Know Your Rights
You have legal rights if you seek employment after recovering from addiction. 1 The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits employers from discriminating against people with substance abuse disorders who aren’t currently using drugs.
Through rehab, you likely met new people who are on the same path. This new network can help in your job search. Talk to friends, counselors, sponsors, or anyone else who has helped in your recovery. They may be able to help you find a career after addiction rehab. These are people who are familiar with your struggles and successes.
Take Advantage of Assistance Programs
Look for programs in your area that help people find jobs after rehab. There are usually programs that can offer advice and help for those looking to re-enter the job market.
Use Online Resources
Use online resources that can help you in your job search. Several job boards can help match candidates with companies that give people a second chance. These include:
- American in Recovery
- The National Skills Coalition
- The National Hire Network
- The Salvation Army
Be Patient & Realistic
Finding employment after addiction rehab can take time. It’s important to be patient and realistic about your expectations. You may need to accept a lower-paying job to re-enter the workforce and hone your skills. You can use this as a stepping stone for future employment.
Realize that you may have to prove yourself to new employers. This takes time and perseverance. But, as you work hard, you’ll build new successes leading you on your new path.
Continue to Make Your Recovery a Priority
Be sure that any new job you seek does not jeopardize your recovery. The type of job should be void of any triggers. It should also allow you any time you need for extended care programs for your recovery. New employment should not interfere with your recovery or make you more prone to relapse.
Getting Help for Addiction at Silver Sands Recovery
If you’re ready to get addiction help, the Silver Sands Recovery team is here for you. We offer a variety of addiction treatment programs to help people get on a path to recovery. Our team gets to know each patient to tailor a program that gives them the highest chance of success.
At Silver Sands Recovery, we help people battle their addictions and prepare them for their new life with our extended care programs. These programs help people transition smoothly from treatment and give them the tools for success.
Call us today to learn more, or reach out online to begin the path to sobriety that you deserve. Let us show you why more people in the Prescott, Arizona, area trust Silver Sands Recovery for their addiction treatment programs.
About the author:
Lisa Waknin is the Founder and Director of Silver Sands Recovery, located in Prescott, Arizona. Lisa started Silver Sands Recovery after immersing herself in the addiction treatment world for several years to figure out what could be done differently to help her daughter and others like her to overcome addiction and stay sober. She believes in a hands-on treatment approach, which includes taking someone out of their environment, providing a 90-day program in a structured environment. During treatment, clients not only recover physically but also learn to live their life again. Lisa is a sought-after expert speaker for recovery support groups, charities, schools, communities, and companies wanting to educate themselves on the explosion of opiate and heroin abuse in our country and the best way to understand, treat, and beat it.