If you’re recovering from a drug or alcohol use disorder, you probably want to get back to normal as quickly as possible. Or at least a new normal. This includes regularly attending support programs, rebuilding your social life and finding employment.
With a steady job, you can create structure in your routine, alleviate boredom, fulfill your passion, build skills and earn an income. All of these things are great for recovery! But, you don’t want to take on too much too soon, as this can leave you feeling frustrated or overwhelmed.
To make this transition smoother while reducing your risk for relapse, it’s helpful to get support services. Wolf Creek Recovery’s Phase Two program will help you find employment through resume building, transportation, mock interviews and more. At the same time, you will receive peer support and support from our team.
Below are some of the tips we share with our clients as they start looking for employment after drug rehab in AZ.
Take Advantage of an Assistance Program
Wolf Creek Recovery is an example of an assistance program. These programs help people in recovery find a job after drug rehab. You’ll have to check with each program to see what types of services they offer, as they do vary. You can find these programs at the state and local government level, or through private programs like ours.
Here are some of the services offered in our Phase Two program:
- Paying bills
- Resume building
- Mock interviews
- Education and school assistance
- Transportation to court dates
- Communication with lawyers
- Finding resources in the community
Use Your Support Groups
A great place to look for employment is through your support groups. Your AA/NA group, for example, has members in all stages of recovery. Some have been in recovery for a long time and now work full-time, and they can give you insight into which jobs worked best for them. And who knows – someone in your support group might know of a position that’s open!
Leverage Online Resources
The internet is also a good source for finding employment. The benefit in looking online is that you can submit your resume and cover letter to a wide number of employers. You might feel most comfortable doing things this way, and then practicing for an interview when the time comes. Baby steps.
Consider Part-Time Work
A full-time job after drug or alcohol rehab in Arizona is a big commitment. You may not be able to handle the responsibilities that come with a full-time job, and that’s okay. You need time to heal, and your recovery is still your priority. With this in mind, consider part-time or flex jobs that have fewer hours.
Know Your Rights
According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), substance use is considered a disability. Even though employers are sometimes hesitant to hire those who have struggled with addiction, it is illegal for them to discriminate. If you have a current employer, they’re also unable to discriminate against you from being in an Arizona drug rehab. Knowing your rights can help you become more confident in the workplace.
Wolf Creek Recovery doesn’t just help people with addiction get back on their feet – we also help them build productive, meaningful lives! Contact us today to learn more about our Phase Two program that helps with the practical aspects of sober living.