For many people, money is a trigger. Addiction and alcoholism can lead to a frugal lifestyle, where drugs and alcohol aren’t involved. Once there is enough money to purchase more drugs and alcohol, it goes there. As chemical dependency increases, the amount of drugs and alcohol needed increases. In addition the frequency of using increases as well. The chemically dependent brain and body requires more of the substance of choice, more often, which an become costly depending on the substance. Some addictions can cost thousands of dollars per week, make budgeting for anything else a challenge. Typically, everything else loses its importance. Instead of paying bills, clearing debt, or even buying groceries, any amount of drug-purchasing money will be spent on purchasing drugs and alcohol.
Consequently, individuals feel that money is a negative trigger in their lives. Through self-destructive behaviors, they get rid of money as soon as they can out of fear that having it might trigger a relapse. It takes time for them to learn that money isn’t a bad thing. Money is a necessary requirement of life. Life costs money. Living sober in recovery means keeping up with life and its demands to the best of our ability. Part of that ability includes making money, budgeting money, saving money, and spending money in healthy ways.
Money isn’t a bad thing. Money helps us be a part of the life we have created for ourselves through treatment. Here are a few other truths about finances you will learn to navigate after treatment.
Debt doesn’t disappear if you ignore it
Many people who enter treatment have a “wreckage of the past” when it comes to finances. They are in debt in many different areas, including areas they may not remember. Debt doesn’t disappear if you ignore it. Part of your process for making amends through the twelve steps will include financial amends in which you settle old debts and make payment when or where possible.
There’s the money you have and the money you don’t
One of the biggest mistakes people make financially is spending more than they actually have. Money in the bank doesn’t always mean security. There needs to be enough to cover bills, monthly payments, food, shelter, and have extra for unexpected emergencies. Spending beyond your means is a recipe for financial struggle and stress.
Simple Recovery helps clients build the life skills they need for living sober. In the transitional phases of our treatment programs, clients learn how to manage their finances, create a budget, and plan their financial amends. Start your recovery today by calling for information on our continuum of care, treating addiction and co-occurring disorders: 866-601-8128