7 Tips for Recovering Addicts Looking For a Job

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For those who complete drug treatment and are back at home, there is an intense desire to hit the reset button on their life and come out of the gates strong. Perhaps the biggest goal people recovering from addiction have is finding meaningful employment. Having a consistent job not only builds up the back account, it provides recovering addicts with a sense of purpose and builds their self-esteem. Finding a job in today’s market can be difficult, and those who have awkward gaps on their resume can find it even more challenging. If you are in recovery and looking for work, the following 7 tips will help you increase their chances of finding long-term employment.

Sign Up At a Local Temp Agency

For recovering addicts who may fear applying for work through regular channels because of their spotty work history due to addiction, a great place to start finding work is through signing up at a local temp agency. These agencies may be more forgiving in regards to past history and many offer a wide variety of jobs that can help re-establish employment. You should be willing to take on any job no matter how long the job may last because it may help fill out some of the gaps in the resume–and it will generate some income.


If you are having difficulty  finding work, another useful tip in looking for a job is to volunteer. You want to find volunteer opportunities that you are passionate about, and while these opportunities should ideally be in a field that you want to be in, anything that will increase your skill set will work. While volunteer opportunities won’t pay, helping others will give you new skills and a renewed confidence in yourself. Additionally, those new experiences look great on a resume–and prospective employers do take notice.

Seek Internships if Available

If you know what you would like to do as far as a career, ask those employers if they have internship programs. Many internships are “free labor” in the eyes of employers, but you will gain valuable job experience. Additionally, employers may hire you on to full paying positions if you do well. Even if you don’t get a paid position, it again is something that you can put on your resume and it may lead to an even better opportunity down the road.

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Work for Yourself

If you are having trouble finding work, you could put the skills and experience you already have to good use and go into business for yourself. Whether you are strong in graphic design, photography, writing or other areas, you can offer your services on a freelance basis online. Since you’ll be working in a freelance capacity, your past history will never be seen or known by perspective clients. Additionally, if you are good at what you do you can earn a decent living.


Are you looking to learn a trade? There is a federal program run by the U.S. Department of Labor that matches people looking to train for a trade with over 25,000 employers ready nationwide to offer training and labor to those willing to apprentice. You can serve an apprenticeship for a variety for trades such as chef, dental assistant, electrician, carpenter, construction craftsman and many others. Through these apprenticeship programs, you would be able to find careers that can pay upwards of $50,000 yearly and more.


Upgrade Your Skills Through Extra Training

Are you looking for a specific job, but lack the skills needed to obtain that job? Another great tip for recovering people finding work is to increase you skills and experience by pursuing continuing education or job training programs. If funding is an obstacle, your local job center may offer free job training programs.

Get Help From Professional Organizations

For those in recovery who are looking for employment, there are national organizations the specialize in helping you get back on your feet. The United States Department of Labor features a One Stop Career Center where people can look for work through a network of national career centers. You can also contact non-profit agencies such as America In Recovery. This organization will link employers looking for labor and willing to hire those in recovery with appropriate job seekers in their area. If you have a past criminal history and record, you can contact The National HIRE Network and they can assist you in finding employment and the essential resources in your community that can help you stay in recovery.

Are You Looking for More Information on Finding Work in Recovery?

If you are looking for additional resources and information on how you can obtain employment in recovery, contact Addiction Information today. Our experienced staff will give you the resources and support you need in finding meaningful work that will help you start a new chapter in your life. Contact us today!

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