How to Know You’re Ready for a Job After Treatment

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How to Know You’re Ready for a Job After Treatment


When you are out of treatment and into recovery, a normal progression when transitioning into a sober lifestyle is to get a job. Whether you already have a job or must look for one, it may be challenging to start the process for your employment. Addiction may have temporarily incapacitated you professionally, but figuring out if you are ready to get back into the workforce after treatment can begin with asking yourself a few questions.


Am I prepared for the responsibility of a job?
Recovery brings about a ton of changes for you. Deciding if you can add another obligation can affect your sobriety. Make sure you are up for the task of a job while putting your recovery first.


What kind of job should I apply for?
Finding a job that is right for you can seem daunting. You may not have discovered what you want to do when you grow up. Consider different opportunities that may arise and figure out if the job is doable.


How many hours can I work?
Realistically look at your schedule to see if you are capable of part-time or full-time work. Do not overwhelm yourself with too many hours at first, if possible. There will be time to ramp up your hours once you become better equipped.


Will my work environment be conducive to my recovery?
Working in a bar or somewhere that may be a bad influence on you may not be a good choice. Temptations and triggers can lead you to a slippery slope for relapse. Talk over the conditions of your job with someone you trust to get their insight. You should protect your sobriety at all costs.


How stressful will a job be for me?
Depending on what field you plan to go into, assessing the stressors in a job can be helpful in deciding if the job will work for you. One of the reasons addicts use mind-altering substances is to relieve stress. Putting yourself in stressful situations again, can put you in risk for relapse.


Do I have reliable transportation?
Part of keeping a job is being able to suit up and show for the shifts that you are scheduled for. Even if you do not have a car, riding a bus or taking an Uber can get you where you need to be. Reliable transportation is a must unless you plan to work from home.


Am I committed to being on time?
Being on time is another aspect of retaining a job because it is important to adhere to a schedule. If you are consistently running late, it could alter the whole operation.


Can I comply to rules and regulations related to a job?
Typically, addicts do not like to be told what to do, but using recovery tools can change that defect of character. While being employed, you will have to be respectful of the job and of others such as your boss and customers.


If you can answer yes to any of these questions, then you are on your way to becoming an employee. Taking on the responsibility of a job can become another component to long-term sobriety.


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