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Money matters are almost always primary for people in early recovery. After months, if not years, of addiction, most people have a pile of debt and no ability to pay it off. With tax season comes fresh pressure, as it is often clear how much you are making (or not making).
The good news is that, no matter how dire the situation may seem, there is always a way out, and it starts with creating a budget. A budget is your map from where you are today in your finances to the financial stability you need to be successful in recovery. It is a journey that will take time, unfolding month by month, with lots of adjustments along the way. As you get started building a budget that works for you in recovery, here are a few tips to get you started.
As you build a budget for yourself in recovery, it is a good idea to connect with other people who are also working to get their financial lives in order. Like recovery, it takes discipline, support, and an ability to be flexible when unexpected challenges arise – and it is well worth the effort invested.
Are you working to live on a budget in recovery? How do you create the balance you need to pay your bills and reach your financial goals? What are the biggest challenges you face in creating and sticking to a budget in recovery?