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How to Return to Work After Addiction

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How can you get your job back after rehab? Going back to work after rehab is one of the top priorities for recovering addicts. But often they feel intimidated by some of the barriers between them and employment. They fear the social stigmas attached to addiction. Additionally, they worry that explaining their gap in employment history could lead to discrimination.

You are not alone. More than ten percent of the American population is recovering from addiction. Returning to work after addiction is just another step toward a successful sobriety.

Returning to a Previous Job After Treatment

Employers cannot fire someone for being in recovery from addiction. However, recovering addicts may encounter difficulties when returning to their former positions. Co-workers might treat them differently. There’s the potential for gossip and judgment. But difficult does not mean impossible. When coming back to the job after going through rehab, it’s important to:

  • Avoid making assumptions: You might be projecting your insecurities onto others. Give them the same chance you’re asking for, and don’t assume anything about them or the way they’re feeling.
  • Persevere: Focus on your work and not on your coworkers. Take it one day at a time.
  • Continue with your recovery: Stress is a huge risk factor for relapse. Make sure to attend treatment programs to get the support you need to stay sober.

Tips for Finding a Job After Rehab

If you cannot or do not want to return to your former position, it’s not the end of your professional life. Finding a new job after rehab is possible. Here are some tips for you if you’re in recovery and beginning your job search:

  1. Update your resume and know your professional goals: Know what type of professional work you’d like to do and which types of work could potentially trigger a relapse.
  2. Know your rights: You are not required to disclose your addiction to employers. However, if your addiction will show up during a background check, it’s important to be honest during the interview process.
  3. Ask for help: Plenty of organizations assist people returning to work after addiction. America in Recovery, the National Hire Network and the Salvation Army are just a few programs that offer support.

The Next Step in Your Journey

Jobs offer stability and normalcy in your life, and both are important factors in the recovery processes. As long as you are continuing your recovery, there’s no reason you can’t achieve professional success during your sobriety.

Synergy Recovery Services provides discreet and compassionate outpatient care. Contact us at 661-878-9100, or schedule an appointment online. We’ll give you the support you need to stay sober during this next step in your journey.

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