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Help for Hoarding and AddictionNot all hoarders have homes like the ones you see on television; however, the issues are generally similar. Hoarding is a compulsive behavior that causes people to obsessively collect items that they don’t need. This collection usually begins to impair their ability to live normal lives and can also negatively impact those around them. Similar to a substance abuse problem, hoarding can lead to destructive behaviors.

Signs of Hoarding

Hoarding is an obvious problem to most people; however, certain early behaviors can help you determine if you or your loved one are making decisions that lead to becoming a compulsive hoarder. These signs can include the following:

  • Cluttering spaces – Places such as kitchens, hallways and bedrooms that are intended for regular use become areas to hoard items. This can be a sign of this compulsive disorder. When it becomes impossible to navigate through a home because of the mess, then it is likely a hoarding situation.
  • Making decisions – It can be difficult for hoarders to make a decision regarding their possessions because they are likely to experience feelings of anxiety if they get rid of something that they feel they could use.
  • Collecting useless items – Collecting useless items is another symptom of hoarding. This is not the same as a hobby such as a stamp collection but is a compulsion that is on a much larger, unhealthy scale.
  • Avoiding social scenes – Hoarders can quickly become resistant to the idea of having people in their homes or trying to navigate out of their houses to see others. They can easily become embarrassed and stressed because of their compulsive behaviors.

Treatment Options for Hoarding

Because hoarding is similar to addiction, many programs include key components of substance abuse treatment to help a hoarder recover. Hoarding is seen as a psychological problem just like addiction, making it easier to address these issues through therapy and counseling. Some treatment options include the following:

  • Individual therapy to address personal issues that might be causing feelings of compulsion
  • Group therapy to talk with other hoarders about personal experiences to gain and provide support
  • Prescription medication to help a hoarder be able to regain control of his or her behavior
  • Family counseling to help the hoarders and their families learn how to move past this time and prevent obsessive-compulsive behavior from reemerging

Hoarders can either find treatment in an outpatient or inpatient treatment facility, where, depending on the severity of their behaviors, they can get the treatment they need in order to gain the mental stability to move forward. Learning how to cope with the need to hoard will teach a person to confront their issues rather than mask them.

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