Woman's Shopping Addiction Revealed in New Series

"My Shopping Addiction" follows compulsive shoppers as they struggle to fight the urge to buy.
3:00 | 11/12/12

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love. AND YOU CAN see McConaughey next year. Shoppers especially important when they head into the holidays for the temptation to spend more than they can afford. Abc's abbie boudreau brings us one woman's story. Average price I spend on a pair of jeans is usual $150 to $300. And I have at least 100 pairs. Reporter: Tonya is one of the nearly 18 million shopaholics in america. So upset, he drains his parent's savings. Handbags and shoes are like designer drugs for a recovering shopping addict sarah downey. Was that your rock bottom? That was my ultimate high. At certain locations you will see very affluent women jumping into dumpsters as well. It's always like you're getting a high from talking about dumpster diving. Yeah, I love it. Reporter: Sarah spending thousands of dollars over four years. You know, it's not very good, but, you know. Reporter: Sarah's wake-up call was delivered in the tv show "my shopping addiction." What do you think the value of all of these purses together is? 20,000. You're 32, you have no savings, you're broke. And you're like, wow, you know, that hurts. How do you really know if you have a problem with shopping? It's a problem when you look at three major areas. Is it causing financial problems? Problem number two, your relationships. Number three, time. Reporter: Sarah spent time on personal relationships. The psychologist had her donate merchandise and keep only what she needs. In the last months I've probably only shopped five times. You pretty much went cold turkey. Reporter: Now when sarah cruises stores there's no impulse to buy. I kind of walk in and it's like I don't have the time anymore. Reporter: But still temptation. These red shoes are pretty awesome. I'd love to have these, but i don't need them. Standing near these bags do you sort of want to dig in but you're okay? No, I stopped at the purses. Sarah is done with baggage. Reporter: Dumping the emotional baggage may be a struggle as sarah dreams of opening up her own store. And "my shopping addiction" airs monday nights on oxygen.

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