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<strong>I have listened to people with alcohol and/or drug addictions. Much of what I have heard here sounds very much the same as they say.</strong>

I have noticed the same thing myself. I am not sure if I could go so far as saying people can be addicted to credit cards. But I
am sure that using cards (i.e. buying things) might be able to satisfy some short term need in some people that helps them hide
from some problem.

I my view, in order to overcome any problem, addiction or other, you must first recognize there is a problem, face the fact that
only you can fix the problem by changing yourself or situtation, take the actions to change yourself or situation and be willing to
accept the fact you may even fail a few times before you fully succeed. One last thing I think is beneficial is what I have learned
here. Share you experience so that others can benefit from it.

Actually, what you just described is the 12-step program itself. Recognize the problem, admit it, take action, share the hope. I'm missing some steps, but the idea is sound.

I actually mentioned this similarity in one of my first posts--that talking to people here had a similar effect to going to an ___ Anonymous meeting, in that you could discuss the issues and problems with others who had gone through similar trials, and would not judge you, but instead give you supportive feedback. That is a *very* powerful experience!

Interestingly, there is a strong correlation between those with other addictions (drugs, alcohol, food) and *compulsive spending*. In our culture, we try to fill voids with *things*, and that means spending money, often without thought. Which is not to say that if you spend money, you're "addicted", but that if you already have an "addictive personality", you may be more prone to compulsive spending, and to be careful.

-lalcorn, been away too long...
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