Employment after Drug Abuse and Addiction

Employment after Drug Abuse and Addiction

Finding work after drug abuse and addiction can be tough for a number of reasons. Most people have hit quite a low point in their lives when they decide to seek treatment, and often that rock bottom includes getting fired. In other cases, the addict may have had an extended period of time where they were jobless and homeless. Some people coming out of treatment may have little to no job experience whatsoever. Here are some things you can do to make employment after addiction happen, and who knows you may even land your dream job!

First things First

To get a job, there are a few things you need to have in place, and while they may seem obvious, lots of people don’t have them. No matter the job, employers want to know that the person they are hiring is a) really who they say they are and b) reliable. As you begin to job hunt, make sure to get these documents in order:

  • ID – Drivers License would be ideal but if that isn’t possible, a state-issued ID will do.
  • Passport or social security card – you will need this for tax purposes.
  • Something confirming your address – many people in recovery are starting new, and may live in a halfway house. Sober home managers can give you paperwork documenting that you live there.

Additionally, make sure that your resume is updated and ready to go for any employer. The last thing you want to do is scramble for this at the last minute. If you need help writing one, there are many websites that can give you templates. Also, ask friends or relatives who may be able to take a look and make suggestions. 

Work Hard To Get Hired

They say it’s a full-time job to get a job, and it is. If you have access to a computer, set aside most of the day to apply to jobs via job sites like Indeed.com and Careerbuilder.com. These sites are great resources where you can type in your job field and the area you live and get hundreds of results.

You may need physically put yourself out there to get a job when you are first in recovery from drug abuse and addiction. Go to your local mall and ask the stores what kinds of openings they have. You can also visit firms in person to hand them your resume and make a personal impression.

When applying for jobs, always keep in mind that you’ll need to commute there and back each day if you get it. Also, you’ll need to be prepared to get there if you land an interview. Make sure you have access to a car or public transportation so that you seem reliable and hard-working from the start.

Finally, follow up like crazy. Don’t assume that sending your resume over once should be the end. Pick up the phone and call, or send a follow-up email. Don’t be shy, and the employer will take notice.

Work Hard At Whatever You Do

No matter what job you get, do it great. Even if it isn’t your ideal job, work hard at it, and good things will come your way. Realize that as long as you keep working hard and doing the right thing, better things will continue to come your way. More doors will open and your the time your spent dealing with drug abuse and addiction will become further and further behind you.

People appreciate hard workers and like to reward them. So do your best. At the same time, make sure not to burn yourself out. Taking on too many side jobs can lead to stress, which could lead to a relapse. That’s the last thing you need because then you’ll end of jobless and begin the whole cycle all over again.

Try to find a good balance of working hard, relaxing and doing the things you love, and keeping your recovery at the front of your mind. If you find that you took on too many jobs or too much work, ask for help or take a step back. By doing so you are giving yourself a lot of TLC that you probably never have before. You are making yourself a priority.

Stay Humble and Put Recovery First

Recognize that you may not get your dream job right away. You may have been a marketing director in your past life who is going for cashier jobs, and that is ok. Get your foot in the door, you need to start somewhere!

Once you have moved past drug abuse and addiction, be sure to keep your recovery and sobriety at the forefront of your mind. It’s the most important thing – the thing keeping everything else together. Work is important, of course, but you won’t be capable of doing anything if your addiction is getting the best of you. Work hard to stay sober, and everything else will fall into place exactly as it is meant to be.

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