Money in Early Recovery

For many of the patients in the early recovery state, money is the utmost problem to handle. Their irresponsible spending of money in large or small sums has made them afraid of the financial area. Their motivation is usually to stop the treatment and start working as much as possible in order to recover their financial situation.

This is a caution for everyone who works with this kind of population. When attempting to overcome years of bad choices after drug abuse treatment they will have to be taught to learn how to balance their time. The clock they hear won’t stop ticking whether they try to race it or not. Even though patience is not the strongest trait of these people, they will have to learn how to be patient in every aspect of their lives.

They believe that they can be in control of money; however, this belief isn’t any different from any other aspect they control. An addicted person usually uses this behavior in every area. Money is another example of situation where this addiction can kick in if not monitored carefully enough by the advisers of the newly recovering addicts.

It is very important for them to understand how the process and the time that brought them to the edge of living and to desire spending as much time and energy in order to recover from it as they spent getting in this dire situation. It is a hard task when they think that money is the key to recreate broken relationships, dreams and family problems that were created by them. The advisers must convince them that even all the money in the world can’t fix their lives immediately. It is a long healing process that takes time, consistency and a big effort.

Most legal entities and debtors will have no problem accepting small regular payments towards the diminishing of the debt. Even illegal entities such as gambling debtors and drug dealers are often reasonable when they receive the money that was owed to them. They usually follow the logic that they can return their money from someone who’s not spending any more money on the addiction, repaying them instead. If not, wise counsel will always win.

Some of these stories are often heard at the recovery meetings. Every day financial disasters dissolve, families get back together, jobs are getting back in the routine. It takes them lots of creativity, time, willingness and cooperation to do what seems to be impossible at first. It is almost never possible, ethical or practical to give a recovering patient an advice to become a workaholic in order to recover their financial riches.

Additionally, a sudden financial freedom never helps a recovering patient to feel the sense of accomplishment that steady, gradual and patient payments can achieve. This process somehow keeps the ego chained while allowing the person to achieve the process gradually, rather than achieve it in a fast blow. The world of recovery is all about moving slowly to the target, rather than trying to get there as fast as possible. It is the same in every aspect of life; the process is often much more important than the actual result achieved by that process.

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