Hey Temper readers,

I don’t know about you, but before sobriety, I made some haphazard, oftentimes harmful decisions when it came to money. It wasn’t until I decided on a life in recovery that I was able to get right with my finances. And if I’m honest, a few years into living substance-free, complacency set in when it came to money, and let’s just say those credit card balances got a little out of hand.

Luckily, sober living affords me the resources to regroup, make better decisions, and move forward in a healthy way.

That’s the beauty of recovery. We’re gifted tools and new ways of living. We’re able to right our wrongs, dig ourselves out of holes we never thought we’d see the bottom of, and find new, better ways of being. How we handle our money is no exception.

We know that tackling financial issues is a daunting task. Paying off debt, budgeting, savings, 401Ks, investing… so many things to consider! And in the midst of our addictions, some of us complicate our financial lives. Maybe, there’s a bit of a mess to clean up now that you’re sober. Maybe you realized that you have all this extra money now that you’re not spending it on booze or drugs, and you don’t quite know what to do with it. Maybe you just want to figure out where to get started.

This month, we’re publishing stories on all things finances. You will read about how to start cleaning up your finances and whether or not you should spend or save all that extra bar. We have personal stories about how we’re managing our finances in recovery, and we’ll talk about finances in relation to COVID-19. No matter where you are in your journey with money, know that many of us have been right where you are.

Enjoy the reading!

Debt & Money Management

5 Ways I Overcame the (Literal) Debt of My Addiction

How People are Managing Their Finances During COVID-19

Recovery Helped Me Get Smart About My Finances

5 Ways Recovery Healed My Relationship with Money

Improving Your Finances

7 Tips to Rebuild Your Finances in Recovery

How to Save (or Spend) All That Money You’re Not Spending on Booze

7 Steps to Financial Freedom in Recovery

Having Fun with Money

The Best Money I Ever Spent Now That I’m Sober

5 Unexpected Ways Recovery Has Paid Off Financially

How Sobriety Led Me to a More Sustainable Lifestyle