Addiction derails your life. There’s no way around it. And we’re not talking about an unexpected flat tire or running out of gas. Addiction is the high speed train heading straight for the exploded tracks that should’ve been bridging a thousand-foot drop-off. You know it well from old cartoons and now it exists in your own with alcohol, opiates, or cocaine as the conductor. All that to say: your responsibilities, relationships, and career take last place to addiction. So, whether you’re finding a job or returning to a previous one, completing an addiction treatment program also means figuring out how to go back to work in recovery.
When it comes to rejoining the workforce after treatment, you’ll most likely fall into one of two categories: returning to a previous job or starting a new job.
Going Back to Work After Treatment
While having the opportunity to return to your previous job after treatment is great, it’s not void of struggles. Recovery is a huge lifestyle change. You’re presented with a new mindset, goals, and priorities. So, when returning to a previous job, you’re essentially a stranger in an environment that was once routine and familiar. This can be incredibly triggering and the only way to face it is to try to be prepared.
Finding a Job After Treatment
Many people aren’t able to return to a previous job after treatment. Some people lost jobs in their addiction. Some never entered the workforce before addiction took hold of their goals. And others were homeless, let alone jobless. Whatever the case may be, job searching is a part of rejoining society after addiction treatment.
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New Start Offers Job Placement Assistance
In our residential and outpatient programs, clients don’t simply “complete” treatment and then get pushed out to reintegrate on their own. Our staff will help patients with life skills and career planning (if needed). Coaching includes things like: assistance with job applications, career goals, and job placement.
Your train might have been derailed by addiction, but it doesn’t have to sit at the bottom of that drop-off in a charred pile of irreparable pieces. Resources are out there for cleaning up, finding a job, and getting back on track.
If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, our addiction specialists are standing by 24/7 to help: 855-737-7363