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If you are getting a tax refund this year, it may feel like a huge windfall. If you use it to pay off debt or set yourself up in a new home that is sober and safe or otherwise use it to enhance your stability in recovery, it can be a great thing. But if you are like many in recovery who find that access to a large chunk of cash is a trigger for relapse, a large unexpected check for any reason is cause for concern.
Here is what you need to know to help you to manage your tax refund this year without a relapse:
When Cravings Creep In
Even with the best of intentions and well-laid plans, cravings can feel overwhelming. If you have money in the bank or a check arrives in the mail at the wrong time, it can culminate in the perfect storm and relapse can occur.
To help yourself manage cravings and the urge to drink or get high, you can:
What did you learn about your finances by filing taxes this year? What changes will you make as you make your life stronger in recovery?