Rebuilding Your Life After Addiction

A 2012 study found that a significant factor for lower relapse rates and better recovery outcomes is being able to find a job and have job skills after recovery. The inability to find a job or have viable job skills puts someone at higher risk for relapse. However, when getting sober, the reality of someone’s job and life situation can feel overwhelming and even impossible. 

Some issues that commonly come up when looking for employment after recovery are large unexplained gaps in employment history and on your resume. Other issues are poor educational backgrounds and skill deficits. One of the biggest hurdles to successfully move forward and obtain a job can also be a criminal record due to illegal activities done during your addiction.

Some important points to keep in mind are growing your network and connections with people. It’s also helpful to make connections with people in your rehab, your support group, 12-step group, or partnerships with community businesses or local agencies. Another important point is to let go of expectations of the kind of work you’ll be able to get. It may be necessary to start over in an industry, get entry level or part time work, and practice mindfulness and self compassion during the ups and downs of the process. Another tool to keep in mind is to volunteer your skills on a regular basis. Volunteer connections can be a good way to practice your work skills, to meet potential employers and to build on job skills you already have. 

Some other important points to remember are that it may feel like you are starting over from scratch and have a long road ahead of you, and so building up tools to deal with difficulty while looking for and working in sobriety are important. There may be new stressors and difficulties to manage when finding work and maintaining sobriety.

Some tips for managing the difficulties of working and being in recovery include: practicing regular mindfulness, keeping a routine, maintaining consistent self care, regular exercise, giving yourself time to relax and rest, maintain healthy money management, keeping a healthy diet and enough sleep, set and maintain goals, and work on having positive supportive relationships.

Confronting the importance of having job skills and obtaining a job while in recovery can be stressful and overwhelming but it can also make a huge difference in your sobriety. Finding the right support to get a job and job skills is significant and can help with building self esteem, happiness and positive outcomes in recovery.  

At Silver Lining Recovery, we will provide you with a holistic treatment program tailored to your unique needs. Our team of dedicated mental health professionals will walk with you as you take the first steps in recovery. We want you to feel confident in yourself and your sobriety inside the facility and, after completion of the program, in your social and professional spheres. If you’re interested in joining our recovery community, please call us today at (866) 448-4563 for a consultation.

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