Stealing to Fund an Addiction? How to Break the Cycle

  • “Man in court for stealing meat to fund drug addiction” – Solihull News
  • “Bank worker jailed for stealing £127,000 to fund gambling addiction” – Birmingham Live
  • “Drug user broke into a house and stole cherished jewellery to fund his addiction” – Leicestershire Live
  • “Budding actress stole phone at the cinema to fund drug addiction” – Herald.ie
  • “Man stole from parents’ South Shields home to fund Valium addiction” – The Shields Gazette
  • “Shoplifter stealing to feed drug addiction” – Herald.ie
  • “Firm’s chief finance officer stole £1million from employers to fund online gambling addiction” – The Mirror
  • “Man in court after stealing headphones to fund his drink addiction” – Examiner Live

It’s a familiar story across the nation: local and national media reports about people stealing to fund an addiction. Local journalists cover the latest court convictions. National press report on crimes where many thousands or even millions of pounds have been stolen. Acquisitive crime (defined as an offence where the offender derives material gain) involves people from all walks of life – white-collar workers, homeless men and women, students, executives and employees. Where addiction is the reason for committing a crime, people of all backgrounds and ages can turn to offending to fund their addiction. Crimes include shoplifting, robbery, mugging, domestic or aggravated burglary, handling stolen goods, fraud, embezzlement and identity crime.

When people have been stealing to fund an addiction, news reports often conclude with remarks from the sentencing judge – including the impact and severity of the crime, as well as the sentence that is given. Mostly, this is where the media interest in the story ends.

But what do you do if you have been stealing to fund an addiction? Are you becoming aware of the serious consequences? If so, who can you tell and where can you get help? To break the cycle of addiction, please contact Addiction Helper. We will help you to take the first steps towards your recovery. Our service is confidential and we have a freephone number you can call. You can also message us via live chat or email.

The Consequences of Stealing to Fund an Addiction

As addictions progress, there are usually more and more consequences that build up – including damage to health, relationships and opportunities in life. In the case of stealing to fund an addiction, you may realise that you’re also risking your livelihood, reputation, family security and your personal liberty.

It’s really common to feel conflicted about what’s happening – perhaps you feel guilty or regretful about causing harm to other people, whilst still experiencing overwhelming compulsions to steal more to fund your addiction. Whether or not you’ve been caught or convicted, if you’re reading this you are probably aware that your addiction is now out of control. This is the most important thing to understand about addictive disorders – over time, most addicts lose the ability to choose when or how much to use. Whether you’re addicted to alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, food, gaming or shopping – the addictive substance or process needs to be funded somehow. Often people exhaust their personal means to pay for their addiction before turning to crime. However much you might want to stop, stealing can become as compulsive as the addiction itself.

Please be assured that Addiction Helper will not judge your situation. We understand that nobody ever sets out to get addicted, nor do people aim to end up stealing to fund an addiction. In treatment for addiction, many recovering addicts say that stealing was something they never thought they would do. Yet, as their addiction took over their life, they found themselves doing things they previously would have never considered doing.

In your recovery from addiction, there will be a chance to put right the things you regret. Firstly, you need to get well, to put an end to active addiction and the destructive patterns that feed into it.

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At Addiction Helper, we have helped over 10,000 people to find the right addiction treatment. When people contact us, most say they have done things they regret in addiction but they just don’t know how to stop. They reach a point where they are willing to accept help from addiction professionals.

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