A man participates in a job interview - Finding A Job In Early Recovery

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), employment is reported as the top life priority by people in all stages of recovery.

Although a job search may seem difficult and daunting, you can rest assured there are resources you can utilize when it comes to finding employment in early recovery.

For instance, you can get a job by connecting with the United States Department of Labor, contacting unemployment offices, and taking advantage of the career centers in your area.

Peer Support Workers

SAMHSA states there are peer support workers who have had successful addiction recovery and go on to help others in similar situations.

Peer support workers can assist with administering programs, educating the public, and developing resources for those in recovery who are navigating the job market.

You may have a peer support worker assigned to you who can focus on your individual needs to prepare you for the workforce.

The United States Department Of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor provides a One Stop Career Center which provides information and resources for part-time and full-time employment opportunities.

The One Stop Career Center can also help find a prospective employer for you, finding the right work environment in the process.

Additionally, the U.S. Department of Labor can provide you with information regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which you may qualify for. ADA protects workers against discrimination and provides legal protection.

You can find information for assistance programs to further your self-care recovery journey when you contact the U.S. Department of Labor.

Unemployment Offices

Unemployment offices and career centers in your area can help you with resume writing and job applications. If you have a criminal record and unexplained gaps in your resume, you may have difficulties finding a potential employer.

However, the workers at unemployment offices can help point you in the direction of jobs which offer second chance options.

Additionally, remember to add any certifications you received during treatment to your resume. This shows your commitment to sobriety and the work you put in to successfully complete an addiction treatment program.

Recovery Centers

Some treatment facilities offer support and information for those seeking employment opportunities while participating in a recovery program.

If possible, your chosen recovery center may vouch for your stability and progress, providing letters of recommendation for your new job.

Recovery centers can help prepare you with techniques and tools to use while searching for a job.

Benefits Of Getting A Job In Early Recovery

SAMHSA states there are several positive outcomes for individuals with substance use disorders who receive treatment, including:

  • higher rates of abstinence
  • fewer parole violations
  • more successful transition from long-term inpatient treatment back to the community
  • lower rates of recurrence
  • less criminal activity
  • improvements in quality of life

Additionally, those who find a new job opportunity may gain a sense of purpose by having obligations to meet and taking an active role in the recovery process.

For information on our drug and alcohol addiction treatment options, including dual diagnosis care, support groups, and more, please contact Northeast Addictions today.      

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