Jobs in Recovery
For newly sober women, a job can be both a challenge and opportunity. Often times, addiction takes individuals to a place where they’re no longer employable. In some cases, they’ve never worked at all. Other times, women haven’t yet lost their jobs. Whatever someone’s individual experience may be, finding a job in early sobriety is often viewed as a stepping-stone.
At many women’s addiction treatment centers, the first job in sobriety is referred to as a “recovery job.” This means it’s a job that’s low-stress and which allows the individual to focus on finding a sponsor, working their steps, and getting to a place where the obsession to get high is removed.
Working While Getting Sober
Opinions of course vary, but most women who have gone to treatment and been in early recovery agree that a high stress job, or a focus on making money and having a job that “looks good,” is a really good way to lose focus on what matters – staying sober.
Not all women are fortunate enough to have options about what job they choose, but for those able to, choosing a job that is less demanding of time and emotional investment is optimal. Part-time jobs are often ideal. Working somewhere that doesn’t serve alcohol or stay open late is also important to some. In this case, it’s a good idea to talk to your sponsor and treatment team about what jobs work best.
Should You Tell Your Employer You’re Sober?
This can be tricky, as honesty is a core value of sobriety. On the flip side, anonymity and the right to privacy are crucial and should be respected. There are benefits to explaining addiction to an employer – it can help when asking for schedule adjustments to accommodate a home group or meeting with a sponsor. It can, and sometimes must, explain an absence spent in a treatment center.
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It’s Up to You!
Ultimately, it’s up to each individual woman to decide what she does or doesn’t share. Recovery and membership in a twelve-step fellowship are sacred and personal. While it doesn’t always work this way in practice, in theory only the woman herself should be able to break her own anonymity. This is especially true at work.
For those who live in recovery heavy areas, like South Florida or Minneapolis/St. Paul, often the pressure of explaining is non-existent. Employers already know from their own experiences. In other areas, it may be best to wait and decide on a case-by-case basis. A sponsor who’s been through the process of telling, or not telling, a boss about her own recovery can be a great guide through the process.
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