Employment provides people with a sense of purpose and fulfillment in their lives. It helps them structure their time and alleviates their boredom. Employment can also provide people with an opportunity to socialize and make new friends, and lead to an increased self-esteem through receiving praise for a job well done and a paycheck for one’s hard work. It is these reasons that make employment an essential part of a person’s recovery from a substance use disorder.
Just because employment is an important part of a person’s recovery from a substance use disorder doesn’t mean that it’s easy to find a job. In fact, it can be difficult to find a job in early recovery for several reasons, including:
- Gaps in resumes
- Lack of training or education
- Poor self-confidence
- Legal record
People in early recovery usually need assistance in overcoming these challenges, but unfortunately, they rarely receive it. As a result, some sober living facilities are beginning to offer employment services for their residents.
When deciding about which sober living facility you’d like to go to, consider whether it provides employment services. Remember that most sober living facilities require their residents to work, and if they don’t provide you with employment services, you will be stuck finding a job on your own.
Comprehensive employment services include assistance with resume writing, interview practice through role playing, and insight and coaching on how to navigate questions about your legal record. Once you learn these skills, you will have a much better chance of finding a job and enhancing your recovery through employment.
Real Recovery offers vocational support and resume building services for both men and women in our treatment programs. To learn more about these services and our sober living and medication assisted treatment programs, call 855-363-7325 today.