I also lead a support group for shopping addicts. My frustration: members wanting to progress, take action to decrease and change behavior BUT they don’t put in the work.
For example: Between group sessions, work is assigned: Look at your triggers- what’s happening when you have the urge to shop, what do you notice about why you shop, etc. When I mention the homework at the start of the session, I am often met with blank stares: Oh, I forgot. Oh yeah, no- didn’t do it. How to fix: People need to take responsibility and do the hard work if they want to progress.
Contributor: Laura MacLeod