In Remembrance of 9/11/01
Shulman's 4th book Cluttered Lives, Empty Souls: Compulsive Stealing, Spending
and Hoarding is published. See www.clutteredlives.com for info
Shulman was a guest on Canadian Broadcast Corporation's radio show
"The Current" See: www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episodewww.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2011/08/01/shoplifting/
1-Mr. Shulman had a featured article
on hoarding disorder in Together Arizona magazine. See: http://togetheraz.com/aug11/clutteredlives.html
Shulman was a guest on Canada's radio station from Vancouver, about
and see 8/12/11 at 2pm EST.
Shulman is featured in September Allure Magazine (p.114) on shoplifting
Shulman is working with Anderson Cooper on a segment about shoplifting
Shulman discusses compulsive theft, spending and hoarding on metro-Detroit
cable station WADL's "Schwartz's Law" program.
Shulman interviewed via Skype on shopping addiction for The Daily.
Shulman to be interview on Michigan Entrepreneur network.
Shulman speaks on compulsive shopping/hoarding at Inner Wisdom, Southfield,
Shulman speaks on hoarding disorder at Franklin Public Library, Franklin,
MR. SHULMAN'S NEW BOOK
Mr. Shulman's 4th
book Cluttered Lives, Empty Souls: Compulsive Stealing, Spending
and Hoarding is now available for purchase at www.clutteredlives.com
or by contacting Mr. Shulman directly.
CONFERENCE OCTOBER 1st! 30 people registered; we have room for 20 more!
The Shulman Center
will conduct an all-day conference in Detroit Saturday October 1, 2011. The
Third International Conference on Compulsive Theft, Spending and Hoarding
will cover shoplifting addiction, kleptomania, employee theft, compulsive
shopping/overspending, and hoarding/cluttering disorders. Fee is $150
(includes breakfast & lunch). Space is filling fast! See: http://www.theshulmancenter.com/conference11.htm.
BOOK OF THE MONTH: See www.clutteredlives.com
9/11: REMEMBERING THE FALLEN:
Where were you the
morning of Tuesday September 11, 2001? Like me and most of us, I bet that's
a date and time few of us will forget. I was on the tail-end of a very
difficult period of transition in my life. Earlier that year, I'd quit my
job as the director of a counseling clinic to finish writing my first book
"Something for Nothing: Shoplifting Addiction and Recovery" and
to launch my own private practice. By mid-2011, I was broke and having
panic attacks, wondering what would become of my hopes and dreams.
Fortunately, I had returned to therapy and had reestablished some semblance
of groundedness when those planes hit those towers. I was working at the
counseling clinic I had left and come back to. I can only imagine what
those clients in early treatment and recovery must have felt as we turned
on the TV and watched in shock what unfolded.
In those few
hours, life as we knew it changed. Pearl Harbor must have been a shock but
the attack on 9/11 was even more shocking. And as the 10th anniversary
approaches, I feel called to remember the fallen--those 3,000 souls who
died in the attacks as well as the family and friends of those fallen. And
I weep for our nation, or world, as we began the 21st century with such
violence and counter-violence--a reign of terror and war on terror over the
last decade has claimed scores of lives and left untold trauma on us all.
Now, here we are--10 years later: a financially bankrupt country, thousands
dead, and still in a war with no end in sight. Here we are... wondering if
we'll be attacked again and, if so, how badly. We lost more than lives on
9/11, we lost a part of our soul. We came together for a short time and, I
suspect, we'll do so again to mark the 10th Anniversary; yet, it seems we
have also met the enemy and it is us. We are in a sort of Civil War among
ourselves in our politics and in our souls.
May we remember
the fallen... and that includes us all.
REMEMBERING RINA L.
It is with deep
shock and sadness that I share the recent passing of a good friend and
fellow recovering shoplifter, Rina L. from the Los Angeles area. Rina was
in her early 50's and was very active yet suffered a severe brain aneurysm
and fell into a coma. With friends and family who flew in from Malaysia by
her side, she was taken off life support and transitioned peacefully. Rina
and I first met in 2004 when she called me for help with her shoplifting
addiction. Her story is in my most recent book, Cluttered Lives, Empty Souls. I got to
meet Rina several times over the years when I visited my younger brother in
the L.A. area. Rina started a chapter of C.A.S.A. (Cleptomaniacs And
Shoplifters Anonymous) nearly 4 years ago. I attended the meeting anytime I
was in town. I was in awe of her leadership and how the group grew in
numbers and in power. It was not uncommon for 20-30 members to show up for
the Sunday afternoon meeting. I was looking forward to a possible visit
this coming October. Rina was also a good friend and support to my brother,
Sam. She beamed with life and light. She inspired others to seek recovery
and joy and walked the walk. I will miss her. You won't be forgotten Rina.
May you rest assured, our meeting is in good hands and your love and caring
will never leave us.
