Did you know that theft can become an addiction? According to WebMD, compulsive disorders can manifest as an addiction to stealing.
If you suffer from low impulse control when it comes to stealing, you may have a disorder that makes it nearly impossible to resist the urge to steal.
How do you become addicted to stealing?
Professionals do not know what causes a stealing addiction, but some influences may make you more likely to develop the habit. Generally, you do not steal valuable items when you steal due to an addiction. You steal because of the urge. You may feel pleasure after the act of stealing and even if you have guilt, you may be unable to stop yourself from stealing again.
Those who do not have balanced hormone levels may be unable to regulate moods and emotions. When you cannot regulate your feelings, you have a higher risk of developing impulsive behaviors. People who struggle with addiction can develop a pleasant sensation when you steal. If you feel as though stealing fills an emotional void, you may have an addiction.
How can you treat the addiction?
If you have low impulse control or struggle with stealing, treatments may be available to you. Treatment generally includes medication and psychotherapy. For example, in cognitive-behavioral therapy, a therapist may help you address why you steal. He or she can help you identify triggers and help desensitize you so you can live a normal life.
In addition to therapy, you may require selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs to restore your brain’s chemical balance.