Working While in Sober Living

working while in sober livingBuilding a positive daily routine in early recovery is recommended to all patients in recovery who choose to enroll in a sober living program after drug rehab. One of the most positive ways to do this is to find a job and go to work. The benefits are many, and almost every resident in a sober living program will spend the bulk of their time:

  • Looking for employment
  • Working on rebuilding their career
  • Enrolling in an educational program designed to help them increase their employment options
  • Actively working in the position they held prior to treatment or in a new job found after rehab

Benefits of Working While Living in a Sober Living Home

Working provides more than just money. It offers security, a sense of pride and accomplishment, and the ability to get control over one’s circumstance. There is always the option to work harder, find a new job, get a raise or a promotion – all of which will improve one’s financial circumstances and responsibilities.

In recovery, work is instrumental in helping to provide the addict in recovery with:

  • A sense of purpose
  • Proof that they have the ability to support themselves
  • A sense of accomplishment as the days they successfully maintain employment and avoid relapse add up
  • An income that allows them to provide for personal expenses, support family members, or begin to pay off debts incurred in recovery

Choosing the Right Job

When you’re new to recovery, should you opt to go back to your old career? Should you go back to school to pursue a new one? Or should you take the first job that fits your experience and accepts you? The answer will be different for everyone, because everyone’s personal experience will vary. Consider the following:

  • If you lost your licensure due to drug addiction or were formerly in a field or position that will be unlikely to accept you back immediately after drug rehab, then it may be necessary to find other employment.
  • A combination of the above options may be best. Some people may find it helpful to enroll in classes while working full -time. In fact, studies show that students who work 20 hours or fewer while in school full-time have better grades than students who don’t work at all.
  • It may be a good choice for you to initially take the first job that comes your way that fits in with your treatment plan (e.g., does not increase your stress level, does not increase your access to drugs and alcohol, etc.) and then take the job that is better suited to your career plans when it comes along.

Financial Planning

Unless it is your career field, it makes sense to learn about how to budget effectively and plan for your future financially. If you lost all or most of your money to addiction, you will need to be mindful to make your money work for you, your loved ones, and your retirement. Solid financial advice that prioritizes your financial safety and protects against emergency is essential to your peace of mind and your long-term recovery.

Skills training, job-finding assistance, financial planning workshops, and other job-related help may be available at your sober living home of choice. Contact us today to be matched to the right sober living home for your needs.

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