Get back on your feet
Especially in early recovery, it can be difficult to get back on your feet as quickly as you would like. But it’s a challenge you can face with the strength you’ve gained during recovery. The following practical tips for life in early recovery can help you get started off on the right foot and help you pay the bills while you reclaim your life while staying sober and healthy!
Expand your network
Any time that you are looking for a new job, you should start with your network. This might be friends, family, or even your sponsors. If you don’t have a strong support network, look for ways to create one. You might, for example, volunteer with an organization which can put you into contact with others in recovery as well as businesses and nonprofit organizations that may be able to help. You might also join online groups or connect with an employment placement firm that can put you into contact with organizations seeking people with your skills.
Evaluate your expenses
Life may be a whirlwind, but you must slow down and pay attention to where you are spending. For most of us, our living expenses, food, and transportation costs take up the bulk of our budgets. Unfortunately, you can’t do away with these. But you can make tweaks that help you save. Getting a roommate, for example, or temporarily living with friends or family. There is no shame in asking for a hand up as you rebuild your life.
Start your own business
If you filled out dozens of applications and have yet to get a callback, stop. The reason for the silence may simply be a gap in your resume. If you were in inpatient recovery and had to quit your job or you simply did not work during the depths of your addiction, employers may be cautious about hiring.
Fortunately, if you have skills, such as marketing, tutoring, or administration, you can use the internet to start a new business with very little cost. You might open up your online shop, help others produce videos for their blogs, or even find people looking for a personal chef or you can showcase your kitchen skills as a caterer or food sales service. You can save money when you’re starting out by using digital tools, such as an online invoice maker, to achieve business needs.
Prioritize your sobriety
While it might seem like your sobriety and income are unrelated, the truth is that failing to maintain your alcohol or drug-free lifestyle affects your ability to find and maintain gainful employment. There are many substance abuse services and programs available, such as Centered Recovery Programs. Make sure that you are aware of these and that you also continue to go to your meetings and make healthy choices every day.
Avoid your old habits
Along the same lines as prioritizing your sobriety by making healthy choices is learning how to avoid those choices and situations that might lead you toward temptation. As you begin looking for a new job, think about how your previous employment situation might have affected your sobriety. Scholastic explains that stress can make you more vulnerable to relapse, so if you can make a career change now to something more positive, then do so. Other old habits to avoid include spending time with your still-using friends and replacing one bad behavior with another.
To recap: it isn’t always easy to find a job when you’re in addiction or alcohol recovery. It is possible, but it will be a challenge. Remember, use your network and prioritize your own sobriety. If your job hunt fails, don’t be afraid to start your own business. Sometimes, hitting the reset button in your life means changing everything, even your career.
If you’re just starting down your recovery path, Centered Recovery can help! Call us at 800-556-2966 today to speak with one of our addiction specialists!
Guest Blogger, Lucille Rosetti