Here comes the holiday season: a time of wonder, thanksgiving, appreciation, love, miracles, celebration, generosity, rebirth and renewal. Are you one of those people who love the holiday season or hate it? Or a little of both? Why or why not?
Join, Terrence Shulman Founder/Director of the Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft, Spending and Hoarding, and a self-proclaimed “recovering Scrooge” for a discussion on coping with holiday stress and addictions.
A combination of difficult memories, potentially stressful family gatherings, and pressures to buy, spend, shop and “be cheery” take a toll on a lot of folks. Research shows that addictions and addiction relapses increase dramatically during the period between November and January. Most are aware that eating, drinking, drugging, and even gambling all escalate.
But four other pitfalls which are less often noted reach epidemic proportions during the holiday season: compulsive shopping/spending, shoplifting and employee theft, and hoarding disorder. Increasingly, these four issues have crept into the headlines over the last decade or so; at their core, as with all addictions, what often drives these behaviors are misguided beliefs around happiness, satisfaction, abundance and fairness.
Terrence Shulman is an attorney, therapist and consultant in Detroit, Michigan. He is the founder and director of The Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft, Spending and Hoarding. Shulman has also authored four books, including Cluttered Lives, Empty Souls: Compulsive Stealing, Spending and Hoarding (2011, Infinity Publishing). For further information, he may be reached through his website: www.theshulmancenter.com
Please join us for this informative program on Coping with Holiday Stress and Addictions. Register at the Adult Service desk or call the library at 734-426-4477.