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Jobs for People in Recovery

One of BetterAddictionCare’s core principles is the idea that mistakes do not define the individual. According to a 2012 study, ten percent of Americans are embarking on a fresh start after a history of substance abuse. When it comes to finding jobs for recovering drug addicts, it helps to know where to look and what may need to be done to improve one’s existing skills. Recovery takes work, but it’s also a time that can be dedicated to discovering new passions, building the foundation for a successful future, and enjoying a fulfilling career path.

3 Minute Read | Published Oct 06 2023 | Updated Mar 08 2024 Expert Verified
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Working During Recovery

The period immediately following a rehab stay is one of substantial adjustment, and even positive change can be exhausting. For the first year or so, returning to a place of previous employment can aid recovery by providing a reliable constant. In the event that there is no prior job to return to, recovering drug addicts should focus on finding a job with regular hours of work, clearly assigned tasks, and the opportunity for eventual growth. Try not to worry too much about whether this initial job will be a life-long career. The main goal of this post-treatment job is to allow a former addict the stability and comfort to acclimate to a new, healthy lifestyle. Become familiar with the laws that prevent discrimination against recovering addicts, and take the time to find the right job fit for you.

No Job? No Worries

Finding jobs for people in recovery can be made more difficult with incomplete résumés or a lack of qualifications, but these setbacks can be transformed into opportunities. If an old job is no longer appealing or if there isn’t a prospect already waiting, the time after rehab can be invested in a new future. Professional classes can help recovering addicts develop the skills they need for their dream jobs. If traditional office roles seem dull, working for a nonprofit organization or becoming an entrepreneur could be viable alternatives. Even temporary positions encourage the development of new skills and provide a stronger foundation for future applications. If finding work is still a challenge, there are services available to match recovering addicts with nearby jobs for people in recovery.

How to Get Help With Finding a Job

Companies with jobs for recovering drug addicts typically have policies specifically aimed at hiring those in recovery. They may partner with organizations ready to help former addicts find a new start. Start within your local community; volunteering some time or networking at community events can uncover job opportunities that may not be listed publicly. If there doesn’t seem to be any available work near you, contact a placement agency or a recovery support service. With some time and dedication, you’ll soon find a job that speaks to your passions and goals.

If you or a loved one are in recovery or suspect that you might need help finding a professional rehabilitation center, BetterAddictionCare is here to help. Our services are 100% confidential, and our pre-screening assessment can help locate the best rehab center for you from within our nationwide recovery network. If you’ve completed rehab but still wish to speak with a counselor or find addiction counseling near you, we can assist with that as well. Call today or fill out our contact form for more information on addiction recovery or to get help now.

Resources

bullet Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). (2019).
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