Build a support system. Stay connected to people who will help you as you change the way you deal with money. Seek advice and support from friends and counselors. Start a journal. Affirm the positive changes you notice in your life. Trust that God will complete the good work He has started in you.

Adapted from Addicted to Shopping and Other Issues Women Have with Money, copyright 2005 by Karen O'Connor. Published by Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, Or.,

Karen O' Connor is a sought-after speaker, writing consultant, and the award-winning author of 40 books, including Getting' Old Ain't for Wimps; Help, Lord! I'm Having a Senior Moment (more than 100,000 copies sold) Basket of Blessings, and In Step with Your Stepchildren. She has appeared on national radio and television programs such as The 700 Club, 100 Huntley Street, Life-Style Magazine, and the Sally Jessy Raphael Show.