When viewing the slides on drugs and addiction, I thought about shopaholics. I found an article, which I have linked below, that goes into the story of a woman who is addicted to shopping. Ginger Logan-Cannon is about $150,000 in debt due to her addiction and even frequently takes out of her 401k to help fund her addiction. It is heartbreaking how this is ruining her life and she may one day may not be able to afford to retire because of this addiction. Her marriage had even been suffering from her addiction issue. Logan-Cannon described how great of a feeling she gets when she shops. This is because when some people shop the receptors in their brain release dopamine and endorphins which gives them this rush of pleasure, same as other addictions such as gambling. Since shopping addiction can be hard to identify, I copied and pasted the signs the article described:
- The biggest tell-tale sign is that you're having financial difficulty, or are leaning in that direction.
- Outrageous bills for extravagant items that you don't really need.
- Hiding your spending from family and others.
- Being constantly preoccupied with material goods. -- you just can't hold yourself back from them.