Hi Devin, welcome to allnurses
I can't give you any advice about courses and pay scales as I don't work in the US, and conditions vary not only from state to state but also withing citites.
Additional languages are always an asset, but being unilingual isn't usually an issue (depending on the dominant ethnicity of where you work).
I think your personal experience with alcohol abuse could be very helpful should you decide to pursue a career in nursing or an allied field (youth work or social work, for example). There is certainly no shortage of nurses who have had substance abuse issues, including alcohol.
I'm just a little concerned about you taking on too much so early in your sobriety. Nursing is difficult, and many students have problems coping with the schedule and the amount of work they need to do - check out the student nurse forum for an indication of how some students feel about it. It may be that this isn't an issue for you, but I thought I'd flag it.