Something that drug and alcohol addicts often miss out on is learning how to find and keep a job. When people start abusing drugs and alcohol at a very young age, their inability to work is often impeded. Virtually all mental, spiritual, personal, and cognitive growth ceases when one starts abusing drugs and alcohol. It is like pressing the pause button on an individual’s growth towards adulthood. If a person hasn’t become very experienced yet in the American workforce, then he or she is going to have a hard time finding a job not just while an addict, but even after completing rehab and getting clean too.
The foundation of financial stability in this nation is employment, and so many addicts miss out on that thanks to their addictions. Addiction almost always takes priority for drug and alcohol abusers over retaining a job does, so many addicts end up losing their employment and becoming homeless as a result of their substance abuse.
Recovering drug users and individuals who have completed rehab and are trying to start their lives anew must be able to keep a job after they complete rehab because they must be able to pay the rent and other obligations too to keep them above water and prevent them from relapsing. Fortunately for them, many inpatient treatment centers teach patients how to retain employment at their rehab centers.
Many treatment programs have seen the massive need for work-life skills amongst their clients. Because of this, they have begun to teach recovering addicts how to find a simple job, and how to hold that job once it’s found, and how to do well at that job. What’s been found too is that if the job is relatively straightforward, like taking on employment in retail, recovering drug users are far more likely to retain it and stick with it than they would be for a very strict or high demand job.
While it’s true that not all entry level jobs that an addict picks out as being a good choice are stress-free, many of them are, and many of them can give a recovering addict the chance to get back on his or her feet. Recovering addicts who know how to and can retain employment can start building a strong financial foundation right after they get out of rehab, so they’ll be much less likely to relapse in the long run because of it. It was found that recovering addicts who don’t seek and obtain gainful employment after rehab are up to twice as likely to abuse drugs and alcohol as individuals who do.
History of Work Skills in Rehab
Work skills are something that is still relatively new to the addiction rehabilitation community. It hasn’t been taught for very long, though it certainly has been groundbreaking when it has been brought on to any program. What was found in the late 1990s and the early 2000s was that, no matter how good a rehab program was, individuals were still relapsing after rehab. Why was this? What was the hidden factor that was causing so many to struggle and fail at their goals and objectives?
It was observed that almost all recovering addicts who were relapsing did not have jobs. Unemployment probably the most commonly shared characteristic of them all. Many of them had gotten and tried to hold a job, but they had been very unsuccessful in keeping it, and many others didn’t even try to get a job once they had completed rehab in the first place.
Serenity’s Work Skills Program
“Work Skills” is an often spoken term that we hear in the rehabilitation community. We hear this one often and sometimes question, “What exactly is meant by that?” These two words in conjunction imply skills one would learn to help navigate more efficiently through life at the workplace. It would also suggest the teaching of the skills necessary to simply be able to go out and find a job. This is the goal at Serenity with its work skills program.
Serenity helps addicts in recovery find and hold jobs by:
- Teaching clients how actually to go out and find a job and then get the job.
- Teaching clients how to do well in their chosen field and how to tackle it head on and be the best they can be on a daily basis at their job of choice.
What we’ve noticed at Serenity is that, when young people start using and abusing alcohol and drugs to their hearts’ content, they frequently miss out on some of life’s most valuable lessons, including things like finishing school and obtaining and holding a job. It is believed by most within the addiction recovery field and in the sober, recovering community that early substance abuse stunts emotional maturity for anyone who does drugs or drink to excess. This can make getting a job after rehab is completed rather tricky and difficult, particularly when it comes to young adult substance abuse, and this is why we have seen so much success from including works skills in our very own program.
Why Work Skills are Effective
When chemical dependency and addiction take the center stage in anyone’s life and become the centerpiece of that person’s life, parents, educators, mentors, bosses, supervisor, seniors, and other significant role models and persons of authority lose that very same authority and ability to influence in positive, nurturing ways.
This is why it is so important to hold a class at a rehab center that teaches recovering addicts how to get a job, starting with teaching recovering addicts to search for one online and ending with actually teaching recovering addicts how to be better employees in general.