DEBTORS ANONYMOUS WORLD CONFERENCE IN
I attended the fellowship portion of the
Debtors Anonymous World Conference on Saturday August 20th here in my
hometown of Detroit. The several day conference was organized and attended
primarily by GSR's (general service representatives) of the various Debtors
Anonymous chapters in North America. I was told that about 120 GSRs
attended the conference to vote on various business matters and to network
and share inspiration. I
sat in on an open meeting and open talk and was moved by a middle-aged
woman from Chicago's share about how it took her years to come to terms
with her debting and 7 years to get out of debt. She also spoke about
emotional and spiritual restitution and how everything is energy, including
money, and how she's more balanced with her energy in recovery. See www.debtorsanonymous.org
ADDICTION STUDIES INSTITUTE IN COLUMBUS,
I drove about four hours south from
Detroit to Columbus, Ohio on Friday August 19th to attend the third and
final day of the 21st Annual Addiction Studies Institute. I met Curt Brown,
one of the conference's founders and was told that there were about 1,000
conference attendees this year. I gave him a brochure and business card and
told him about the unique work I'm doing and he told me they've never had
any presentations on compulsive theft, spending or hoarding and to submit a
proposal to present next year. I plan to do so. While at the conference I
met many nice people from across the U.S. and attended three decent seminars
on addiction and recovery. See www.addictionsstudiesinstitute.com
INTERNATIONALa 2010 ANNUAL THEFT SURVEY RESULTS!
1 Million Shoplifters & Dishonest Employees Apprehended in 2010 by 23
Wesley Chapel, FL — Shoplifters and
dishonest employees stole over $7.0 billion in 2010 from just 23 major
retailers, according to the 23rd Annual Retail Theft Survey conducted by
Jack L. Hayes International, the leading loss prevention and inventory
shrinkage control consulting firm. These 23 surveyed retailers apprehended
over 1 million shoplifters and dishonest employees in 2010 and recovered
more than $148 million from these thieves.
"For the first time in over 10
years, total shoplifter and dishonest employee apprehensions, and the dollars
recovered from those apprehensions all declined from the previous
year", said Mark R. Doyle, President of Jack L. Hayes International.
"While surveyed retailers made almost a million shoplifting
apprehensions, apprehended over 69,000 dishonest employees, and recovered
over $148 million from these thieves in 2010, these numbers are all down
slightly from the previous year. It appears the economy, fewer store
employees, and less Loss Prevention staffing all played a role in these
results." Mr. Doyle added, "Both shoplifting and employee theft
continue to plague the retail industry, which results in higher prices to
the consumer and can force companies to close unprofitable stores."
Highlights from this highly anticipated
annual theft survey include:
23 large retail companies with 19,104 stores and over $632 billion in
retail sales (2010).
1,029,276 shoplifters and dishonest employees were apprehended in
2010, down 3.8% from 2009.
Dollars: Over $148 million was recovered from apprehended shoplifters
and dishonest employees in 2010, down 7.3% from 2009.
Apprehensions: 959,903 shoplifters were apprehended in 2010, down 4.1%
Recovery Dollars: Over $104 million was recovered from apprehended
shoplifters in 2010, a decline 4.7% from 2009. An additional $33
million was recovered in 2010 from shoplifters where no apprehension
was made, up a substantial 16.4% from 2009.
Apprehensions: 69,373 dishonest employees were apprehended in 2010,
down 0.4% from 2009.
Recovery Dollars: Over $44 million was recovered from employee
apprehensions in 2010, down 12.7% from 2009.
- On a
per company basis, one in every 33.2 employees was apprehended for
theft from their employer in 2010. (Based on over 2.8 million
- On a
per case average, dishonest employees steal 5.9 times the amount
stolen by shoplifters ($639.99 vs $108.46).
Jack L. Hayes International, Inc. has
been in the Loss Prevention/Shrinkage Control consulting business for over
30 years, and is recognized on an international level as the foremost loss
prevention and inventory shrinkage control consulting firm in the world.
For more information on the survey/to contact Jack Hayes, see: http://www.hayesinternational.com/thft_srvys.html
ALLURE MAGAZINE ARTICLE ON SHOPLIFTING-ADDICTED MOMS
I was interviewed
for an article that appears in this month's Allure Magazine entitled
"Stealing Beauty" about mothers who shoplift for various reasons
but, especially, for the high and for seeking something that is missing in
their lives. The article is decent, though I wish more of my interview had
been included. Instead, the article spotlight a professor and author of a
new book on the cultural history of shoplifting, Rachel Shteir, who--in
full disclosure--I have little respect for. Ms. Shteir, in my opinion, does
a disservice to the very people about whom and for whom this article was
written. The article reads:
For her part,
Shteir is critical of efforts to categorize shoplifting as an addiction.
