7 Reasons You Should Think About Finding A New Career After Recover


Is It Time For A New Career? Find Out Now


If you’re getting ready to transition into a sober living community, one of the requirements is finding a job. While some people may consider going back to their old job, others might want to think about finding a new career. As we all know, the workforce can be stressful. In some cases, your old career path could even be the cause of your addiction. With this in mind,  our sober living community staff think it’s important for everyone to take a few minutes to see if their old career matches up with their new life. We have even taken it upon ourselves to put together a list of key questions help guide you in your final decision.  Take a few minutes to see if you should start a new career. Once you are done, give us a call and let our case managers help you find the right career for you.

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7 Serious Questions To Ask Before Jumping Back Into Your Career

  1. Does Your Career Choice Put Your Sobriety At Risk

When most people think of finding the right career for themselves, they tend to put money over themselves. However, we think it ’s important for people recovering from addiction to take a moment to consider their sobriety. As we all know, some jobs do not offer the most conducive workplace for employees seeking a sober environment.  Chances are,  recovering addicts will relapse if they are immersed in a work environment that promotes drug and alcohol use.  In some light,  you should also inspect the work culture of your career. While the job may not promote the use of drugs and alcohols, the staff members of a particular company may have a tradition of going out for drinks after work.  As a result, such a work environment can trigger anyone struggling with an addiction to relapse.

  1. How Stressful Is Your Career

As far as stress goes, some career choices are more stressful than others. In light of this, residences of sober living communities should consider how much stress they can handle. This is important because stress can take a serious toll on people recovering from an addiction. And, if you are not careful,  stress on the job can cause you to relapse.  At the time, people who experience high levels of stress also suffer from high blood pressure. And, they also put themselves at risk of a heart attack. With this in mind,  it is important for people recovering from a substance abuse disorder to think about how much they can handle.


  1. Does Your Employer Respect Your Sobriety

For people in after addiction recovery, finding a job that respects your sobriety is important. Believe it or not, drug and alcohol consumption on the job is more prevalent than you might imagine. And, if your supervisor doesn’t take your drug and alcohol addiction serious, this can have a detrimental effect on the sober living condition.  Therefore, if your employer attempts to pressure you into taking a drink with them, you should consider finding another job. At the same time,   you should also think about finding a new career if drug and alcohol use is apart of the standard norm in the office.

  1. Are You Excited About Your Career

If you’re considering transitioning back into the workforce, finding an inspiring career can be extremely beneficial. For starters, if you love what you do, you will never have to work another day in your life. Second, finding an inspiring career can keep you motivated. At the same time, finding a career that inspires you can give you a sense of accomplishment.  In the end, this is important because it can help you maintain your confidence and boost your self-esteem.  Not to mention, finding a career that you are passionate about helps you focus on your job. Which means you don’t have any time to get sidetracked by your drug addiction.

  1. Is Your Career Depressing

As we all know, some jobs are draining.  Henceforth, a toxic work environment can have dramatic side effects on your health and your recovery. If your old career makes you feel depressed or overly stressed, you should consider finding a new career path. Believe it or not, a depressing field of work can cause a person to relapse.  As can be seen in recent studies,  more and more workers turning to drugs and alcohol as a method to escape depression. Therefore, we think it’s important to save yourself the stress and find a job that fits your lifestyle.

  1. Does Your Career Lack Work-Life Balance?

Another important part of finding the right career for you is finding a field with the right work-life balance.  Maintaining work-life balance is important because it prevents burnout in the workplace. Just as you might imagine, burnout in the workplace can cause fatigue, mood swings, irritability, and a decrease in work performance. Eventually, workplace burnout can trigger drug addiction relapse for people struggling with addiction.

  1. Are You Comfortable With Being Paid Commission?

If you’re thinking about going into a career field where the competition is high, you should take a moment to think about the requirements of the job. While commission based jobs are a  great idea for some people, other people struggle with the competitive nature of the field.  However, if you’re a self-driven person who likes to take on new challenges,  commission based jobs are great. But, if you’re the kind of person who prefers to receive a salary, you should consider a  different option.

Should You Find  A New Career?

At the end of the day, everyone recovering from addiction should aim to find a job that gives them the best opportunity to advance themselves and maintain their sobriety. For this reason, sober living residents should take their time, and think carefully about transitioning back into the workforce. While creating wealth is important,  your health is also important. Hopefully, the questions listed above, help narrow down your career options.

If you’re still not sure which career is the best for you, contact our professional trained case managers today. Our incredible team of sober living professionals can help you define your goals and help you map out your career.

Let us help you start building your life. Contact Gate House Sober Community, today.

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