One of the best ways to regain stability after completing your drug addiction treatment program is to find and keep a job. While the idea of seeking employment can be intimidating, it can also be filled with opportunities to revitalize your career. Beginning with a simple job search, you can help yourself build on what you have achieved through the years and go places you never thought possible.
It’s true your recent addiction and recovery may present some obstacles to getting back into the workforce. You may even have to compromise with a lower-paying position. However, you now have a fresh outlook on life that you learned in your addiction recovery. Chances are, you are stronger and more focused than ever. So, the challenges you face in getting a new job will be easier to overcome. Keep in mind that there are millions of hard-working, successful Americans out there who have also gone through addiction treatment.
Decide What You Want to Do
For many people, substance abuse treatment programs allow them to start their life over. If you completed rehab, you might be looking to build upon your current career path or choose a new work line. Now is the time to decide what you want to achieve and what direction you want to go. If you are unsure, you may want to speak with a job counselor or even take a skills test to identify your abilities.
Whatever you choose to do, it is vital to have direction and goals. This gives you meaning in life and keeps you busy. The more time you spend floating from one job to another or hanging out on the couch, the more likely you will relapse. If you need some tips in getting started, then contact your addiction treatment therapist. You may even want to consider finding a job therapist in your area.
Update Your Resume
If you have worked at the same job for several years before your recovery, it may have been a while since you have filled out a resume. Although times have changed, and technology has changed how people send and review resumes, the basic rules for resumes still apply, such as:
- Use buzzwords or keywords that will get an employer’s attention
- Use professional font, wording, structure, and, of course, paper
- Review lots of resume examples in your line of work to get ideas
- Include only the most important and relevant information in your resume
- Use active language and action verbs to describe your experience and skill
- Make sure you proofread and edit your work
If all of this is too much for you to handle, you can hire a resume writing service to create a resume for you. There are several affordable, quality services that you can find online.
Explore Job Resources for Recovering Job Seekers
Men’s and women’s rehab programs in Maryland often provide job resources during addiction treatment to help people in recovery find employment so that they can get back on their feet. Some resources for recovering job seekers include:
- The Department of Labor One-Stop Career Center
- Temp or employment agencies
- The National Skills Coalition
- Unemployment offices
- The Salvation Army
You can also do an online job search on sites such as Indeed, Monster, Career Builder, or ZipRecruiter, as well as LinkedIn and Facebook job pages.
Contact TruHealing Centers for Addiction Treatment
Regardless of how severe your addiction is, there is always hope at our addiction treatment center in Maryland. To find out more about your addiction recovery options, contact TruHealing Centers at 833.631.0525. We can help you get on the road to recovery from alcohol or drug addiction.