Monday, August 15, 2016

Getting Back into the Workplace After Addiction Recovery

Women in a business meeting
If you’re on a journey to sobriety, you may have had to take a leave of absence from your job or quit entirely to get the help you need. But, you may be wondering how to reenter the workforce? While finding a new job may seem like a daunting task, it’s an important part of addiction recovery. The simple act of going to work can help you regain a sense of independence and normalcy in your life.

3 Strategies for Going Back to Work 

1. First and foremost, you should know your rights as an applicant. As part of the Americans with Disabilities Act, employers are prohibited from discriminating against recovering drug addicts and alcoholics seeking employment. And, if you feel that you’ve been discriminated against as a result of seeking addiction treatment in the past, you can file a charge of discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

2. Take the time to reevaluate your professional goals. While you may be eager to jump back into the workplace, consider the type of work you did before seeking treatment and explore the pros and cons. Did you enjoy that line of work? Great! If not, think through why. Was it too fast-paced? Were you unhappy with the lack of on-the-job training opportunities? During your journey to living a sober life, you have grown mentally, spiritually and physically. As a result, take this opportunity to ensure your next line of work supports your new, stronger self.

3. Ease into the transition. Protecting your health and your sobriety should be your number one priority. That’s why it’s important to avoid rushing into major life changes that may cause stress and trigger the unhealthy coping skills you worked hard to put behind you. If you’re worried about reentering the workplace, consider just starting with part-time work or finding a workplace with flexible hours.

Employment and Educational Assistance 
Rising Roads offers women comprehensive employment and educational assistance to help you with the application process including interview coaching, resume building and professional networking. Begin your individual journey to recovery in our serene and supportive environment by calling 866.746.1558. Together, we can help you find your way into the workforce and regain your confidence.

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