What to Expect When You Work at a Rehab
Often, people in recovery decide to work at a rehab once they get stable. It seems like a great idea, but it can have some significant risks. We recently reported on a New Hampshire woman arrested for trafficking heroin. That on its own is hardly newsworthy.
There are hundreds of people each month arrested for possession and distribution of heroin. What was interesting, though, were the circumstances surrounding her arrest. See, she’s a substance abuse counselor at a New Hampshire treatment center. So, let’s explore the phenomenon of working at a rehab center and being in recovery. It offers some major benefits and some equally notable pitfalls.
Helping Others in the Same Boat
The primary benefit of working at a rehab center as a sober person is the ability to help addicts and alcoholics in early sobriety. Generally, recovery addicts hear in meetings that newcomers are the most important people. Thus, recovered addicts should always have our hand out to those who are struggling with addiction. Working at a rehab center and being in recovery gives an individual the ability to help newcomers. Still, there is a significant drawback – being paid. It’s one thing if you’re volunteering at a treatment center. It’s another if you’re an employee. While addicts may be helping newcomers in drug treatment by sharing experience, strength, and hope, they are not doing it for free.
Additionally, there are some other benefits of being a man or woman in recovery and working in treatment. We’re able to connect with patients in a way that individuals who have not personally struggled with addiction, may not. Hence, being sober and working in a drug rehabilitation center may provide the ability to be a more productive worker. That’s true of behavioral health techs (BHTs), therapists, doctors, group leaders, alumni coordinators, clinical directors, and everyone else who help operate a drug rehab.
The Risk of Relapse When You Work at a Drug Rehab
If there’s one significant risk of working in addiction treatment and being in recovery, it is relapse. The risk of relapse is genuine and very dangerous. The damage that a reoccurrence of use can have on patients can be overwhelming. So, the question then becomes, how do addicts avoid relapse while working at a treatment center? Generally, practices such as practicing continual self-care and honesty. Additionally, concepts such as prayer, meditation, and service to others can help prevent relapse. In other words, these are the building blocks of everyone’s sobriety.
Well, Do I Take the Job or Not?
If you’re considering a job at a drug rehab center – do you take it or not? Well, it all comes down to the individual, their personality, and their choice. Generally, there are individuals in recovery who are amazing addiction professionals. Some people will be able to work in treatment and flourish. On the other hand, some addicts may struggle with the reality of dealing with addictions of others 24/7. It’s that simple and that complicated. If you’re offered work at rehab, and you’re in recovery – do you take it?
Why not ask the people around you? Furthermore, consult with your friends, family, or sponsor. Additionally, discuss the risks of relapse and burn out with your significant other and those closest to you to ensure you have a reliable support system in place if you decide to seek the rewarding career path of helping others.