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Senior Addicts

November 12, 2012 9:31 pm0 commentsViews: 35
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c223A9tQQ29996E2.medIt seems every time you turn around there is another young person entering rehab. But addiction isn’t only for the young.

I know you are thinking prescription drugs, but you would be wrong. All those meds you see in an older person’s home are desperately needed. As our bodies begin to wear out it takes more and more to keep us going.

Anyway, this is a story about Sally (not her real name). It all started when she decided to downsize. She was going to take all those beautiful crystal pieces, Lenox china and sterling silver and give them to her family and friends. But her children and grandchildren declined her generous offer. They preferred clean lines and less fuss, and wanted their homes to express their personalities.

That’s when Sally discovered the local consignment shop. She took her treasures and turned them into cash. And that was the beginning of her addiction.

Every 30 days she received a check for the items that were sold. As the checks began to slow down, she gathered more stuff and made more trips to the Consignment Shop. Each time the checks dwindled she searched her home for more things to sell.

The vicious cycle began. First a lamp—did she really need that much light? Then her new dishes—after all, paper plates were easier. But the worst was yet to come. On one of her many visits to the consignment shop, the salesgirl admired her purse. Without a second thought she emptied it and put it up for consignment. As she left the shop with her belongings in a plastic bag, she realized she may have gone too far. She decided to stay away from the consignment shop.

As all addicts know, it just isn’t that easy. Spring was in the air and yard sales started popping up all over. Sally decided to have a yard sale—or two, or three. She could cut out the middleman and make even more money!

As her yard sale progressed and her plastic bag purse became filled with money, she began searching for more things to sell. She ran into her house retrieving clothes, jewelry, and even her crock pot. She began to realize things were getting out of hand. When a customer admired her husband’s hat and she sold it right off his head, she knew she had crossed the line.

Sally is currently serving time at her church’s weekly dinners, delivering Meals on Wheels, and teaching Sunday School. Her family is hoping this rehab will keep her so busy that she won’t have time for any more consignment shops or yard sales. Addictions can be cured.