Addiction series: hoarding

Antonia Gutierrez, Staff Writer

Hoarding is classified as an addiction, yet it is a serious problem that not a lot of people know about. According to “Addiction Campuses,” 2% to 5% of people suffer from hoarding disorder.
It can become a very dark and difficult time for those who suffer from this.
Hoarding can lead to addictions like substance abuse. Substances like alcohol and drugs can help people feel better about themselves.
Those who struggle with hoarding experience compulsive behaviors the most obvious one being that they will refuse to get rid of their stuff.
Denial and creating excuses for their action are also common symptoms.
In some serious cases, people will become so reluctant to clean their homes up that they isolate themselves.
They become so isolated that they sometimes pass away in their own home, and no one knows about it for a long time. This is especially true if they have no friends or family.
It can take up to years for their bodies to be found.
Many people become too attached that it is physically and psychologically hard for them.
The show “Hoarders” has helped shed some light on this issue. It shows just how difficult it can be for personal suffering and for friends and family.
It’s not always trash that is hoarded or clothing. Some people hoard because they believe that the apocalypse will come, and they want to prepare for that.
Some people have an attachment to objects from their childhood, or if a family member died, they can become attached to their belongings.
In some extreme cases, there have been people who hoard dead animals because they think they are protecting them.
If you know someone or if you need help, it is important to reach out.
Most hoarders don’t look for help until it is too late. For example, they won’t act until the city or town officials have come into their come threatening to condemn their home or property.
Sadly, some never get the help that they need.
Although hoarding is not described as an addiction, there are some similarities.
It is still very important for people to become aware of their problems and seek help.
On the lighter side of this issue, many people self-diagnose themselves as hoarders.
Some people truly feel like they can’t stop themselves from buying more shoes or clothing. Others like to collect things that they swear will become valuable in the future.
Some people will find excuses and reasons as to why they buy what they buy.
One way to help with this situation is by donating things that you have not used in months.
It is said that if you haven’t used it in six months, there’s a high likelihood that you will never use it.
Or if you want to make or get back some of the money that you might have lost, you can sell it. If it is something new, you can also regift it to a family member or friend.
If you get rid of some of your stuff, it will make room for new stuff that you can buy. That’s how I like to think.