When a person seeks addiction treatment, they learn that their life will be vastly different than it was before. Several changes will be required if one hopes to achieve long-term recovery from addiction and co-occurring mental illnesses.
Attending meetings, working with a sponsor, practicing abstinence, being accountable, and becoming more responsible are all part of recovery. Being honest with yourself and others is also what men and women learn when they seek treatment.
After treatment, many men and women opt for transitional or sober living. Environments that allow one to live with other people in early recovery significantly strengthen one’s program. Perhaps you are residing in a sober living right now?
Another thing that many individuals realize in treatment is that they may not be able to return to their previous line of work. The reasons vary, but some jobs are not conducive to recovery, and the stress caused by such action could lead to relapse. You may have come to such a realization before leaving treatment and entering sober living.
If so, your transitional living home has probably instructed you to find gainful employment for a number of reasons. Earning money is fulfilling; staying busy will keep your mind off cravings and strengthen your program. Idle time is not healthy for people in early recovery.
Get Well Jobs in Early Recovery
The first year of recovery is made easier by limiting stress. So, if you are looking for a job, please consider the line of work carefully. There will be time to take on roles that demand more from you in the future. However, in the first year, finding what’s known as a “get well” job is hugely beneficial.
Get well jobs are ones that are part-time (typically) and do not demand too much of you. Working in a coffee shop or bookstore are perfect examples of jobs that may not take too much of your emotional energy. Talk to your advisors in sober living to get a better idea of local employment opportunities that will not disrupt your recovery.
Many sober living homes develop relationships with places of employment that are willing to hire men and women in early recovery. Such worksites understand that you will require flexibility and regular and reasonable hours.
Whatever line of work you get into, always remember to put your recovery-first. If you feel that your employment is negatively impacting your recovery, then there is no shame in looking for another job. It’s best not to keep working in an environment that jeopardizes your serenity.
Those not living in transitional living homes should ask their peers at meetings for guidance. Some members may even be able to provide you with employment, and they will understand how to not put too many demands on you. It never hurts to ask for suggestions.
Southern California Treatment and Sober Living
At Pacific Shores Recovery, we offer several addiction treatment programs. Many of our clients utilize our sober living after completing treatment. We have been assisting people in finding recovery for more than twenty years. Pac Shores is a leading provider of Detox, Residential Treatment (RTC), Transitional Housing Solutions (IOP), and Sober Living. Please contact us today to learn more.