Heading back to work following addiction treatment can help bring about a sense of normalcy. However, it can be both exciting and scary. You may be ready to get back into the swing of things but also be worried about whether you can manage the responsibilities while also prioritizing your recovery. Many people find that returning to work is a good change and helps them to keep pushing forward.
Working Provides Routine
Routine and structure are important in recovery. Getting up each day to go to work, knowing how you will spend a large portion of your time, and doing your job can give you a greater sense of purpose. You have something to look forward to and people who expect you to show up. It eliminates the risk of having big chunks of downtime where you may become bored and make poor decisions.
Working Provides Distraction
While you are at work, you are likely thinking about the projects you are working on, deadlines that need to be met, how you will overcome challenges or present new ideas, what meetings you need to prepare for, and so on. It keeps your mind occupied with something other than thinking about substance use. It stimulates your critical thinking, problem solving, time management, relationship building, communication, and other key skills.
Working Generates Income
You may have struggled financially while in active addiction. It may have led to job loss or debt. But now that you are in a healthier place and working again, you are earning an income. It can allow you to get back on your feet, feel more independent, and support yourself and your family. You’re able to start better managing and meeting your financial obligations.
Working Boosts Confidence
As you return to work, get into a routine, and start achieving results, it can be very rewarding. You realize that you are able to make positive contributions without sacrificing your recovery, and you are part of a team that depends on you. It can be empowering to apply what you have been learning and working on through addiction treatment and see how it makes a difference. You can effectively manage stress and expectations while maintaining your sobriety and getting your work done.
Realize that you may need to start off slowly and build your responsibilities. You don’t want to jump into things too fast and take on more than you can comfortably handle. Talk to your boss or HR about creating a schedule that fits both your needs and theirs and allows you to make a smoother transition back to work.
Returning to work is a big step, but it is yet another way to move forward and build a healthier life in recovery. Seacliff Recovery Center can help you to overcome addiction and develop the skills and resources you need to balance employment and recovery. Contact Seacliff today to learn more and begin your recovery journey.