Americans of all ages and ethnicities and income groups have become embroiled in a nightmare world of towering obligations, and debt relief seems ever more difficult to come by. Fortunately, during this time of national crisis, our country seems to be experiencing a sort of spiritual rebirth, stressing traditional values above crass materialism, but, at the same time, for people who’ve grown used to impulse binges and buying sprees, a change of behavior might be easier romanticized than accomplished over the long haul.

According to the statistics gathered by the United States Department of the Treasury in conjunction with the lending community, nearly six percent of adult Americans report some degree of psychological compulsion with regards to their purchasing. While the degree of the individual problems varies greatly from the case of ordinary shopaholic (jostling bills to avoid bankruptcy for credit card debt relief) to the truly pathological spendthrifts who’ve filled garages and basements and even rental lofts with the detritus that accompanies foolish over consumption, the same counsel readily applies.

Morgan DuBois, author of the self help guide Debt Settlement Is Always In Fashion, has this advice to give problem purchasers: “Men and women who know that they’re prone to credit card debt spending have to learn the true reasons behind their addictions if they wish to really get to the bottom of the underlying causes and help resolve them to stop the cycle of aberrant behavior.” Her tome not only addresses the mental health issues that arguably have spurred forward the drive toward nearly insurmountable credit card debt loans – and the subsequent credit card debt relief measures taken out by the afflicted consumers – but also the potential avenues toward amelioration of the surrounding predicament.

As DuBois illuminates within her book, the shopping addiction has one crucial benefit when compared to gambling or narcotics: at the moment you realize you have a problem, you can actually work to immediately correct the damage the former patterns have wrought. Since the worst practitioners of the buy now and pay later philosophy tend to feature superlative wardrobes still festooned with price tags or DVDs with plastic wrap still set tight, reparations for past sins should be a darn sight easier than trying to return a failed roulette wager or drug score. DuBois recommends returning everything conceivable, even those items truly desired, as the first step on the road to recovery.

Remember, even if the clothes have been worn and the box sets opened – or, as so often happens, the proof of purchase has vanished from some prior stint of self doubt, burning evidence of misdeeds – all isn’t necessarily lost. Web sites such as Craigslist or Ebay now provide online auctions as means through which consumers can quickly come up with some funds to pay back down the larger debt balances and start the process of debt relief.

Furthermore, even beyond the undeniably useful aspects of amassing the resources necessary for restitution, there’s an additional emotional reward to ridding yourself of all the tangible reminders of former mistakes. “That’s the worst part about credit card debt,” DuBois sighs, “the regrets afterwards. It’s just like dating. There are always so many choices you don’t want, but, after a while, you just get bored and pull out the plastic.”

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Cole Collins is a freelance writer in the field of personal finance with a concentration in consumer debt relief. For Help with debt please visit