During th 19th century, she says, when the first big American department
stores were becoming popular, shoplifters would have spoken not of
psychiatric symptoms, but of a fetish for beautiful objects, of things they
had to have. "Now people connect their desire to steal to a personal
trauma or divorce--they say, 'Oh, I had a death in the family,'"
Shteir says. "Seeing it as an addiction is more comfortable, partly
because of the way psychiatric illnesses are now insured. There's been a
real shift in the culture. But it's the same act: People steal from stores
because they want the things they see there."
Comment: I have to
say that Ms. Shteir really shows her ignorance and insensitivity here.
First, not all
shoplifters are alike but the ones spotlighted in this article are those
I'm very familiar with: I am a recovering shoplifter and I've been
counseling recovering shoplifters for 15 years. Ms. Shteir is the kind of
person who would continue to call alcoholics mere drunks, compulsive
shoppers mere thing-obsessors, and compulsive overeaters mere gourmands.
She shows her ignorance because for most addicted shoplifters, it's the
stealing not what is stolen that provides the rush, the sense of satisfaction,
the balancing out. Ms. Shteir is a theatre teacher and a hit-for-hire
freelance writer. She is most well known for her books about strippers. She
is not a therapist nor does she have a degree in psychology. She takes
pot-shots at those who are vulnerable and who are opening up to tell their
painful and shameful stories. She does not help the cause of education and
rehabilitation of shoplifting addiction or kleptomania. See: www.allure.com
Check out our new online
support group for compulsive shoppers/spenders and hoarders. Register at: www.yahoogroups.com/shoppersandspenders/
Check out our
1-hour employee theft online course. Learn why people commit employee
theft, how to deter it, and how to confront it. See http://theshulmancenter.c360training.com
New sites in progress! www.celebrityshoplifters.com and www.celebrityshopaholics.com
COMPULSIVE THEFT, SPENDING
and HOARDING on the MOVE and in the NEWS!
/ September 2011...
Shulman conducted a full-day in-service on compulsive theft, spending &
hoarding at The State Bar of Michigan in Lansing, Michigan.
Shulman was interviewed by Redbook Magazine for an article on financial
August 1--Mr. Shulman's 4th book
"Cluttered Lives, Empty Souls: Compulsive Stealing, Spending and
Hoarding" is published. See www.clutteredlives.com
for info and ordering.
August 1--Mr. Shulman was a guest
on Canadian Broadcast Corporation's radio show "The Current"
August 1-Mr. Shulman had a
featured article on hoarding disorder in Together Arizona magazine.
August 12--Mr. Shulman was a guest on
Canada's radio station from Vancouver, about shoplifting addiction.
September 4--Mr. Shulman was interview about
compulsive theft, spending and hoarding on metro-Detroit cable station
WADL's "Schwartz's Law" program.
Shulman is featured in Allure Magazine (p. 114) on shoplifting addiction.
September 7-Mr. Shulman will be on an interview on
shopping addiction via Skype for The Daily.
8--Mr. Shulman will be presenting a 90-minute interactive lecture on
shopping and hoarding disorders from 7-8:30pm at Inner Wisdom Healing
Center in Southfield, Michigan.
September 15--Mr. Shulman will be
presenting a free 90-minute interactive lecture on hoarding disorder from
7-8:30pm at The Franklin (Michigan) Public Library.
September 26-28--Mr. Shulman will be attending The 24th Annual
Foundations Recovery Network's "Power, Fame & Recovery"
conference in Palm Beach, Florida.
2011 and beyond ...
will be featured in Reader's Digest Magazine (Canada) on shoplifting
International Conference on Compulsive Theft, Spending & Hoarding,
October 25--Mr. Shulman
speaks on compulsive shopping/hoarding at Birmingham Community House,
Shulman to present day-long seminar on compulsive theft, spending and
hoarding in Chicago, IL through Proctor Hospital/Illinois Institute for
Addiction & Recovery.
Shulman speaks on compulsive theft/spending/hoarding at Detroit area Rotary
Shulman is assisting the Baton Rouge, Louisiana court system a
court-ordered three hour, facilitated educational program for retail fraud
offenders. The program is based on material from his book "Something
for Nothing: Shoplifting Addiction and Recovery" (2003).
Mr. Shulman created a 1-hour employee
theft online course with 360 Training. Learn why people steal from their
jobs, how to deter it, prevent it, and what to do when confronted with it.
See or enroll in course at: http://theshulmancenter.360training.com
Shulman is consulting on a major motion picture tentatively called
"The Rush" in which the lead character is addicted to shoplifting
Shulman created an online continuing education course on compulsive
shopping and spending called "Bought Out and $pent!" based on his
book and Power Point presentation. The course, offered through The American
Psychotherapy Association, is available for purchase by APA members and
non-members. CEUs are available. He's working on a therapist certification
program in compulsive theft/spending. See: http://www.americanpsychotherapy.com/
Mr. Shulman collaborated with the Kingman, AZ courts
with a court-ordered home-study program for retail fraud offenders. The
program is based on his book Something for Nothing: Shoplifting Addiction
Mr. Shulman is
consulting with an author who's writing a book about two kleptomaniacs who
fall in love.