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Is it Difficult to Obtain Employment After Treatment?


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Obtaining employment is one major concern for individuals who are about to enter treatment programs. While you may feel apprehensive, there are many services available that are a part of some treatment programs to help you feel more prepared, confident, and at ease. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, people who are recovering from alcoholism or drug addictions are protected by the following:

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • The Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • The Fair Housing Act (FHA) and
  • The Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

These non-discrimination laws protect individuals who have had a past with addiction. The Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act prohibit most employers from refusing to hire, firing, or discriminating within the terms of employment against any qualified job applicant or employee based on disability. Now that you know you are legally protected, you can learn of the resources available to you to help you obtain employment.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, vocational rehabilitation may include job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skill training. Some treatment centers offer this and if they do, you may be able to receive excellent training to prepare you for the job hunt, obtaining the job, and maintaining home and work life after. Previous research has shown that vocational services have proven very beneficial to individuals transitioning from residential treatment to community and home life.

A 2016 study conducted by researchers who examined 7,798 individuals with alcohol abuse/dependence found that counseling and guidance services significantly enhanced competitive employment outcomes.  By utilizing vocational services through your treatment center, you are maximizing your potential and gaining additional information and skills that may not have been readily available to you before. Obtaining employment post-treatment may take some time, but if you are patient, determined, and work hard at preparing your resume, cover letter, and interviewing skills, you will obtain a job in no time.

If you are seeking a treatment center that provides excellent vocational and educational assistance as you recover from your addiction or mental illness, call us today at 888-743-0490. Simple Recovery provides a three-tiered phase for your success: Foundation, Creation, and Opportunity. Each phase is designed to help you feel prepared and ready for re-entry into the workforce or classroom, whatever your goals may be. You are ready to get the help you deserve. Call us now to begin your journey to recovery.