Finding Employment Following Treatment
When leaving recovery, a common goal patients have is to obtain a job. It is a goal, because it is something to work towards. Like any other goal, it may take time, patience, and planning. Employment is necessary for long-term recovery. Becoming a contributing member of society teaches someone in recovery accountability, responsibility, and self-confidence. Employment allows the opportunity for a recovering addict to prove to himself or herself they are capable of living an advantageous life. Success is insured as long as recovery remains a top priority.
Beginning a job hunt can be stressful. The application process is the most difficult. Through trial and rejection, it is important to remain optimistic. If an interview is offered, feel confident in the fact the company is willing to look past your former omissions. While you cannot change the past, it does not define or reflect who you are and what you are capable of today. National regulations limit the questions potential employers are able to ask during an interview. While honesty and transparency are always recommended, it is a personal decision. If a situation does arise, highlight the fact you regret mistakes from the past, but each mistake came with a valuable life lesson that makes you a better person today.
When entering an interview bring evidence that you have turned your life around. This practice will quiet any reservations the interviewer might have. Additionally, evidence will show how far you are willing to go to do the right thing and possess a powerful work ethic. In the occasion of a bare or incredulous work participation, there are ways to expand your experiences. If you are leaving a facility, utilize the services offered. Often time case managers have connections to skill building classes and opportunities. When it comes to the work force, it is all about who you know. Your sponsor, counselor, therapist, and others from your time in treatment can be valuable resources and potential references.
No job is too small. It is recommended that people new to recovery accept part time, low pressure occupations. Part time positions leave ample time to attend meetings and adjust to your new environment. Job fields to avoid are restaurants and bars. For those who have been sober long enough, recovery coach jobs are an option. Helping someone who is where you have been can have positive ramifications on your long term sobriety.
If credibility is a problem, there are solutions. The U.S. Department of Labor has a database specifically for workers with sporadic or unreliable work histories. America in Recovery is a similar directory posting jobs for those in recovery. If education is something you are interested in, there are grants and scholarships available.
Seabrook is dedicated to helping those in recovery as much as possible. Whether someone is attending our treatment facility or not, we want fulfilling lives for everyone. Beginning March 21rst, 2018 Seabrook is partnering with REACH NJ every Wednesday to provide self-care, time management, budgeting, and resume building classes for those who are interested. If you have any questions or would like to attend, please call 856.391.6014