Employment in Sobriety - Reentering the Workforce

Now that you have completed residential treatment and are transitioning back into normal living, you are probably hunting for a job so you can pay rent and meet your basic needs. Employment is important for many reasons, not only so that we may be self sufficient but also so we may feel that we have purpose and we are making a contribution to society. Hopefully you are eager to rejoin the workforce now that you have entered recovery; however, there are a few important things to consider as you examine your employment options for the sake of your continued sobriety.

First, you should strive to land a job which improves your self-esteem, one you look forward to when you wake up each morning. Unfortunately, there are many entry-level jobs here in South Florida which prey on those in early recovery, jobs which call for unethical behavior in order to succeed. While these jobs may tempt you with promises of quick and easy cash, you should avoid them at all costs. Those who have tried these jobs will tell you the toll they take on your integrity and self-esteem is not worth the money earned during their time there. You have the rest of your life to build a career and financial success, better to keep your integrity and wait for something better to come along.

Another trap those in early recovery often fall into is allowing work to take over their schedule and focus in life. You likely suffered financial hardships as a result of your addiction, and you may feel compelled to make up for lost time by putting forth as much effort as possible into your work. While this is a commendable goal, it can come at the expense of your recovery program which is not at all in your best interests. You are no good to your employer when you are not sober, and you would be putting your sobriety at risk if you were to sacrifice your recovery program for extra hours at work.

Part of living in recovery is finding and maintaining a healthy balance in your life. You should be excited about finding and starting a new job, but do not let this become your top priority. “Anything we put before our recovery we are destined to lose” is one of the many sayings which has echoed in the rooms of 12-step recovery meetings for decades, and it proves true time and time again. As you seek employment, remember that a job in early recovery should cover your living expenses while leaving you enough time to enjoy your recovery program, socialization, and other activities in order to ensure a healthy, balanced life.


Evolutions is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center located in beautiful South Florida. Our holistic approach to addiction treatment centers around addressing and healing the underlying issues at the root of addiction, rather than merely medicating symptoms away.

Our treatment program includes individual and group-based therapy to help clients understand and manage their symptoms and emotions.

If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, alcoholism, or any co-occurring disorders please call us at (833) 818-3031 or visit www.evolutionstreatment.com