“My first time in DA, I was angry all the time. I would be on the phone with a creditor and start yelling and cursing at them. My family was terrified of me at those times. Then I’d feel raw, but that didn’t stop me.“I left DA after paying off my debts at great personal sacrifice. Secure in the knowledge of the tools of the program, I went about accumulating secured loans. On a serial basis every year or so I would refinance with home equity loans.Then the bank started throw in credit cards with 0% interest for balance transfers and I leapt at that for the home equity loans. It didn’t take long until I justified to myself using the credit cards on regular purchases.Within a few years, I had to sell my house, and was still left with seven times the amount of debt I had when I first came to DA. Ten years after leaving, I came back to DA, but this time the angry fight had left me… I was beat up emotionally, and beat mentally. I totally surrendered to DA, and haven’t had to debt for almost seven years now.”
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