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Finding Employment in Addiction Recovery - Momentum Recovery

Finding Employment in Addiction Recovery

Finding Employment in Addiction Recovery - Momentum Recovery

Finding work in recovery is not an easy task. There are many obstacles that people who are going through recovery may face. For example, it may have been a long time since they last held a job. If they have criminal charges on their record relating to drug cases, then this can also be an obstacle for finding work. Furthermore, if you don’t have a lot of education or training, then it can be even harder for you to get a job.

The good news, however, is that there are several things that you can do if you need help finding a job in addiction recovery.

Make an Honest Assessment of Your Skills & Career Goals

Before you start looking for a job, you will need to ask yourself a few questions. What are some of the things that you liked about your last job? What are some of the skills that you have? What do I want to do within the next five to 10 years?

It’s best to come up with some attainable goals and start working towards them. Once you have a few goals written down you can begin to focus further on what you need to do to achieve these goals. 

Understand the Employment Laws in Your State

Because a past criminal history can be a barrier to finding work in recovery, you will need to familiarize yourself with the laws in your state. You shouldn’t lie on your job application. If you have been convicted of a crime, then your employer needs to know that. If the crime is non-violent it may not necessarily stop you from getting the job that you want.

Take Advantage of the Available Resources

Job hunting is not something that you will have to go through alone. There are many resources that you can use if you are struggling to find a job. For example, you can use online job search boards. You can also turn to temporary job agencies and unemployment offices to find a job. They can help you put together a resume and prepare for a job interview.

Keep in mind that if you cannot find a job right away, you should opt for a volunteer position. A volunteer position can help you land a full-time job and it’s a great way to keep busy as well as do good work for someone in need.

How to Keep a Job After Finding Employment

Finding a job in addiction recovery is just part of the struggle. You will have to work just as hard in order to keep the job. It is important for you to familiarize yourself with the rules of the job and expectations so that you can retain your employment.

If you are caught using drugs and alcohol while working, this can be automatic grounds for dismissal. That is why it is important for you to avoid certain places and people so that you can increase your chances of staying sober and maintaining your gainful employment while in recovery.

Why You Should Work While You Are in Recovery

A job will provide you with a new routine, keep your life exciting and fresh, and give you a sense of accomplishment. You will feel good knowing that you are contributing something to society.

Maintaining a job can also be another way to find a support system. We typically spend most of our days at work so we soon become very close with our coworkers. This can lead to great relationships and friends who will help support you in recovery. 

Another great benefit is you will have your own money if you work. Having your own money can make you feel good about yourself and open the door for different opportunities. Furthermore, you will be able to learn new skills and realize you can do things that you never thought you could. You can use the skills you learn to improve your professional and personal life.

Finding Help In Recovery

If you’re ready to take back control of your life and start living healthy, reach out to the team at Momentum Recovery. We help treat a variety of addictions and issues that young men often struggle with. Our highly trained staff have the clinical experience and real-world experience to help young men as they continue their transition from a life ruled by addiction to a life of freedom.