(3TV/CBS 5) -- Have you heard of that popular show on Nextflix “Tidying up with Marie Kondo”? It's all about people needing to clean up their homes.

But for some people it goes far beyond a messy house when clutter becomes a compulsion.

Hoarding can affect older adults and become a real problem.

It's a disorder that can tear apart families too.

The Area Agency on Aging in Phoenix offers a 14-week therapy program for people dealing with this issue. The program comes at no cost if the person meets certain requirements. 

Mary Coalson is a licensed therapist with the Area Agency on Aging and said people hoard newspapers, bills and magazines not because they want the stuff, but because it fills a void.

Just like an addict abuses a substance.

She said it can create a safety hazard in the home and lead to isolation in older adults.

Coalson said their group-therapy program has been a great help to Arizonans.

“I think the best part is that they are taking back their life," she said. "Self-esteem is increasing. In the group they are finding people with similar thought processes and behaviors so they are not feeling alone,” Coalson said. 

If you have a grandparent or a loved one who needs help with hoarding you can contact the Area Agency on Aging in Phoenix for more information.

An Arizona native, born and raised in Mesa, and graduate of Arizona State University, meteorologist Ian Schwartz brings you the forecast weekday mornings on CBS 5 This Morning.

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