Having gainful employment can be a vital step in the addiction recovery process, and some rehab centers have specialized staff or support services available to help clients achieve this.
Job skills services at rehab centers can help clients learn valuable life skills, build a resume based on past work experience, practice interviewing, and find opportunities for relevant employment.
Getting a job during recovery helps people build self-esteem as well as stability, making a relapse less likely after completing a treatment program.
Benefits Of Receiving Vocational Training During Drug Rehab
There are numerous benefits to receiving quality vocational rehabilitation services during drug or alcohol addiction treatment.
Job skills training teaches people critical skills like time management, budgeting, teamwork, communication, and stress management.
Work education programs can also help job seekers learn specific skills that make them more appealing to employers, such as basic computing or project management.
Vocational rehabilitation programs help clients identify their strengths and develop a job search plan that matches these strengths with job opportunities.
Vocational services can also help clients overcome common barriers to employment, such as disabilities that require assistive technology or the need for childcare and transportation.
How Employment Helps With Addiction Recovery
Unemployment rates are higher among people with substance use disorders than the general population, and job placement often has a direct impact on people’s recovery.
Working provides people with a stable daily routine and helps them avoid the boredom and loneliness that may cause a relapse.
Drug addiction may cause people to feel like they’ve lost control of their lives, and having a new job can give them some of that control back, particularly with finances or independent living.
Jobs can also benefit people by giving them an opportunity to make new friendships and connections, which alleviates the loneliness that may come after rehabilitation.
Can I Work During Addiction Treatment?
Whether or not someone works while receiving care at an addiction treatment center can depend on a variety of factors.
If you don’t have a full-time job when you first begin treatment, employment services may be able to provide referrals to potential employers when you’re ready for it.
Maintaining employment during the initial phases of recovery can be challenging, so consult with your healthcare providers to determine if it’s right for you.
Your employer may also be able to hold your job for you, allowing you to return to it once your treatment program has been completed.
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Published on September 21, 2023
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- National Library of Medicine – Integrating Substance Abuse Treatment and Vocational Services
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – Integrating Vocational Services Into Substance Use Disorder Treatment