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For individuals who have achieved or are in the process of achieving sobriety, lasting success in recovery will often be determined by how thoroughly the individuals have been prepared for their reintegration into their respective communities. In addition to returning home and rebuilding relationships, a key part of one’s success in recovery is the inevitable return to the workforce. As such, we offer a comprehensive and extremely useful workforce re-entry program, which has been specially designed to help individuals maximize their chances for lasting success in recovery by coaching them regarding workplace safety, employment best practices, job search strategies, and some job placement.

What is a Workforce Re-Entry Program?

The journey from active addiction to lasting sobriety takes time, dedication, and conviction. We often associate recovery with addiction treatment and rehab centers, but it’s important to remember that there are many paths to sobriety and numerous resources that can prove vital to one’s success in recovery. Further, there’s a tendency to focus on resources like psychotherapy and counseling, which, despite often being vital to an individual achieving sobriety, represent only a piece of the overall puzzle. Many individuals require other types of resources that are designed to help them thrive in recovery once they’ve completed treatment and returned to their communities. One example of such a resource is our workforce re-entry program.

As the name suggests, the ultimate goal of our workforce re-entry program is to help individuals who are completing or have completed treatment to reintegrate themselves into the greater workforce. For any self-sufficient, independent adult, maintaining employment is a vital part of one’s survival, allowing a person to sustain his or her life by providing an income source. It’s only with this income source that a person can pay his or her bills, including things like rent and utilities, in addition to buying food and covering the cost of transportation. In many ways, returning to the workforce is one of the most important contributors to one’s longevity in recovery.

But what are some of the more specific goals and objectives of our workforce re-entry program?

Fostering Independence and Self-Sufficiency

Upon descending into active addiction, many individuals find themselves struggling to maintain employment. This occurs for a number of reasons. For instance, the daily abuse of alcohol or drugs causes intoxication and oftentimes a subsequent hangover; whether intoxicated or “hung over,” an individual may find it difficult to fulfill his or her duties at work, resulting in an absence. Over time, these absences increase, putting one’s employment in jeopardy. Alternately, many employers require employees to furnish evidence that they are remaining alcohol- and drug-free through random drug testing; while this is most commonly used as part of the hiring and onboarding process, there are some companies that continue to perform random drug screens throughout a person’s employment. When an individual who suffers from a substance abuse problem is required to take a random drug screen, it’s likely that a positive test result will result in the loss of the individual’s job.

Not only is the actual treatment and recovery process crucial for an individual to become independent and self-sufficient in society, our program reinforces this newfound independent by providing individuals with a means of attaining stable, gainful employment. As part of our program, individuals receive positive reinforcement with regard to their adoption of positive habits and practices that make them more viable candidates for employment. Additionally, the program will identify and address many of the behavioral factors that would inhibit an individual from being able to perform at work.

Helping Individuals Find Suitable Employment

Every person has a unique base of knowledge and his or her own unique set of skills and abilities. For this reason, while one individual might be an ideal candidate for a particular line of work, someone with different types of abilities may not be the best fit with that type of employment. As such, it’s extremely important for individuals — those who are recovering from substance abuse disorders as well as all other persons — to become knowledgeable about how to best match their skill set to opportunities in their respective job markets.

As part of our workforce re-entry program, we will help individuals with regard to finding job opportunities that best correspond to their particular skills. Additionally, there will be a limited level of job placement available to those who participate in our program. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that individuals who are in recovery are able to secure stable, gainful employment in which they can perform the required job duties as successfully and completely as possible.

Maintaining Safety and Productivity in Our Workforce Re-Entry Program

Beyond the likelihood that substance abuse would result in the loss of one’s job, another major danger that individuals suffering from addiction often face pertains to workplace accidents and injuries. When an employee is either under the influence or “hungover,” he or she is much less capable of performing optimally on the job. In such instances, it becomes exponentially more likely that an individual might injure himself/herself or a fellow employee as the presence of mind-altering substances in the body inhibits motor functioning and the decision-making process. In other words, having an employee who suffers from a substance abuse problem puts the entire workplace in jeopardy while also resulting in revenue losses for the company due to losses in productivity.

In addition to placement and teaching individuals how to optimize their work performance, our workforce re-entry program emphasizes workplace safety. Of course, the specific best safety practices will vary from one position to another, depending largely on the line of work in question; however, our program focuses on many of the most common safety protocols that tend to apply to most entry-level positions. For instance, we will be covering some basic tips and recommendations regarding the handling of dangerous machinery as well as some best practices for warehousing positions. Depending on the needs of the individual, we might also cover some best practices for managerial and administrative positions as well.