On episode 13 of My Boyfriend Sucks with Money, Brian and I discuss the financial impacts of addiction. It’s an interesting topic, and one that I’ve mentioned before in my blog post “The Worst Financial Mistake of my Life“. But Brian has dealt with addiction as well. I don’t think that’s shocking – I think every person on this planet at least knows someone who has been affected by addiction. But our experiences with it are very different.
The Financial Impacts of Addiction on the Enabler
Yep, that’s me. I was an enabler. I had an addict boyfriend and I enabled him to drink for over 5 years. Overall, I think I spent between ten and twenty thousand dollars on this guy. And yes, in the beginning I would even buy him the booze! I know now how messed up that situation was, but when you are in the situation, it’s hard to see how damaging it is (to both of you).
The Financial Impacts of Addiction on the Addict
Brian’s viewpoint comes from that of the addict. He was addicted to an illegal substance for over 10 years. He estimates that he spent between 50 and 100 thousand dollars on just getting a fix. That doesn’t include the lost jobs and lost opportunities due to addiction. We are both extremely thankful that he was able to dig himself out and get clean.
Listen to episode 13 to hear all the juicy details!
This was a difficult podcast for me. Talking about my issues with my ex made me relive some of them, and I realized that I’m not entirely healed from that ordeal. But listening to Brian’s take on what the addict really is responsible for helped add some clarity.
We still struggle with not talking over one another, hopefully someday we will get better with that. The animals also continue to be an issue -I can’t wait until we get our studio built so we don’t have to pause every time one of them gets up or wants attention!
Overall, I think it was a great podcast on a very sensitive topic, I hope you enjoy it!
Melanie launched Partners in Fire in 2017 to document her quest for financial independence with a mix of finance, fun, and solving the world’s problems. She’s self educated in personal finance and passionate about fighting systematic problems that prevent others from achieving their own financial goals. She also loves travel, anthropology, gaming and her cats.