Once you’ve gotten clean and are starting to get your life back together, you may wonder if you’ll be able to achieve employment. You may be embarrassed of your history and have a rocky resume. However, being an addict alone will not prevent you from being hired. An employer may wonder what you have been doing, but you are not required to tell them any part of your personal life. If you decide to share that personal information, it is illegal for them to not hire you based on that information. If you have gone through treatment, it is likely you have a gap in your job history. Potential employers may ask what you were doing during the absence. You can simply reply by stating you had family business to tend to, if you aren’t willing to share your personal story. However, many employers will commend you for your courage and hard work. Being addicted to drugs and making the decision to get clean shows great determination and bravery. The fact that you followed through sends your potential employer the message that you are dedicated and not afraid of hard work. A person who is already employed and wanting to seek treatment should do so. Many companies care about their employees and want them well. They might even pay for treatment. With many companies, your job is protected while you are in treatment. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) makes it possible for you to take up to 12 weeks of leave within a 12 month period and promises that your job will be there when you return. Treatment makes you a better employee, and all employers want that. Some addicts have been using for so long, they have never had a job. If this is the case for you, don’t worry. It just means you’re going to have to start at the bottom. There are endless different types of jobs out there. Even when the economy is struggling, people still need to buy groceries and get gas. These types of businesses are everywhere and likely do not require any sort of experience. Once you start somewhere, it will open up new doors to other opportunities.
Your story is waiting to begin with the rest of your life. Treatment is the beginning of the journey that changes your story. At Oceanfront Recovery, a treatment facility in Orange County, California, we believe that when you change your story, you change your life. Call us today for information on our programs for treatment, including our exclusive executive track. 877.279.1777