Most people work to be financially secure. The goal is to make enough money to be able to take care of their family, their monthly expenses and have a little left over for fun. For some, the need to make money overrides their ability to see that their needs are met and that they truly do have enough. Remember the children's cartoons featuring Scrooge McDuck? Every day more and more people become so addicted to making money and having money that they become a lot like Scrooge, rolling in cash while drowning in a sea of unhappiness.
Many money addicts, like those with a chemical addiction, need that next payout, that next deposit to feel good about themselves. Once that amount hits the bank if it's not bigger than the one before they feel cheated and disappointed. They become more determined than ever to increase their cash flow, just like an alcoholic hunts down a drink or a drug addict chases their next fix.
An addiction to money falls into the category of what is known as a process addiction. Process addictions lack the physical dependence of a chemical addiction, like drugs or alcohol, but exhibit the same physical and mental markers that a chemical addiction does. The addict, when forced to stop their addictive behavior, may have physical withdrawal symptoms like sweating, shaking, nausea, vomiting or headaches. They may be unable to focus, to eat or to sleep. If you need a psychologist in Charlotte, NC, please call Legacy Freedom.
For many of those who are addicted to money, it's not just the money itself that is addictive. It's also the lifestyle that comes with having money. Lavish trips, expensive gifts, luxury cars, beautiful homes, and other high-end material possessions and experiences become directly tied to their self-worth. Defined by the role their money plays in their life as the big spender, the high-powered earner, the rich man/woman, or the wealthy benefactor, those who are addicted to money begin to lose their identity in the process of accumulating more wealth to support their lux lifestyle and their public persona.
Like any other addiction, an addiction to money can stem from several underlying causes like:
- Childhood trauma or abuse
- Low self-esteem
Treating the root causes of process addictions and helping the person learn healthy coping behaviors is the cornerstone of our holistic approach to mental health at Legacy Freedom of Charlotte. If you, or someone you love, are addicted to money, we can help.
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By using a holistic approach to mental health we place the focus on the individual and the cause of their process addiction. Addressing and healing the co-occurring conditions helps them begin to heal. Our dedicated care team of clinicians, therapists, and staff assist in creating a care plan that puts you and your needs at the center focus. We believe in healing body, mind and spirit. Through nutrition and exercise, our staff dietician and physical therapist will heal the damage that overworking, stress and anxiety can do to your body.
Together with our team of therapists you will work to heal your mind and uncover the root of your addiction in one-on-one sessions and through group therapy. Finding peer support in group therapy helps you continue your healing process and extends your network of support beyond the walls of our outpatient facility. Healing your spirit comes through our use of alternative therapies like equine therapy, adventure therapy, and inner child work. With more than ten different therapies to choose from, you and your care team are sure to find something that sparks your interest and helps your spirit heal.
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