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Returning to work after rehab

Whether you are returning to your existing job following rehab, or whether you have lost your job as a result of your illness, returning to work after rehab is possible.

Many people worry about their employability as a recovering addict and are concerned about entering a new and unfamiliar workplace.

So many recovering addicts have wonderful jobs and their choice to complete rehab treatment has allowed them to fulfil their professional potential.

If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, or if you need advice about going back to work following rehab, then we are always here.

Call us today to talk to an addiction specialist.

Can I get my job back after rehab?

The security of your job after completing rehab will depend on a number of factors:

  • How you left your job
  • The agreement you have with your employer
  • Company policies

A common fear many have about going to rehab is that they will lose their job or that they can’t take the time off.

Approaching your employer about your addiction can be a very daunting process, but it is important to tell them and take initiative.

Learn more about how to tell your boss about your situation.

When you return to your existing job after rehab, you will be greeted with support and understanding from your employer and colleagues.

It is important that you ease back into work slowly.

Depending on the arrangement you have with your company, you may be able to return part-time for a period while you reintegrate into society and your new life post-rehab.

Unsure about what to expect post-rehab? Read more.

How to return to employment after rehab

Recognising you need the help is half the battle – accepting the help is another.

If you have lost your job as a result of your substance abuse, or if you are seeking a new job after a long period of unemployment, then the job search can be daunting.

During the early stages of recovery, you may want to apply for a job that you can do easily and without stress.

This will allow you to concentrate on your own recovery.

Having a job will also provide a positive distraction from any cravings you may experience in the early recovery period.

Why should I return to work after rehab?

There are so many benefits to returning to an existing job, or finding a new one after rehab:

  • A job will give you a rigid routine and a positive distraction from cravings
  • You will have economic stability
  • Those who return to work are less likely to relapse
  • You can build a professional and social life
  • A job will give you a sense of purpose and fulfilment

Learn more about how to rebuild your life after rehab.

Ease back into work slowly

Work can be stressful and tiring, especially after finishing rehab, and as a recovering addict.

Consider going back part-time or beginning with flexible volunteering roles. Beginning with volunteering, or an easy job will give you the chance to concentrate on your recovery and to get used to minor occupational stresses.

Before you apply for a job:

1. Seek employment support:

There are many organisations, charities and programmes available that are dedicated to helping recovering addicts find the right job. Your rehab may be able to refer you to some of these programmes. What other support is there post-rehab?

2. Change your social media presence:

It can be a common part of the application process for employers to look at the social media profiles of applicants. Delete any inappropriate images or statuses, so that the impression you make is a good one.

3. Prepare for interviews:

Research as much as you can about the company, and learn how to behave in an interview situation. Your employment support programme may offer this guidance.

4. Don’t worry if you are not successful:

The job market is incredibly competitive in today’s world. There is so much demand for jobs so there are so many more applicants per place. Don’t take it personally if you are unsuccessful in applications. Something will come along.

We are here to help

Whatever your questions, and whenever you need us, we are here for you.

Our addiction specialists are trained medically and will provide you will confidential and impartial support. Call us today on 0808 1150 446.

Last Updated on January 11, 2022 by Alison