Finding A Job After Substance Use Disorder Recovery

If a guest was not employed during the time of their treatment or put their life on hold to complete their treatment, their first priority after treatment will be to find a job. For a person in recovery, the job search can feel daunting. And, it’s understandable to feel like there are barriers like a lapse in between jobs and worrying about discrimination due to recovery. However, getting a job is not impossible, and we are here to help you reach that goal. When looking for a job, think back to the last job or last few jobs you’ve had. Ask yourself: what did I like and not like about the job, what skills do I have, and where do I want to be in the next five to eight years. These types of questions can give you a clear list of what to look for and what not to look for in your next job, while also setting a realistic path of what you’re capable of doing.

Three tips to follow when thinking about your next job: Set realistic expectations. After looking for jobs, create a pros and cons list of those opportunities. If the cons outweigh the pros or you think the expectations of the job will be too much – don’t apply. Think long term. Look for a job with growth opportunities. High stress vs low stress. Think about if you want a high-stress position or if you’re looking for more of a low stress job. We encourage our guests to not just pick any job that is available to them. This type of behavior can lead to unwanted and unnecessary stress that can trigger a relapse. After you’ve applied to the jobs you think you’ll be happy with, it’s time to think about your interview.

Honesty is always the best policy; however, it’s important to understand what an employer can and cannot ask during your job interview. An employer may ask about current drug use, but they cannot ask you about prior drug use. During your interview, you should focus on your skill set and how you can benefit the company. If, for some reason, your recovery does come up, be honest. But, remember, you do not have to go into detail about your recovery. As with any medical condition, you are not under legal obligation to give them full disclosure. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) does protect you. After obtaining a job, it doesn’t stop there. It’s important to always come through with the promises that you made to your employer like being on time, fulfilling your job duties and maintaining a good relationship with your co-workers. For many who are just coming out of recovery, it can be hard to find a job and adjust to a new life.

A new job can give you a sense of purpose, responsibility and community. The employees are Framework Recovery and the other guests in recovery are here to help you gain confidence in yourself, your recovery and your ability to lead a sober lifestyle.

01 April 2020
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