Finding a job after rehab may seem stressful and may come with a number of complications.
But here at Findlay Recovery, we work with clients to provide treatment that works, from people who care. Our affordable treatment program provides comprehensive support that includes aftercare planning and helps clients develop a goal for their future.
Finding a job is often difficult and can cause undue stress for clients who have just completed rehab. Below, we have put together some tips and resources for those who are looking to get hired after rehab.
The Importance of Finding a Job After Rehab
Finding a job after rehab is often seen as one of the most critical steps to take. It can provide many benefits and support for those who are in recovery and are working to maintain their sobriety.
Following rehab, individuals who don’t have a substance-free home to return to often have to search for housing. Having a job is often a requirement for individuals who choose to live in a sober community, drug-free building, or other structured rehabilitative aftercare. Having a job is also a crucial part of general apartment hunting, as most will not approve a lease without regular income.
Finding a job after rehab is also essential for structure. Individuals who attend a residential treatment center or an intensive outpatient or partial hospitalization program have learned to maintain a structured schedule. Maintaining this through work or school is beneficial and can provide the right amount of responsibility for those in recovery.
Finally, getting hired after rehab can provide a sense of accomplishment and allow a client to develop a self-care routine that involves managing daily stressors and triggers that may occur. The responsibility and sense of accomplishment can help build self-efficacy and help individuals in recovery to maintain their sobriety.
Tips for Finding a Job After Rehab
While there are many factors that can work against an individual who is searching for a job after rehab, there are resources and supports to help combat those. During rehabilitation, clients often complete a vocational assessment that can help counselors and program managers determine the best type of vocational training. A 2020 study showed that individuals who completed an Individual Placement and Support program with vocational focus were eleven times more likely to find competitive employment.
Find a Recovery Friendly Workplace
There are many locations around the nation that are recovery-friendly. These initiatives can offer those in recovery technical assistance, guidelines, and resources that help the employees and employers to acknowledge and find supportive balance at work.
Client-operated businesses are also an option for individuals searching for a job after rehab. These locations are run by former addicts and are looking to give back to the community and provide support for those in recovery by offering them employment and sometimes even on-the-job education and certifications.
Recovery-Friendly Employment Policies
It can also be helpful to find a business with recovery-friendly employment policies. Environments that acknowledge use and provide support for those who are struggling are more knowledgeable and accepting of those in recovery than some other businesses may be.
State Employment Services
Many states have an employment services branch to help provide vocational rehabilitation. Through this process, individuals can apply to work with a vocational rehabilitation counselor and develop a plan for employment. Individuals will participate in services and job search activities.
Resources for People Looking for a Job After Rehab
While resources may vary by location, there are options for those who are looking for job support.
State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies can support individuals looking for job support and counseling.
Veterans and servicemembers struggling with addiction and other mental health disorders can find support through the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services Center.
Lastly, clients may also find local support and client-operated businesses like DV8 Kitchen Vocational Training Foundation in Lexington, Kentucky. This business is designed to provide on-the-job training and support for those in recovery.
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