for Psychopharmacology (BMA) and The Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO)

Dr Lapa’s extensive experience has also concentrated on the following areas of clinical practice:
– Assessment, Diagnosis and Pharmacological Treatment for Adults with ADHD.
– Drug and Alcohol Dependency and maintaining abstinence and continued recovery
– Intravenous and Intramuscular Vitamin and Mineral Infusion Therapy
– Dietary and Weight Management and thorough care from assessment to treatment to end goals and maintenance
– Aesthetic Practice and Procedures