Entering the workforce again after treatment for a drug and alcohol addiction feels like a whole new experience. For those who have extensive experience working and applying to jobs, it can still feel like an entirely different experience because they are sober for the first time in a long time. Others are new to working. Drugs and alcohol took them down a path which led them away from traditional jobs, which would require building a resume and interviewing. It is a gift and a reward of recovery to be able to apply for jobs, get a job or multiple jobs, and start earning an honest income. Honesty is the key. When those in recovery go back to work, they are going back to work honestly, showing up honestly, and doing their work honestly. Getting a job requires more than a resume and good job interviewing skills, though these skills are important.
Your story of strength and perseverance
Addiction and alcoholism are riddled with shame. Making the decision to disclose your experience with drug and alcohol addiction, as well as your recent treatment experience, is a big decision to make. An interview might be the best time to mention it or the worst time to mention it. Without mentioning your history and recovery specifically, you can thematically pull from your experiences to create the story of you. Most employers will ask you to do something like describing yourself. While you might think about your struggles, character defects, and the fact that you’re a recovering addict, you might not think about the inherent strengths in these experiences. You’ve overcome a great deal of adversity with strength, courage, and discipline. You are capable of creating incredible change and sticking to them. When it comes to looking at yourself honestly, you do not shy away from the mirror. You are capable of learning new habits, building new tools, and persevering through challenges. Never sell yourself short in an interview because of your experiences with addiction. They help shape you into the incredible person that you are.
Harmony Place offers a full continuum of care from residential detox to transitional living. Clients in our aftercare program have access to our vocational rehabilitation resources in which they can build their resume, develop job skills, and even apply for scholarships to go back to school. Call us today for a private consultation and information on our dual diagnosis programs: 1-855-652-9048