I don’t know where to start. I am an alcoholic and a drug addict. I got sober when I was 25 years of age. I had no education or skills. I went on welfare. I went to college after that and obtained a professional degree and license. I also met my husband and had two sons. I had a daughter by my first marriage. My husband and I made a good living with both of us working. He died suddenly and I was left with a six year old and a nine year old. Two great kids.
I worked hard, put them through the best schools and picked up a drink after getting involved in a disasterous relationship. I paid for rehab many times out of pocket to get sober again. I have had a year a couple of times, three and a half years once and lately have been unable to stop. I can’t afford rehab anymore. I have about 2000.00 maybe to my name. That’s it. I am 57 years old. I am working, although I dislike my current job and the work is not flowing the way it used to.
I have no idea who you are and why I am even writing this because I have essentially given up hope. My two sons, who are adults are living with me now. My one son is getting his Master’s degree and working full time. My youngest, at 22 is trying to get on his feet in life. They are two good guys and probably the only reason I have not killed myself.
I hate myself for the mistakes I have made, the arrogance I had about money. I feel too overwhelmed and too bike to do anything. Counseling costs money. I have lost faith that I can get sober again in AA.
Are there people who are absolutely broke and hopeless who manage to turn their lives around? Where do they start?
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