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How Do I Find a Nine-to-Five Job after Rehab?

How Do I Find a Nine-to-Five Job after Rehab?Finding employment after addiction may seem impossible. You may feel your past will prevent you from moving forward with the future. While the current job market is frustrating for any potential employee, plenty of opportunities exist for individuals in recovery.

Reach Out to Your Recovery Network

If you think that addiction has led to burned bridges, a lack of references, and no business connections, think again. Your recovery itself can provide opportunities. Talk with your treatment center, individuals you met during recovery, and members of your support group. Let them know you are looking for a job. At the very least, they can act as references for you, and they may know of employers willing to offer second chances or have heard of recent job openings.

Reach Out to Support Services

Nonprofit organizations and government groups can connect you to career centers and employers who are looking for hard-working individuals. Various employment groups exist to promote the benefits of hiring individuals in recovery. America in Recovery lists these benefits as including the following:

  • Recovering addicts do not take their jobs for granted and are willing to work hard and be productive.
  • Recovering addicts are likely to stay with a good job and reduce turnover rates.
  • Recovering addicts are typically happy and positive individuals.

These groups and the employers that work with them recognize what recovering addicts have to offer and are ready to hire them and give them a second chance.

Fill In Your Resume

If you can’t get work in your area of choice at first, consider volunteering, interning, or returning to school. This prevents large gaps from developing in your employment history and shows your willingness to improve your hire-ability and skills. While low-paying jobs or unpaid volunteering may seem like a step down, they are the first stages to bigger and better jobs where you can put your unique talents to work. They may also offer healthier and lower stress environments for your early recovery.

Get Addiction Help to Get Hired

If you are ready to put an end to your addiction and reenter the workforce as a healthy and productive individual, call our toll-free helpline. We are here 24 hours a day to connect you to real recovery resources that will start you on the path to a healthier life, happier family, and productive career.