Our blog is now a podcast. Visit us at our new home, http://ICantStopSpending.com.
This website (Getting Out from Going Under) will continue to live on WordPress.com forever. I deliberately chose to create it on a free platform, so that the content would always be available.
There are HUNDREDS of articles on this site to help you work a program of recovery around compulsive spending and debting, from setting up a spending plan to working the steps to dealing with relationships in recovery … and much more.
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The Daily Reader for Compulsive Debtors and Spenders is filled with practical tips, inspiration, and a thought for each day to encourage and motivate you to stay on the path of recovery.
Click here to purchase the book.
Read sample pages here.
And check out THE FIVE YEAR RECOVERY JOURNAL!
A fun, simple way to track your recovery journey over time.
For the past few months, I’ve been working on developing a podcast about recovery from compulsive spending, shopping, and debting. For quite some time, it has felt like the next right step in sharing my experience, strength, and hope with others.
So yesterday, http://ICantStopSpending.com went live!
OK, so there is only one podcast, but still, “it’s alive!” My intention is to post new content weekly. There will also be the occasional blog post as well.
Note: This website (Getting Out from Going Under) will continue to live on WordPress.com forever. I deliberately chose to create it on a free platform, so that the content would always be available. There are hundreds of articles on this site to help you work a program of recovery around compulsive spending and debting, from setting up a spending plan to working the steps to dealing with relationships in recovery … and much more.
I hope you will join me on this next phase of the journey.
The “Five Year Recovery Journal” is now available as a PDF for download, so you can print a high resolution version. Though I enlarged the print edition to 7″x9″, I’m just not happy with the fact that it doesn’t lay flat. I’m investigating hand-binding a spiral-bound version, but in the meantime, I’m making a PDF version available, which you will be able to download and print.
In addition, I revised the cover as I just wasn’t happy with how it looked! Here is the new cover:
And, in the PDF version, each month name has a colorful graphic (print edition is just black and white text):
To read more about the “Five Year Recovery Journal” and to see sample pages or to buy the print or PDF version, click here
I just happened on an amazing article from the third quarter 2013 issue of the Debtors Anonymous “Ways and Means” newsletter, entitled, “An Anniversary Question: What is Long Term Solvency?” It really gives a wonderful description of this state of being. Do you know there are now people with 30 or more years of solvency in DA! Imagine that!
The author of the article really made me want to read the updated and revised edition of “Currency of Hope” (rather than just keep it on my bookshelf). It contains stories from those long sober (20 or more years).
I’m getting ready to take this blog to a whole new level! Very excited about this, but I want to wait until I am closer to launch to announce it (which should be in July).
However, one thing I am definitely planning to do is to create an audio version of the Daily Reader for Compulsive Debtors and Spenders.
I’d love your feedback on the best way to provide each day’s information. And please share this post with anyone you think might be interested in the audio version. Continue reading
I am grateful to report that I finally paid off the last of my debt a couple of weeks ago! This is truly a miracle. In the late 1990’s, I first came into DA with $22,000 in debt. I paid that off and found all kinds of reasons to justify leaving the program by 2001.
Fast forward to 2009. I crawled back into DA a broken person after accumulating approximately $34,000 of new unsecured debt and trying to figure out how on earth I would send my son off to college. DA HOW healed me, and one day at a time, I lived within my means and committed what I would spend before spending it. I had PRGs around my debt, paying for my son’s college, and any other financial issues that came up.
A few months ago, I came across Debbie Roes’ extensive site for shopaholics called Recovering Shopaholic. While her site is not 12-step focused, she has wonderful, practical tips and suggestions for shopaholics. And recently, I wrote an article for her blog called Debtors Anonymous is Not Just for Debtors.
I swear I’m not a prude. And, the truth is, I’m not a compulsive gambler. But I have made a decision that I will not spend $2 for the one in 292 million chance of winning nearly a billion dollars.