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Entering into a life of sobriety can be challenging, and may leave you questioning many things in the beginning. It is typically advised that in early recovery you do not go through too much change, however sometimes this change is necessary. One of the major things you may begin to look at is your current employment situation. A job is needed to make a living, and even more so if you have people that are relying on you. If you already have a job you may be completely happy and content with that, or you may find yourself asking if it is one that you plan to keep. If not, then it may be time for something new. If you do not have a job you may look at a number of different fields you may want to work in.

Reasons for Seeking Employment

Once you become sober you begin to open your eyes to see your life clearly, and you are able to better recognize and handle your responsibilities. You may also open your eyes to what no longer works in your new life of sobriety, such as your current job, and there are a number of reasons this may happen. Ambition is a common occurrence once someone begins gaining traction in recovery. That may be another reason to look for alternative employment options, depending on whether you can climb higher in the business you work for or not. In sobriety you begin to notice what your triggers are, and for you one of those triggers may be work. Whether it be the people, the job itself or just all of it as a whole, you may discover that your work is not conducive to your recovery. After going through treatment you may also begin to notice that people’s actions around you change in the workplace. From some you may even feel judgment, simply because of their lack of understanding or misconstrued perceptions of what addiction is. Nevertheless, it may lead to an awkwardness and leave you feeling uncomfortable. Such conditions can be overwhelming and hard to work under.

Challenges for the Newly Sober

While looking for a new job you will probably encounter a number of challenges along the way. One of these may be the decision of whether or not to tell your possible new employer about your recovery from an addiction during the application/interview process. It is not necessary to disclose such information; however, you may find it better to be open and honest about your recovery. Then again, that honesty can also lead to judgment or later repercussions. For example, if you do get hired by a business where you disclosed information about being in recovery, they may use that later if a mistake occurs on your behalf.

How do I get started?

There are a number of ways to get started if you want a job in a new field of work entirely. One of these is through an internship program, or even volunteering. Through both of these you are able to gain new information and skills at possible careers in a field more fitting for you. Depending on how you fit in the company they may eventually offer you a job simply because you will already have the skills necessary; if not, you have that much more to add onto your resume. It is important to keep in mind that internships are typically unpaid, however the benefits in the end can be more than worth it.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, call 1-800-203-2024, for a free confidential assessment.