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Finding a Job in Early Sobriety

Medically Reviewed by: Charley Allen

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You get out of rehab and think you’re home free. You’ve done the hard part, now it’s time to relax and put your feet up. To which we say, “Dude, you have no idea.” Getting sober is possibly the hardest thing you will ever do, but staying sober and rebuilding your life afterward is a whole other level of difficulty. The road to sobriety can be long and arduous, with many slipping back into old habits along the way. The first few weeks after leaving rehabilitation are known as the “honeymoon period” – a blissful time when everything feels fresh and new again, and the horrors of addiction seem like a distant nightmare rather than recent memory. But after that comes the real test: integrating into society again while keeping your demons at bay. Fortunately, enrolling in a quality sober living home can make this process far easier. Sober living not only statistically reduce your likelihood of relapsing, but also help residents find work, learn new skills, and manage their money. If you are ready to take the next step in rebuilding your life after getting sober, it is important to make use of these essential resources.

Finding a job and learning to manage your money in early sobriety

This is a crucial part of early sobriety that is often overlooked. You’ve been receiving help in a safe, drug-free environment, so managing your money has been a breeze. You’ve been fed, clothed, and housed – and now it’s time to fend for yourself again. That means going back to having money, learning how to manage it, and making sure you don’t fall back into your old spending and debt habits. This is an essential part of early sobriety, and something many people don’t think about. It’s vital to start learning how to manage your money again and get it under control. You may have been receiving financial assistance in sober living, which will stop once you leave. Alternatively, you may not have been working during your time in early recovery, and have no income coming in.

Looking for Work in Recovery

This will be a lot harder than you think. The idea of immediately finding a job, and being expected to perform, can be terrifying. You may even feel you’re not ready to work yet. There’s a lot riding on this. The sooner you can get back to earning an income, the sooner you can start to rebuild your life again. You’ll also be expected to start paying back your debts, as well as contributing to society and your community in other ways. Making a fresh start requires you to have a job, but also have a regular source of income to keep yourself afloat while you get back on your feet and reintegrate into society again.

Learning Responsibility and Accountability on the Job

You may be wondering how you’ll ever get a job with a criminal record, and what employers might think of your history of drug abuse. While the stigma attached to addiction isn’t great, it’s important to remember that addiction is a chronic, relapsing condition. You’ll be managing this disease for the rest of your life. In fact, one of the main things you’ll be expected to do as a newly sober person is to remain accountable and honest with your employer. You may feel like you have to hide the fact that you’re in recovery. But in reality, employers are much more accommodating than you might think. Moreover, since substance use disorders are legitimate mental health conditions – it is actually illegal for employers to discriminate against someone just because they are in recovery.

Using Your Support Group to Find Work

This is where your sober friends can step in and help you out. They can help you sort out your CV, and make sure it doesn’t raise any red flags with potential employers. They can also help you network and make connections with others in the industry you want to work in. In fact, according to a sober coach and business owner, the best way to find work in early sobriety is through your sober support group. You can make friends and connections through sober events, meetings, and events that can help you get back on your feet. You can also use your sober friends to provide references and help build your confidence up.

3 Tips for Finding a Job in Early Sobriety

When you’ve recently gotten sober, it can feel like the world is against you – that no one will hire you, that employers will see through your resume and know you’re in recovery. That’s not usually the case, but it might take some sleuthing to find a job as an early riser in sobriety. Often, leaving your old life behind means finding a new identity and word of mouth from trusted sources. These methods can help you land a job after early sobriety.
  • Make sure your CV is squeaky clean. You don’t want to draw attention to your previous addiction or criminal record, but it’s important to make sure it doesn’t stand out either. Make sure there’s nothing controversial on there, and that it’s as clean as possible.
  • Stay positive. Self-doubt and negativity about the state of your life will only hold you back. You need to be positive and believe that you can get a job and get back on your feet again.
  • Be specific. Don’t just say you want a job. Identify what type of job you want. What industry do you want to work in? What sort of company do you want to work for? What are your skills and strengths?

Get Help Finding Work at a Sober Living Home

Getting sober is hard, but reintegrating into society after rehab is even harder. You have no idea what’s waiting for you out there: the hoops you have to jump through, the hoops you have to jump through, the hoops you have to jump through. Getting back on your feet as soon as possible is essential, and finding work is the first step. Thankfully, there are plenty of resources available to help you get back into the workforce, and they’re readily accessible. You just have to know where to look. You just have to know where to look.
Finding a job can be a crucial step in the recovery process for individuals in early sobriety. Sober living houses in Los Angeles can offer a supportive environment to help residents pursue employment opportunities. These homes often provide resources such as job search assistance, resume building workshops, and interview preparation to help residents succeed in the workforce. In addition, living in a sober living house can provide a stable and structured living situation that can help individuals maintain their sobriety while navigating the challenges of a new job. If you’re in early sobriety and looking for support in finding employment, consider exploring the resources available at sober living houses in Los Angeles.


Edited by: David Beasley

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David Beasley is a certified RADT (Registered Alcohol/Drug Technician). David, moved to California from North Carolina after many failed attempts to get sober.

Medically Reviewed by: Charley Allen

Charley earned his Masters of Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Los Angeles, and is a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).He teaches mindfulness to both adults and children in group setting such as schools, corporate workplaces, and medical treatment facilities.

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