The Consequences Of Addictive Behavior

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buying it," even though he knows he cannot afford to pay for it, is a classic example. Even though the consequences may have severe effects on his daily life, the compulsive consumer buys anyway. As a result, normal activities such as opening the mail take on new meaning. For many compulsive shoppers there is a constant fear of being confronted by another large bill. Many try to hide both the bills and the items purchased for fear of being discovered. In some instances, people have even engaged in criminal activities in order to pay for their bills and maintain their line of credit. The behaviors of the compulsive consumer seem fairly similar to common manifestations of addictive behavior. However, the definition of the term "addiction," is
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