Getting back to work after rehab can provide individuals in early recovery the structure and accountability needed to build self-esteem and maintain sobriety. For those in early recovery, just knowing that there’s a place to go to every day can help support personal stability, which is a critical component of recovery. In addition, there are at least 5 good reasons to why getting back to work can help recovering individuals stay on the sober path:
Income/Self-sufficiency: Just like everyone else, recovering individuals need to be able to stand on their own feet, and by having a job to look forward to, they have the ability to assert their intentions to re-establish self-sufficiency.
Normalcy: Having and keeping a job help individuals in recovery feel that their lives are getting back to normal. In addition to getting into the community, the daily normalcy of productive life and the engagement with a new circle of friends and co-workers can also help support these individuals on their effort to maintain their sobriety.
Responsibility: Getting a job can promote trust, as individuals in recovery commit to certain responsibilities at work which they are bound to perform. Performing their daily expected duties show that they are capable of honoring their responsibilities. This is very important as it helps recovering individuals regain their own sense of responsibility.
Constructive use of time: One of the earliest mishaps of substance abuse, addiction and addictive behavior is the loss of self-esteem. In early recovery, recovering individuals are still vulnerable and getting a job makes it easier to restore self-esteem by accepting new challenges and taking on new assignments.
Restore self-esteem: One of the earliest mishaps of substance abuse, addiction and addictive behavior is a loss of self-esteem. In early recovery, recovering individuals are still vulnerable and getting a job makes it easier to restore self-esteem by accepting new challenges and taking on tougher assignments.
While there’s no denying that having a job can be a powerful tool in helping recovering individuals to live a happy, healthy and sober life, it’s important to note that there are some job-related behaviors which can pose risks to long-term recovery. Perhaps the most dangerous behavior is the burn-out which can create a situation in which someone in early recovery could slip into relapse. Individuals in early recovery are advised to pace themselves and perform their duties to the best of their abilities while asking for help when needed.
In closing, let us remind those on the path to recovery that taking care of self is the number one task that comes before any other. Never be hungry, angry, lonely, or tired (the H.A.L.T. acronym of Alcoholics Anonymous).
We at Florida Center for Recovery wish all recovering individuals a lasting sober life and the happiness they deserve and work so hard for.
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Dr. Balta is the Medical Director at FCR for more than 10 years. Dr. Balta is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, Certified Psychoanalyst. As well, as having Psychiatric Training at The Albert Einstein School of Medicine Psychiatric Residency Program In New York City and Psychoanalytic Training at The William Alanson White Institute in New York City. While working in New York City, gained funding Grants for the treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders from SAMHSA , HRSA and the City of New York.