Transitioning from the structured environment of a rehabilitation center to life outside can be daunting. The importance of setting up appropriate aftercare and a relapse prevention plan cannot be understated as you work to readjust to your new life in recovery.
For many individuals leaving rehab, your path forward will involve seeking out employment. At SOBA College Recovery, our program aims to provide you with the education you may need to pursue your desired career in recovery. We firmly believe that providing an opportunity for furthering your education while you receive help for your addiction can be helpful not only in providing you with healthier coping skills, but also equip you with knowledge that will serve you well once you have graduated from our program.
While maintaining your sobriety may sometimes feel like a full-time job in and of itself, finding stable, suitable employment can provide several benefits for those who have struggled with addiction.
Employment can be a rewarding experience in many respects and can help replace some of the structure you may have lost upon discharging from your New Jersey rehab center. Through work, you can nurture your personal morale and continue to explore what you find meaningful in your life.
Finding Employment in Recovery
Everyone has different ideas about what may be appealing to them regarding employment in the early stages of recovery. However, whether your interest extends to whatever job you secure, or a specific career you’re determined to pursue with your new educational achievements, what may be most important in your job search is ensuring your new job will be able to provide the structure and sobriety-friendly environment you need.
For this important life change, it’s best to make a plan – preferably with an aftercare counselor or other trusted treatment providers who can help you explore your options.
You may consider following these steps as you embark on this next step in your recovery:
1. Make a list of any contacts you have who can assist you or provide support, such as family, reliable friends, or former employment contacts who may be able to vouch for your skills and experience.
2. Consider what you are looking for in your new position.
a. What jobs/career are you qualified to apply for based on your skills and education?
b. What aspects of work have you enjoyed in any previous employment?
c. What do YOU like and/or want to do?
3. Create a resume. Your aftercare provider(s) may be able to provide you with tips regarding some of the more sensitive parts of this, such as how to make sure any work gaps that occurred as a consequence of your struggles are not glaring. However, you can also explore the numerous resources that are available online for building an impressive resume.
4. Search available job and internship positions advertised online. If you have any specific businesses in your area that you know you are interested in, you may also consider stopping by in person to express your interest in working for them. This can work in your favor as it displays your initiative.
Lastly, it’s important to practice positive coping skills throughout this process as you navigate what can be a stressful transition. Seek out and accept help from those around you if you feel yourself struggling or on the verge of relapse.
Reach out to SOBA New Jersey today if you need help recovering from your addiction and would like to further your education for a more fulfilling life in sobriety.