Addicted to Stealing

Addicted to Stealing

Fact Checker: Are you or someone you know addicted to stealing?

People can suffer from many types of addictions. While the most known are the addictions caused by a strong dependence to a substance (drug and/or alcohol), there are some called "process addictions" because they are an addiction to an act or behavior. Are you addicted to stealing?

Process addictions are different and that is probably why some people doubt their reality. Truth is, through several studies, Psychiatrist have been able to find evidence that process addictions are real because they are provoked by a strong, repetitive, compulsive self-destructive behavior.

Some of the most well-known process addictions are to gambling and being addicted to stealing.

Stealing is a common problem of today's society. It presents itself in many ways and ranging from petty theft to grand-scale robbery. However, small stealing (sometimes of things that are not even valuable) can affect individuals by making them unable to resist the urge to take something.

Stealing addictions in adults has a wide number of consequences ranging from social embarrassment to incarceration and having a criminal record.

Being addicted to stealing, (which is a bit different than kleptomania), is a type of disorder that is often provoked by a lack of emotional and/or behavioral control. When you suffer from this type of addiction, there is a strong difficulty resisting the act, even if one is "aware" that it is harmful or incorrect.

While being addicted to stealing can bring a lot of embarrassment to those who suffer from it and the people around them, stealing addictions in adults are quite common and often need treatment to be able to be controlled.

Addiction treatment for compulsive stealing is recommended and needed when an individual starts showing symptoms. These signs for being addicted to stealing can appear as:

  • The compulsive stealing act is having a negative impact in someone's life
  • The sealing persists despite the fact that one has been confronted with the issue
  • There is strange pleasure from the fact of stealing
  • Feelings of anxiety or tension that lead up to the theft
  • The times either have no value or the person can actually afford them
  • Feelings of guilt after the fact

Stealing addictions in adults can and should be treated when they first appear. Addiction treatment for compulsive stealing is available from many rehabilitation centers and therapists, and in some cases, depending on whether or not it has a co-occurring disorder, can involve medication.

The important thing about stopping the addiction soon, is that it can prevent the individual from falling into legal trouble.

While some can imagine that being addicted to stealing is simple, or that it's a way of releasing anxiety, the harm that this type of addiction can bring is great. Having to pay a fine or being forbidden entry at a store can be small when compared to having to deal with court dates, expenditure of money, probation or even jail time.

The National Association of Shoplifting Prevention estimates that 1 out of 11 people shoplift. That means around 23 million people in the U.S. can be suffering from this addiction.

When one is addicted, it is important to receive addiction treatment for compulsive stealing as soon as possible. There is no reason to be ashamed about it, rather act and take control of the situation.

Many adults addicted to stealing seek the help of therapists in order to treat their disorder. With therapy, they can identify the emotional baggage behind the uncontrolled behavior. In addition, people in recovery can also take advantage of support groups and organizations that are able and willing to help them.

These groups will often support by emphasizing the personal responsibility and accountability for one's action when stealing.

The good news is that you don't have to suffer from a compulsive disorder like stealing forever. You can reach out and get the help you need to regain control of your life. Call Drug Treatment Centers Sarasota today at (941) 866-2996 and one of our experts will assist you in taking the necessary first step into a healthier you.

 

Sources:

https://blogs.psychcentral.com/mental-health-awareness/2015/03/stopping-your-addiction-to-stealing/

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/what-the-wild-things-are/201107/gains-and-losses-helping-people-stop-stealing

https://www.addictionpro.com/article/understanding-theft-overspending-and-hoarding

 

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