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I started using alcohol at age 15 and it felt like the perfect solution to my childhood trauma and dysfunctional home life. My values changed almost immediately, and I went from having LDS background to the other end of the spectrum. I got a DUI when I was 16 and many underage alcohol misdemeanors. I was kicked out of high school and was ashamed that I had a GED and not a high school diploma. I was pregnant at age 18 and was able to stop drinking but started again shortly after my daughter was born. I didn’t have any more legal consequences after that first DUI, mostly because of luck. My biggest consequence from drinking was that it stunted my growth as a human being.
My recovery from alcohol has really been about recovering from the reasons why I drank, which I can address now that I am not drinking. My threshold for being unhappy was fairly low, in comparison to others’ stories. This is not to undermine or deny what I went through. I had withdrawal symptoms from alcohol, shitty relationships, and no sense of self. When people in AA say, “If I drink, I will die,” I don’t entirely relate. If I drink, I may die eventually and my disease will continue to progress, but more likely, I will be miserable in my existence. I won’t achieve my purpose, be connected to a higher power, or have fulfilling relationships. I have learned that my addiction to alcohol is a symptom of trauma, and drinking was merely a coping skill. Alcohol worked very well to numb my pain and it helped me disassociate. I didn’t even know I was disassociating until I started my recovery journey. It becomes more and more apparent that I didn’t know how to cope with my feelings or know how to be comfortable in my skin.
My personal work and successes have been on self-forgiveness and love, forgiving others, learning healthy boundaries, and being the best mother possible. I am in recovery from alcohol and co-dependency. I am learning how to feel my feelings, cope with life, and stand up for myself and my worth. I live in Idaho, and I am a single mom to 3 amazing, beautiful daughters. I am so proud of myself for breaking the intergenerational patterns in my family.
My curiosity about sobriety started about 3 years ago. I started listening to podcasts in the beginning of my recovery and found The SHAIR Podcast with Omar Pinto. I loved his voice and his energy. I have found his interviews to have a profound impact on my ability to see my addiction as an opportunity and not a dirty secret. I eventually became a member of his FB group and then joined the SRC where I have connected with so many amazing people in recovery. I feel the SRC group has kept me sober.
I can access meetings via Zoom which has been crucial to me since I am at home with my kids and haven’t found an AA group in my community where I feel connected. The connection with others in the group has saved me from loneliness and isolation. I have found a sponsor in one of these groups who was willing to complete the 12 steps with me which has been transformational! I am almost 5 months in my recovery from alcohol and 95% of the time, I don’t even think about drinking. I am so grateful for the SRC, the SHAIR podcast, my sponsor, the step work, and online recovery.
There is so much more to money than dollar signs. We have an emotional attachment to it. We can use it for the wrong reasons and in destructive ways. It’s one of the most important elements for sustained sobriety, but it’s a sensitive area that people feel uncomfortable talking about.
Morgan Garon is a Financial Recovery Coach who helps her clients develop a healthy and unique relationship with money that decreases stress and anxiety, increases confidence, builds wealth and allows them to create the lifestyles they truly want.
In this show, Morgan teaches us what destructive money patterns and habits look like, how to create more awareness around how we use money, and how to start proactively spending and saving in a way that enhances our lives.
IT’S PRETTY COMMON TO BE STRESSED OUT ABOUT MONEY.
At this point, it’s kind of just the norm.
A recent report shows that 47% of households don’t even have enough savings to cover a $400 emergency.
That’s a scary statistic! It’s clear many Americans are in desperate need of help with their finances.
But everyone keeps walking around like it’s all just as Insta-perfect-as-can-be.
And that’s the real problem…
THE LONGER YOU IGNORE IT, THE WORSE IT’S GOING TO GET.
Maybe it feels like an uphill battle you can never win.
Debt piling up.
Never enough for the things you want.
Future planning. Where to even begin?
You feel like you should be able to figure it out, but you’re stuck.
You can’t move forward, and it’s always the same old story.
BECAUSE MONEY IS RUNNING THE SHOW.
It keeps you up at night, worried if you’ll have enough. It’s a constant conversation in the back of your mind. That never ending feeling of uncertainty and dread. The anxiety and frustration from feeling like you should be so much further ahead by now.
For some, money feels hard to bring in.
Working more and more, already exhausted, never getting ahead.
For others, you just can’t seem to hold on to it. Easy come, easy go, right?
And it’s already a mess, so you may as well enjoy yourself now. I mean, what’s another couple-hundred-bucks at this point?!
But deep-down, you know this can’t last.
Tired of the constant hustle.
Tired of feeling like there’s never enough.
Tired of the shame, embarrassment, frustration.
Tired of budgeting tools and advice that just don’t work for your life.
More than anything, you are tired of working 24/7 – only to end up with an empty bank account or worse – more debt.
You’re sick of it. It’s driving you crazy.
Enough is enough!
You’re ready for something different. You are done with the never-ending money battle.
Typical Destructive Money Patterns
- Up and down roller coaster of debt.
- Overspending that you can’t stop.
- Actual needs are not being met because spending on distractions.
- Constantly thinking about financial issues.
Financial Recovery Tips
- Track spending. Engage hands-on with your money. Money has become abstract. We rarely handle cash anymore and there is a huge disconnect. Track daily, or at the minimum, once a week.
- Reflect back on what happened. What did you say you were going to do? What did you actually do?
- Look forward to next month and make a spending plan. How would you like to spend and save?
- Learn the language of money.
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