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Took a low paying job / how to cope

Discussion in 'General Substance Abuse Discussion' started by Uptoolate, Apr 24, 2020.

  1. Uptoolate

    Uptoolate Member

    I am 48 years old and nearing 3 months sober from alcohol and benzos.
    I have spent the last 10 years in on and off active addiction. As a result I have a very sketchy work history over that time. I have a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. I’m fresh out of treatment and just took a job at a major grocery retailer paying only $13/hr. I want to earn more of course, but I feel that I should stick with this to see if I can move up quickly. I need to build up time on the job to improve my resume. They started me out as part time and I’m hoping for full time soon. I’m grateful to just have any job at all, but I’m feeling depressed because my pay is so low. It’s not yet enough to live on.
    I understand the need for one day at a time and all, but I’m hoping someone can help me to know some ways to accept and cope with being down about my low pay. Thank you.
  2. True concern

    True concern Moderator

    Think of all the people who would almost kill to make 10$ an hour right now.Think of all the people who would almost kill just to have a job that pays anything at all.Now try to realize how blessed you truly are and work hard to achieve the goals you have currently in place for yourself.I hope and pray this lifts your spirits a little bit.
    Stay Strong and God Bless you
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  3. Uptoolate

    Uptoolate Member

    Thank you and God bless you too.
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  4. Mary310

    Mary310 Member

    Hi uptoolate,
    Any update ? I know how you feel , I was making over $1000 a night bartending truly living a glamorous life then I got pregnant and had to work at Pizza Hut for $7.25 hr ! You have no idea how humbling it was cutting pizzas and folding boxes . To be honest I knew it was temporary so for 5 months I answered phones , made pizzas , folded boxes , ate a whole lot of chicken wings and even attempted to mop the floor once ! (What a disaster) fast forward 10 yrs I’ve lost my job due to the COVID but this time I saved my money , I’m working on myself , enjoying the summer with my son and studying for my real estate license again . I know your down about your pay right now but just have fun and laugh about it . You have honest work . Be grateful and pray . Tell god what you want and what your willing to do for it . I hope everything is going well for you .
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  5. Davers

    Davers Community Champion

    I agree with the others , you could be worse off .

    My wife works at Wendy's & I'm on disability , I want to work but not construction like I did years ago .

    I'm glad to see yr off the booze & Benzos , I wish that I could go to rehab 'sometimes' as i'm 49 & been on M-done & Xanax for 10+ years .

    Both have quit making me happy , IDK ....Sorry this aint about me .

    I'd suggest you "try" to keep a positive attitude & work your way back up the ladder , as you have the smarts (it sounds like ) .
    Hang in there.
  6. Pluto888

    Pluto888 Member

    A job is a job, and you can do nothing with it. If you don't like it, just change it. Nowadays, it is not so hard to find a job where you don't need high education. For example, you can get an education in a year on and become a firefighter. It is a well-paid job and most of all it is for men. The main disadvantage is that the job is hazardous, and few people can work for a long time as a firefighter because they understand that they are risking every day with their lives.
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2021