Addiction is expensive. Supporting a drug or alcohol habit can cost thousands of dollars a month. Recovery can also be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be.
We’ve put together some top tips and resources to have a successful recovery while maintaining a budget.
Getting and staying sober doesn’t have to break the bank.
List Your Options
Organization isn’t everyone’s strong suit, but successful planning is one of the keys to successful recovery. Decisions made on-the-fly often translate into moments of weakness. Likewise, failure to examine your options can make you feel like you have none.
Instead, sit down and list out your options. We’ve gathered some helpful ideas and resources to get you started, but this list is by no means exhaustive: take a look at these starting points, and then examine them against your own needs.
Online resources are a popular solution. You have as much anonymity as you want with many online support groups, but you also have accountability from a group of real people on the other end of their devices, just like you are.
- SMART Recovery groups exist in real life (IRL) but also in the virtual world.
- Addiction Tribe provides an online support community for many forms of addiction recovery.
- Online AA groups and NA groups are easy to locate and offer support whenever and wherever you need it.
- Addiction recovery centers themselves often have online community support. Don’t be afraid to reach out and speak with a professional at a center that interests you, as well. You may be surprised at what resources are available, including what your insurance may actually cover.
Get Even More High-Tech
If you are comfortable in the digital age, check out support options via text, Reddit groups, or apps for your phone. Groups such as Reddit communities, at times, lead to real-life connections and friendships.
New research suggests that connecting in a way that works for you, such as text addiction support groups, can make a big difference in recovery outcomes.
The world has gotten much smaller in the digital era; even at the times when it feels no one close to you understands what you are going through, you can reach out through the digital world and make a connection with someone who does.
Get Real (and Local)
If you aren’t feeling the digital solution for addiction recovery, don’t worry. Valuable connections are frequently made in real life, in our own neighborhoods. Take a look at local community support, and find your tribe that way.
- Turn an online community real, by connecting with locals online and then meeting up at an agreed-upon location for an activity.
- Community centers, schools, or other non-profit locations often serve as meeting locations for (frequently free) support groups. Some even plan substance-free social outings, as a way to find safe enjoyment with others in your community.
- Church groups often offer free support services, and most do not require that you are a part of their congregation.
It Takes a (Support) Village
The African saying, “It takes a village to raise a child,” also applies to successful addiction recovery. Getting to appointments, keeping up with household needs, taking care of a family (if you have one), and maintaining employment can spread you in many directions at once, leading to old patterns of addiction.
Having that support network in place can mean the difference between successful long-term recovery and relapse. Armed with your own list of resources, you can assemble your village of support, without breaking the bank.