Completing drug and/or alcohol treatment is an enormous achievement. Whether living on their own or a Sober Living Home, many look forward to starting their new life of sobriety. During treatment, men and women learn about the challenges they may encounter in recovery, and finding employment is one challenge they may face.
Whether fired or looking for a job change, the job hunt can take time and feel overwhelming. Prospective employers often ask about previous jobs and gaps in employment, and if addiction played a role, answering those questions can be difficult. Although it can feel as though these obstacles get in the way, there are some tips and strategies people can use to help secure employment after rehab.
Career Paths After Drug and Alcohol Treatment
Many people in recovery feel discouraged when searching for a job. Some of the common obstacles people experience include:
- Lack of education, skills, or experience
- Legal problems or criminal history
- Stigma or discrimination
- Gaps in employment history
While these types of obstacles can get in the way of finding and maintaining employment, there are ways to overcome these challenges. And, since employment can add a predictable routine to the day and offer room to grow, getting a job can help support sobriety.
When looking for a job, many people feel uncertain about which career path to take. If not returning to a previous line of work, consider careers that can provide personal fulfillment or look into sharpening or honing new skills. Trade schools and colleges offer several programs that can help start a new career. The following shows some popular career paths during recovery.
For some, a recovery-related role may be of interest. With firsthand knowledge, people in recovery can offer wisdom and hope for others struggling with addiction. Some types of recovery-related careers include social work, addiction counselor, addiction peer counselor, and recovery coach.
Many men and women enjoy the new wellness habits formed in recovery, such as yoga, weight training, or spirituality. With some training and certification, people can make a career out of their passion for wellness. A career as a personal trainer, dietician, or role in a church or community organization helps others and can be fulfilling.
Trade or Vocational Career
Vocational or trade schools typically require less training and education so people can get started on their career sooner. Some types of vocational careers include nursing, dental hygiene, welder, electrician, and construction. These types of in-demand careers can get people back in the workforce quickly.
Tips for Finding the Right Job
Once a particular job field is narrowed down, it’s time to go on the search. Before hitting the job sites, the following tips can help improve job prospects.
Create a Resume
If not complete already, create a resume that highlights strengths and skills. For help to get started, many community organizations and treatment centers offer resume help. Online sites, such as LinkedIn, offer helpful workshops and educational events for jobseekers, too.
Grow a Network
Networking is a key element in finding a job. Often, though, addiction can interfere with socializing and healthy networking. In this situation, people can grow relationships within their sober community, such as support group peers and sponsor.
Connect with Resources
People on their recovery journey can tap into resources to find a job. These support services can offer helpful suggestions and put people in touch with recovery-oriented employers.
Volunteer with an Organization
Finding the right job can take some time. Rather than lose motivation, sign up to volunteer at a local organization. This not only can help keep people, but can add interest and skills to a resume.
While on the job hunt and employed, maintain recovery after-care, and take care of personal needs. Although employment can take a chunk of time from the day, it’s important to keep time open for support meetings, counseling sessions, and personal interests that help maintain sobriety.
Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Santa Rosa
The intensive outpatient program at Pura Vida offers the flexibility people need to continue school or employment during treatment. Clients can also gain valuable skills to help further their recovery and rediscover a life of joy. Additionally, we offer phlebotomy and medical assistant certification for our rehab clients.
If you need help with drug and/or alcohol addiction, get in touch for a confidential assessment.