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6/18/10 12:41 P

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Paula, you aren't alone. Remember we are here for you. Carol

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6/18/10 11:51 A

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I also agree, hoarding is an addiction.I am trying to break this addicition myself.

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6/17/10 1:29 P

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I was out in the garage yesterday...throwing away things I knew I didn't need or want. It was awful. I have four weeks to complete the task...I am paying for an extra garbage container for that time. They will dump it every Tuesday...I need to fill it. My addiction is making it hard.

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6/17/10 7:31 A

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Well said, Carol. My family is riddled with addiction although each member is managing well. They still attend meetings, including my dad who is about to get his 25 year (sober) chip next year.

I have always known I have a tendency toward depression (dealt with by balancing my body chemistry). When I was 55 I was diagnosed with ADD (same as ADHD minus the hyper part). I am not on ADD medication because I have infrequent stress seizures about once every 12 - 15 months for which I take medication.
I have used buying/acquiring, hoarding, eating, and my computer/tv to the point of addiction in each.

I started this group because I believed I couldn't be the only one coping with these challenges, often to the point of overwhelm. In addition,

I am seeing a therapist who is helping me understand my behavior and my perceptions. He helps me be aware of my fears and how I have let those fears control my life. Finally, he helps me understand what it's going to take to change behaviors which get in the way of living a full life.

I often share what I am learning with our group. Carol is right on about admitting to myself that I am a hoarder and that hoarding affects my quality of life negatively.

The results of my hoarding are overwhelming. It not only affects my self-esteem, but it can affect my health, and my relationships. I can hide in all my stuff, but it doesn't hold me at night. My house can be full, but I often feel empty. I decided I wanted to change that and feel good on the inside.

It's a slow road, a lifetime journey. It is taking me a long time to really understand that the tendancy to hoard will always be there.

When stressed, my hoarding gets worse. I don't like to expose my stress. But my hoarding, spending, overeating (mostly junk food), my time at the tv or computer gives me away.

So, for now I am getting off the computer. 4:30 in the morning... no wonder my stress gets to me.

Goodnight. Talk with you tomorrow.

Lynn

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6/16/10 12:22 P

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I agree. I have a terrible time trying to contol it.

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When you get right down to the basic core of hoarding it has things in common with all addictions, drugs, food, cigarettes(you it the idea). The items we "collect" give us a high but it doesn't last. We need more. AND in the long run it is a destructive behavior because it causes us to hide what we are doing, it cuts us off from others,& affects our health. The first step to kicking the addiction is admitting you have it. You need help & support & that is what our little team is about. Since without others who know what we are going through we would fall back into the addiction & self destruct.
These are my feeling after re-reading alot of posts & taking a hard look at myself. My Dad is an alcoholic(hasn't drank since 1966 but still has the urge. His mom & dad were alcoholics. My brother & sister over indulge in drinks & sometimes drugs. I don't drink nor do drugs. Stopped taking some prescriptions because I was becoming dependent on them. Yes, I went through withdrawal but not as bad has what would have happened if I had become addicted to them. My addiction shows up as hoarding, so I need to expect some withdrawal problems as well as a lifetime struggle to keep it under control.
Carol

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