Addiction Recovery Tip #2 – Refocus Your Finances

November 17, 2007 by  
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By Dusty Lindemann

Have you ever thought about how much money could be saved and productively used if you stopped drinking, smoking or drugging? Here is a great way to refocus your finances so you can open your mind, expand your horizons, and benefit your life.

Take a trip. If you calculate all the money you would have spent on your addiction in a year, had you not entered recovery, you can invest that money in some fun. Take a trip somewhere you’ve always wanted to go. Perhaps it’s a safari in the jungles of Africa or a visit to the ski slopes. Choose a destination and then spend your time there enjoying every minute of it. This is a productive use of your finances and will provide you with positive memories rather than the negative experiences that result from addiction.

One of the challenges of traveling is avoiding temptation. If your weakness was found in a bottle of liquor, ensure that you aren’t putting yourself in a situation that encourages you to take a drink. Many of the all-inclusive vacation packages include all the alcohol beverages you can drink. Avoid this and instead opt for a week in a mountain cabin, canoeing and hiking through the wilderness. Tempting yourself unnecessarily isn’t going to help in the long run at all. Instead plan a trip that encourages you to stay clean.

Next time you think about picking up a drink, drug or a cigarette, remember that the cash you’re spending could be used for a better purpose. There’s a whole world for you to explore but spending money on substances will hinder that opportunity.

Dusty Lindemann writes for SOBRIETY TV at If you or someone you love is suffering from addiction, please visit this website to learn about recovery and what you can do to stay clean and sober.

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