Employment Before, During and After Addiction Recovery

“The 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (PDF | 7.6 MB) found that 68.9% of the estimated 22.4 million illicit drug users, ages 18 or older, are employed full or part time. The same survey found that most binge drinkers and heavy alcohol users are also employed. Of adult binge drinkers, 79.3% (41.2 million people) are employed either full or part time. Of adult heavy drinkers, 76.1% (12.4 million people) are employed.”

Nearly 20 million American adults are dealing with stress and anxiety in the workplace and are all too often turning to drugs and alcohol to escape negative feelings and emotions. 

Managing employment before addiction recovery

You are not alone. At first, those struggling with a substance use disorder believe they can control their addiction while juggling employment, family, friends, etc. But over the course of time, many turn to addiction recovery and treatment services to help get them back on a healthy, fulfilling path. 

If you or a loved one are considering help for substance use or co-occurring disorders, our skilled team of addiction specialists, physicians, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and therapists are here for you. We will:

  • Conduct physical, psychological and spiritual evaluations
  • Perform psychological and neurocognitive screening
  • Review your occupational and psychosocial history
  • Seek to learn family and relationship issues

Managing employment during addiction recovery

When you are ready to enter into an addiction recovery program, it may be possible to retain your job while seeking addiction treatment.

However, during your time away from work, it’s important to make addiction recovery your top priority. You will be immersed in the foundational elements of our primary program, which include:

  • 12-step facilitation
  • Cognitive and relapse prevention therapies
  • Family education and counseling

Managing employment after addiction recovery

Once you’ve completed treatment, our continuing care planning team will work with you to arrange an appropriate plan to return to a work environment, if applicable. This includes identifying job resources, possible relapse triggers, and setting up a support network so that you can live a full life in recovery.  

You deserve the best possible care and to live a life that’s free of drug and alcohol addiction—so you can continue giving others the best possible care. If you are ready to take the next step toward addiction recovery, contact Pavillon at 828-528-3401. We provide comprehensive, effective and confidential addiction treatment for licensed professionals.