Making a purchase can provide a biochemical change that promotes the good feelings that are associated with it. When the funds are available to these people, the purchase can feel a rush of pleasure, just like a drug addict would feel fulfilling their need. Just because you enjoy shopping, doesn't make you an addict. It only becomes a problem when it puts the person in financial trouble and they turn to loans and debt to continue on. "Shopping addiction is associated with abnormal levels of depression and anxiety. Addicts tend to shop when feeling depressed or lonely." It is a behavioral addiction, the process of standing in line, hearing the sounds of the cash register, actually sliding your credit card can all be triggers to that euphoric feeling addicts encounter that make it even more desirable. Changing these patients is not as easy as cutting the credit cards, because an addict will find a way to keep it up. By cutting off funds immediately they could turn to theft and other illegal activities. Any addiction needs the help of a trained professional who is experienced in the problem exactly. Support of friends and family are also key elements to understanding the specific causes that lead the patient down this road.