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Addiction: The Road to Financial Recovery

People with addictions—whether to alcohol, drugs, gambling, shopping, food, or other things—often feel out of control. Making the decision to face their addiction is the first step in moving beyond a life defined by it. Help individuals stay on track with this workshop, which covers attitudes about money, getting out of debt, rebuilding credit, recognizing scams, and discerning wants from needs.

Workshop Materials

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Each kit provides workshop facilitators with the materials needed to run a workshop straight out of the box, or the choice to adapt any of the detailed presentations, scripts or learner action plans to suit their unique audience’s needs. Here is what you can find in each workshop.

A Presentation

Display these PowerPoint slides during your presentation to keep the workshop engaging and on track.

A Script

Consult the script for tips on how to prepare for your workshop, what your primary talking points will be, and follow-up resources.

Activities and Info Sheets

Guide your workshop participants through the hands-on activities and informational sheets to bring the financial skills to life.

Related Resources

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The FAQ section for each workshop can help answer your questions about working with your intended audience.

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When working with this audience, will my appearance (that is, my clothes and the overall way I look) be a problem when it comes to getting them to pay attention?

Addiction is a phenomenon that affects every strata of our society today. Chances are, you won’t look like everyone in the room, but there’s also a good chance that some of the people in the audience might fit right into your own socioeconomic group. The best and ideal way to get the audience to pay attention to you is to let everyone know immediately that you have a command of the material by speaking with authority and sharing some of your own experiences and those of others.

Are there any topics I should emphasize when I’m speaking to a group of people who have addictions?

People with any kind of addiction often experience the world as a chaotic place that is out of control. Money problems can definitely magnify that sense of chaos, so in order to help counter negative feelings that those gathered might have about money, you could explain how financial stability can help create feelings of stability in other areas of their lives. Helping your listeners begin plotting a course of action to get out of debt, rebuild their credit, and figure out the difference between their “wants” and “needs” will make a big difference in day-to-day life.

Is it ok to talk about actual addictions when addressing this group?

As you establish a rapport with your audience, you’ll be able to judge whether or not it’s appropriate to discuss individual participants’ addictions and the effects they have had (or continue to have) on their financial situations.

How are addiction and financial problems related?

For some addicts and recovering addicts, insecurity about financial matters may contribute to their addiction and personal finance may seem out of their control. Others may think that financial goals, such as buying a house or car are unrealistic. Because addicts focus on instant gratification from the substance they abuse, they may not be able to think long term or see that savings and planning are important financial tools.

What is the definition of an addict?

Your audience may consist of people with addiction and people in recovery; the addictions may be physical dependencies or mental dependencies. Whether the individuals’s addiction is a substance or a behavior, it is beyond the individual’s voluntary control. The addictions your participants may be dealing with include: alcohol; illegal drugs, such as cocaine, heroin, marijuana, methamphetamine, and crack; prescription drugs, such as painkillers; problem gambling; compulsive sexual behavior; Internet use; shopping; and issues with food (binging, purging, starving). You can learn more about addictions in the Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol & Addictive Behavior.

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