Shopaholic Signs, Reasons, and Recovery

I was recently interviewed by a journalism student in the UK for a piece she was writing on compulsive shopping.   That article, titled “Retail Therapy or Shopaholic,” was recently published on a site called Self London.   The piece also includes feedback from two other women, as well as a consumer psychologist and a researcher who studies shopping behavior.   The article concludes by outlining three different types of “retail therapy.” As is often the case with journalists, I was asked quite … [Read more...]

Debtors Anonymous is Not Just for Debtors

The following is a guest post from Susan B., who is sharing her journey as part of my “Stories of Recovery” series.  Susan is a financial sobriety evangelist. Her website, Getting Out from Going Under, provides guidance for people who are recovering from compulsive spending, shopping, and debting. Her recent book, "Getting Out from Going Under: Daily Reader for Compulsive Debtors and Spenders," is filled with practical tips, inspiration, and a thought for each day to encourage and motivate you … [Read more...]

My Love / Hate Relationship with Caffeine

The essay below was written in April 2013, shortly after I had made a commitment to conquer my addiction to caffeine (and just a few months after I started this blog).  I decided to document how caffeine was negatively impacting my life so I would never forget why I decided to break the hold that it had over me.  I decided to re-read what I had written today, as I have been backsliding into using caffeine as a prophylactic for my migraine headaches on a regular basis.  I wanted to remind myself … [Read more...]

Being Deliberate in the Home Stretch of 2015

This is a post I’ve been hesitant to write, but I’m still going to do it.   Sometimes we learn the most by doing things we don’t really want to do.   As many of you know, I have a practice of selecting a theme for myself each year to help guide my focus and actions for those twelve months.   This year, the theme that I selected was “deliberate” and my aim was to become a lot more intentional with my shopping, wardrobe, and life. First – The Good News… Let’s start with the good news.  As I … [Read more...]

How Shopping Support Structures Can Help Us Shop More Wisely

I was apprehensive about posting my most recent accountability update, as I definitely purchased far too many new clothes during August and September.  However, the comments I received on that post were very supportive, encouraging, and helpful.   Although I could use many of these comments as launching pads for new blog posts, there was one in particular that stood out for me. Wise Words from Ellie… A commenter named Ellie wrote the following: “How can you start using your analytical … [Read more...]

“Flashback Friday” on Compulsive Shopping – and a New Resource

My last post, “Recovery is Not a Linear Process,” generated a lot of comments and emails, as I thought it might.  Clearly, readers have many thoughts on the topic of recovery and the ways in which it might progress and unfold.  That post was sparked by what I viewed as a harsh comment on my July accountability update, but I didn’t expect the follow-on entry to become as contentious as it did.   I am all for spirited discussion, but it went beyond that and that isn’t what I want for my blog.  I … [Read more...]

Recovery is Not a Linear Process

This blog is called “Recovering Shopaholic.”   It started out being a personal log of my progress in overcoming a decades-long compulsive shopping problem.  I never dreamed that I would attract as many readers as I have and have the capacity to touch so many people’s lives.  Over the close to three years that I have written this blog, it has evolved into being about more than just me and my recovery, but that is still the focus of many of my posts, including my accountability … [Read more...]