This is a part of our Experience, Strength, and Hope series. Read more D.A. experiences. The shares below are those of the fellows that submitted them and don’t necessarily represent the 12 steps or Debtors Anonymous.
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How did you know you had a problem?
I don’t know that I fully understood my debting disease/behavior until I started talking to someone about my money “stuff.” I also understood it more when I went to meetings and heard other people’s stories.
How did you find D.A.?
I had recovery friends who were in D.A. One in particular talked to me about the program.
What have you learned in D.A.?
I can’t handle my debting/money disease by myself. Working the 12 Steps with a sponsor is crucial. Clarity around my money (both income and expenses) is very important and has helped me tremendously. The D.A. program really works if I do my part (taking action).
What suggestions do you have for newcomers in their first 90 days?
Go to meetings consistently and write down your money. Listen, listen, listen. It takes time to understand what D.A. is all about and what the program has to offer. Find someone whose recovery you like and ask them to be your sponsor or temporary sponsor. Be patient. Recovery in D.A. is possible if you keep coming back!