Medicine is...Financial Responsibility - 5 Ways to Stay Afloat Financially 
While You Battle Addiction

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I’m happy to offer this guest blog by Rufus Carter, who provides career resources to people with substance abuse disorders. I find his advice in this blog a timely reminder with the holiday season now upon us. Put his tips to use and if you’d like to contact him, there’s plenty of click throughs in the article, as well as his direct contact information at the end. Enjoy!

5 Ways to Stay Afloat Financially
While You Battle Addiction

Drug and alcohol addiction can change your life for the worst. However, the negative twists and turns have the power to point you in a positive direction. But getting there is often a struggle, especially when you’re fighting to put food on the table. It is possible to regain your financial independence, though you may have to doggie paddle before you hit a full swim. 

Here are five ways to earn a legitimate income. These are great side gigs but may also be turned into a profitable venture for the long term. 

Utilize Your skills

You are likely the master of something, and most somethings are marketable skills that other people want. For instance, if you’re an adept guitar player, you might teach music at your local senior center. explains how to teach music online if you would rather not step too far out of your comfort zone. Take a moment to think about what you’re good at and how you can use those skills to start your own business, which will ensure you don’t have to dance around background checks.

Follow Trends

Social media has lots of power where earning potential is concerned. Facebook ads can generate 80,000 views or more with a small ad-boosting investment. Keep this in mind as you explore trends on goods and services that sell. Recently, phone cases and wireless earbuds have been all the rage. Set yourself up with a drop-shipping vendor and choose a few select products to offer for sale. If you’re thinking you don’t have the assets to start your own business, you’re quite possibly wrong. For example, Beard Brand was started with $30 and a vendor relationship.

Cater to the Four-Legged Crowd

No one can blame you if you feel a bit nervous about interacting with people in the days and weeks after you first make a commitment to your sobriety. But you still have to make a living. Fortunately, people in the United States spend nearly $63 billion on their pets, and part of that is outsourcing care. Offer your services as a pet boarder or walker. You can earn $25 per hour or more simply perusing the park with people’s pampered pooches. There are plenty of sites, like or, that offer pet-related jobs for independent contractors.

Experiment in Artisanal Artifacts

People love handmade everything. From jewelry to blankets to homemade pies, hand-hewn products are in high demand. Even if you’re not crafty, you can still learn how to make tie blankets, front porch signs, or other types of shabby chic décor. There’s no better place to sell custom goods online than Etsy. Keep in mind, however, that the online marketplace charges a small commission and payment processing fee equal to just more than 8 percent, so price your goods accordingly. If you’re looking for creative inspiration, check out this advice from three of the highest-paid Etsy sellers, who were recently interviewed by CreativePeople.

Do the Dirty Work

If you’re short on skills but heavy on time, consider rolling up your sleeves and offering yourself for services other people simply don’t want – or don’t have the time – to do. There are plenty of lucrative businesses out there that are considered dirty work, such as hauling junk, which can net you more than $400 per day.

Keeping yourself afloat while you’re in drug rehab isn’t about luck or skills. It’s about persistence, passion, and a commitment to doing whatever it takes to make sure you and your family don’t continue to suffer because of bad decisions that were made under the influence.

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