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Wednesday, November 19, 2008 kjac, Community Member, asks

Q: I am addicted to shoplifting and would like to know if I can schedule a consult with Dr. Drew

I am not sure if Dr. Drew is the answer but I watch celebrity rehab and he appears to be open minded, caring and very knowledgeable on addiction.  I need help or I am am going to end up in prison and loose my husband and my 3 year old twin boys who are the love of my life.  I am an educated, successful, well functioning person in most aspects of my life.  I have my masters degree, I'm a financial planner who makes over $300,000 a year and I have been stealing for over 25 years.  I have been arrested 4X and this past year spent one week in jail.  Unfortunately, I still can't seem to stop.  I have tried traditional therapy many times, tried several types of medication (some such as naltrexone have helped some).  Currently involved with CASA support group on line and a therapist who specializes but I still steal.  I am a smart, logical person but just can't seem to realize that I am going tp go to prison forever if I can't stop.  I need help and don't know who else to contact.  I have stolen everything from groceries to huge pictures.  Let me know if Dr. Drew would be willing to schedule a consultation with him or if he could refer me to any specialist in the united states because I truly need help. 

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Amy Hendel, Health Guide
11/24/08 1:09am
Call your local hospital and simply asked for referral to a therpist who can help with addiction issues. You don;t need a high profile doctor - you just need help locally and immediately. Make the call. Reply
JO, Community Member
11/ 8/12 12:02pm

You have just described myself and if you find answers or the right path for help ...please guide me. I am also educated , have a great job, two beautiful children that I love more than life itself and have faith in god. But continue to risk everything with this addiction that I can not explain. I have been arrested 4 times as well and am currently ready to loose everything in a divorce. All my own doing and do not know where to get help or find answers in myself to stop this madness. i am currently in counseling and continue to look for the right help and need specific help for this type of thinking or not thinking if you will.


JO, Community Member
11/ 8/12 12:11pm

all addiction's have the same foundation , however need specific methods and answers to be succesful in stopping the behaviour and this is what we are missing. We are smart enough to understand the addiction yet powerless to overcome it?

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By kjac, Community Member— Last Modified: 11/08/12, First Published: 11/19/08