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How to Pay Your Bills While in Treatment for Addiction

Young woman using laptop to manage her finances during addiction rehab.
Don’t let financial stress distract you from your addiction treatment program. Schedule automatic payments and cancel services you won’t need during rehab.


Financial stress can affect pretty much every aspect of your life, including your physical and mental health. In fact, how healthy you are financially is one of the eight dimensions of wellness for recovering addicts, and everyone else, for that matter.

But, what does it mean to be financially healthy? We’re not talking about being wealthy or even debt-free. We’re talking about reaching a state of balance and peace with your own financial situation. Part of this equation is managing your monthly finances. If you’re thinking about entering an addiction rehab program, it’s especially important to have a plan for paying your bills during treatment.

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Managing Finances During Rehab: Pre-Plan Your Monthly Bill Payments

When you enter rehab, the last thing you want to worry about is your whether your bills are getting paid on time. These days we have so many subscriptions that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the thought of managing them all – especially remotely from a drug rehab center. But there’s good news! Thanks to the miracle of technology, you should be able to schedule just about every bill you have for automatic payment through your bank, your providers or even through apps on your smartphone.

Set Up Automatic Payments with Your Bank

Setting up automatic payments through your bank is probably your best option. That’s because you’ll be able to schedule all your monthly payments – rent, utilities, whatever – from one central location. It’s actually pretty easy to do, but the process varies from bank to bank. To get started, you’ll need to login to your bank account and follow their instructions. It’s also a good idea to have your bills handy so you can make sure to choose the right payment times.

Set Up Automatic Payments Directly with Vendors

If for some reason you can’t automate bill payment through your bank, in some cases, you can pay service providers directly. The main disadvantage to this approach is that you’ll need to login to all of your various accounts and set up each one individually. Make sure to have your checking account number and your routing number handy, too.

Cancel or Pause Services You Won’t Need During Rehab

Netflix, Hulu, Spotify – streaming services add up. If you aren’t going to need them while you’re in rehab, you can save yourself some cash by pushing the pause button until you get back. Your watch lists and other settings will be saved in your account, so no need to worry about losing your preferences.

Professional Addiction Rehab in a Relaxing Environment

Part of a successful addiction treatment program depends on your ability to focus on getting the help you need – not worrying about your bills. Make sure you spend a little time managing finances before you enter treatment so you can concentrate on what really matters; you’re ongoing recovery. Learn more about our addiction rehab program in Colorado, or fill out our form to get in touch. Need help now?

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