Previous studies have shown that employers spend millions of dollars each year on absenteeism, lost productivity, and more because of people battling addiction. With this knowledge, it makes sense that most of them would be hesitant to hire someone who has struggled with substance abuse – even if that person has the best of intentions. Of course, you may know well in your heart that you’re going to reach your recovery goals – but your employer isn’t guaranteed this, so it’s going to take some time to prove it to them. Getting a job may take some sincere effort and finding the right opportunity may take some time, but despite the stigma, the reality is that employers are starting to become more understanding as they find ways of helping their employees become stronger in sobriety.
Reports are discussing a new trend that’s taking over in the workplace, and it’s deemed as “recovery friendly” – which highlights the ways that employers are working with local organizations around them to provide more support and offer more accountability to individuals who want to work but have battled with addiction previously. More and more workplaces are starting to overlook employment gaps and minor drug-related police concerns as long as the person they’re working with is open and honest – with the ultimate goal of reducing stigma. Rather than treating a person as a problem, employers are starting to look at these individuals as though they had a medical issue that needs to be addressed – and this is shaping the world of recovery as we speak.
With more companies starting to embrace the histories of those in recovery, it opens up chances to get back into employment while also having the support of those in the workplace.
For those who need or would like to show potential employers what they’re capable of, volunteering could be an excellent place to start – and it can even be done while in rehabilitation. For many people, volunteering is an excellent starting place that provides them with proper skills and support.
Not only can you benefit from adding some work experience to your resume through volunteering, but previous studies have also shown that you can acquire many other benefits, such as:
· Making friends and building a support network
· Developing new skills that could translate well into the workplace
· The opportunity to have a letter recommendation
· Improving your sense of community and purpose in life
· Feeling great after helping others
· Greater chances of reducing anxiety and depression
And so much more
Once it’s time to start applying for positions and completing interviews, there are steps you can take to increase your chances of success.
In addition to preparing a resume and conducting some research on your field and the position you’re applying for, you should start preparing yourself for questions you can expect in the interview. There are several rights that you have within the United States, and you do want to stay informed on these laws that currently protect those who’ve battled with substance abuse:
· Americans with Disabilities Act
· Rehabilitation Act
· Fair Housing Act
· Workforce Investment Act
It is suggested that you do not lie about anything regarding your past/substance abuse history, but do not willingly offer up information unless someone asks you about it. It’s always best to acknowledge any mistakes you’ve made, but place emphasis on the wonderful steps you’ve taken in recovery thus far and how you expect to improve over time. It may take some time and trust for you to find an employer to work with, but the best thing you can do is be patient with yourself, keep trying and don’t give up hope.
The Bridge NYC is a boutique luxury sober living facility for men seeking a concierge experience to balance outpatient programs, school, or work-life resulting in a sustainable, lasting recovery. Call (646) 928 0085 today for more information about admissions or The Clean Fun Network.