Addicted To Shoplifting At 49
(West Olive Mi USA)
I am in the process of regaining my life and my self control, which I came very close to sacrificing due to my addiction to shoplifting.
I was so confused and ashamed. I was powerless to change myself and too humiliated to reach out for the the help I knew I needed. I was completely unaware that there was an addiction factor in my shoplifting and could only attribute it to a loss of good judgement, character and worthlessness. I could not understand why I would risk so much for so little.
I thought no one did the things I was doing. How could I admit how messed up I had become, because on the outside I was a 49 yr old wife and mother of 4, a church member, a volunteer and 4-h leader! It did not make sense!
My lowest point was being arrested and jailed, humiliated and exposed, but I thank God for that now, because I was able to get the help I desperately needed. I am shocked that I was not alone in my destructive behavior, but there are 30 million others just like me!
I was almost relieved to learn it was an addiction, robbing me of my judgement and not just my inability to make good choices. It began to make sense of the out-of-control feeling. Also, I now know what I am up against(addiction) while I achieve the recovery of myself. And with support from my loved ones and a therapist to help me, I am on my way!