Retail therapy is seen as a way to relieve stress while having fun at local shops and malls. However, for some people shopping is more than a leisurely activity, and it can become an unhealthy addiction just like drugs or alcohol.
Oxygen Media announced that a new docu-series will take a close look at the lives of people who have been affected with such a disease. "My Shopping Addiction" follows the life of a different addict each week dwelling deep into each young adult's life, exploring why they have addictions, what the exact addiction is and how it affects those around them.
Stories include the tale of a heiress who spends $30,000 a month and a woman who will only purchase designer labels. After looking at the lives of each subject, she will face her problem head on with a clinical psychologist. Viewers will watch the road to recovery, and can probably even expect "catch up" shows later in the season.
Heather is the first subject who inherited a massive amount of money from her grandmother 10 years ago and since cannot stop shopping. Her addiction is so out of control that she could run out of money in only five years, despite the large amount in her bank account. In contrast it will also feature Roshanda who doesn't have money to spend on her addiction, but borrows from family and friends so she can "pack" her home with a variety of items from the 99 cent store.
Think Horders meets Confessions of a Shopaholic. My Shopping Addiction premieres Tuesday Oct. 9 at 10/9c on Oxygen.