There is almost no other kind of everyday stress worse than financial stress. It can plague you, creditors calling your phone all day long. It can haunt your dreams. People have been known to go far as sell themselves, even other people to pay off debts. It’s an age old problem. The poor and financially burdened classes are so very often wrought with addiction for so many reasons and one of those reasons is that the amount of fear and panic that money can infuse in a person can feel hopeless. It’s about survival of oneself and one’s family. And when that is threatened, people become desperate.
One of the ways that desperation plays out all too often is through addiction. When someone feels constant anxiety because of a financial crisis that they can’t hide from, nor that they feel they can change it makes sense that they would want to numb those feelings, or even just feel something different for a little while.
Here are a few ways to deal with financial stress other than through drug and alcohol or gambling addiction.
- Find financial resources. There are nonprofits who will sit with you and go through debt and bills to help you come up with a plan to get through your debt and out of the weight of financial stress. Seek them out and be patient with yourself.
- Forgive yourself. Don’t spend your time blaming yourself for any old bad decisions like overspending. The most important thing for you to remember is that if you learn from choices such as those you won’t have to deal with some of these things more than once. But it’s also important to keep in mind that much of your financial stress is not your fault. Financial problems come in all sorts of forms and if you inherit a poor understanding of finances, or you had to take out student loans for school, you may be suffering under debt that feels like it could crush you. Either way forgive yourself and move forward. Regret doesn’t solve the problem.
- Swallow your pride. The biggest piece of advice, besides seeking out expert advice either through a non-profit or talking to your local banker about resources, is to swallow your pride and be honest to whomever is helping you. If you aren’t honest about your debt and bills it will be hard to get back to black and on your way to freedom from overwhelming stress.
If you or anyone you know are struggling with financial stress that has driven you to drug, alcohol, or gambling addiction and are seeking out the best drug rehab in South Florida, or you’re looking for gambling addiction treatment please call us today at (855) 441-2449. We can walk you through our drug treatment programs and tell you what it looks like to take your first steps toward sobriety and healthy living, and through that the courage to take control of your financial wellbeing.