Saturday, March 20, 2010


Compulsive hoarding is a disorder characterized by difficulty discarding items that appear to most people to have little or no value. This leads to an accumulation of clutter such that living and workspaces cannot be used for their intended purposes. The clutter can result in serious threats to the health and safety of the sufferer and those who live nearby.

In order to meet criteria for a diagnosis of compulsive hoarding, a person must experience significant distress and/or impairment in functioning as a result of their hoarding behavior. Common types of functional impairment include: fire or health hazards caused by excessive clutter, infestations, inability to have guests over to the home, inability to prepare or eat food in the home, inability to find important possessions because of clutter, inability to finish tasks on time, and interpersonal conflicts caused by the clutter.

Hope in Recovery will have a speaker share their life living with “Hoarding” on Friday, March 26, at 7:00 pm at the regular Friday night support group meeting.

Hope in Recovery meets every Tuesday afternoon from 2:00 – 3:00 pm, and every Friday night from 7:00 – 8:15 pm. Hope-a-non meets every Friday night from 7:00 – 8:15 pm. Meetings are held on the second floor of the First Presbyterian Church, 114 E. 4th Street, Greenville.

Hope in Recovery is not limited to only the addictions of drugs or alcohol. If you or someone you know is struggling, please call 548-9006, or just show up.


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