Self Help Groups
You can participate (anonymously) in a self-help group with other individuals who want to address their issues with shoplifting. You will learn that you are not alone with this problem; realize that there are other people who care about what happens to you; allow yourself to listen to the thoughts and feelings of others; ask your own questions; get instant feedback from others who can understand your situation.
Unlike groups for alcohol, drugs, gambling and other addictive problems, people who shoplift are frequently too ashamed or too afraid to reveal themselves. Unfortunately, for this reason, there are not many anonymous and Self-Help Groups readily available in local communities. (Click here for a list of local groups).
As there are not many groups available at this time, there are other things you can do now to help yourself and reduce the possibility of future incidents.
Here is what you can do now, if there are no groups available in your area:
Take an Education Program
Enroll in an Education Program that will give you an understanding of why you have become involved in shoplifting, why you hold on to shoplifting even though it hurts your self-respect, your family, your life and your health, how shoplifting can become addicting and techniques to help you stop now and forever. Education Programs allow you to learn more about how you can stop shoplifting from the privacy of your own home. This is one of the best things you can for yourself. Click here to learn more.
Enroll in Telephone Coaching
Register for a private Telephone Coaching session with a personal coach who is trained to listen to your special situation, answer your questions and offer you immediate understanding and guidance toward full recovery. Click here to learn more.
Participate in a Self-Help Group Conference Call
Call the confidential NASP Help-Line at 1-800-848-9595 (9 to 5 ET) to participate in a Self-Help Group conference call. This choice is available to you only after you have gained a basic understanding of your problem from either the Home-Study Education Program or a Telephone Coaching session.
Get a Referral to Psychotherapist
Call the confidential NASP Helpline at 1-800-848-9595 (9 to 5 ET) to get a referral to a psychotherapist in your area. This referral service is available after completing either the Education Program or a Telephone Coaching session.
Read Psychological Studies
Reference a variety of Psychological Studies in the NASP Learning & Resource Center.
“If you do not change the direction in which you are going,
you will end up where you are headed.”