Reading about Internet shopping addiction can help those who have it recognize the signs and start the healing process.
Talk to a licensed therapist or addiction specialist.
Shopaholics Anonymous, Debtors Anonymous, and Spenders Anonymous offer support. Calderon also suggests learning more about "simplicity circles," a social movement geared toward living a downsized, meaningful life.
Mounting debt can be a source of stress that exacerbates overspending rather than curbs it. A financial advisor can devise a budget, and a credit counselor can help eliminate debt.
When there's a genetic predisposition to addiction or underlying issues of depression and anxiety, medication can be helpful.
Pay attention to emotions, recognize triggers and breathe consciously when you experience the urge to shop online. Work through the impulse without giving in to it.
Pursue other interests
To overcoming the cycle of addiction, cultivate hobbies, exercise, eat right, build relationships, reconnect to spirituality and be of service to others.
Because Internet shopping is often a solitary activity, Calderon suggests going shopping with someone else. Having an accountability partner can help you to be honest with yourself.
Cutting up or canceling credit cards (shopping online is impossible without them), decreasing your credit card limit, installing software that blocks access to specific sites, and even giving control of your finances to a spouse, financial professional or other trustworthy individual can be useful stopgap measures.